Individual Therapy as a Tool in Overcoming Addiction and Abuse

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No two lives are the same, so no two therapies for addiction recovery and substance abuse should be the same. The group therapy dynamic can help renew and strengthen potentially damaged social skills, but may not be the most efficient or effective way to deal with each participant’s experiences. The privacy and confidentiality of individual therapy can also help rebuild trust in others, a skill much-needed in the recovery process.

Individual Therapy Timeline

A Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder posted by the American Psychological Association indicates that on average it will take 15-20 sessions to see lasting results.

Individual therapy sessions with a licensed and certified mental health professional will last about 50 minutes to 1 hour and will occur about 4 times per week. Consistency is important, but the frequency can be adjusted depending on your needs.

What to Expect in Individual Therapy

Besides getting to know each other during your first sessions, your therapist will be gauging your commitment to recovery and addressing any issues they observe that may sabotage your progress.

In these first sessions, you will also work together to set goals and establish the responsibilities of both patient and therapist. These responsibilities must be taken seriously because they are the foundation of trust from both sides.

Together you will review your progress, and reassess your goals and practices. A significant portion of this assessment process will be to identify hurdles or barriers and develop a plan to overcome them.

In your final sessions, you will work on creating a re-entry plan, particularly if you have participated in intensive inpatient treatment.

Skills Learned through Individual Therapy

Whether you are learning new skills or relearning or strengthening old ones damaged by your substance abuse, individual therapy can help you become a better you. Some positive outcomes may be:

  • New coping skills
  • A renewed sense of identity
  • Emotion management
  • Improved social skills

Contact Summit Malibu

Individual does not mean alone. Summit Malibu in Malibu, CA is available to provide the care and treatment you need for substance abuse, addiction issues, and accompanying mental health issues. Contact us today for more information about our innovative therapy services.