Addiction recovery is not just about detoxing. The reality is that total recovery from alcohol or drugs is a process that involves many different steps and forms of therapy. A variety of approaches are used throughout the recovery process to help people overcome their cravings, avoid relapses, and achieve lifelong recovery. Individual therapy is one of the most common and essential parts of holistic addiction treatment.
At Northpoint Washington, therapy is designed with the individual in mind. Each person has an opportunity to take advantage of a wide range of therapies and treatments that promote long-term recovery in a safe and friendly environment.
Benefits of Individual Therapy
Recovery from substance abuse is so much more than just the detoxing process, which only takes physical recovery from drugs or alcohol. Individual therapy addresses the mental and emotional needs of an individual in recovery. Because drugs and alcohol are often used to self-medicate or deal with difficult situations and emotions, there are usually many unique emotions and thoughts after the substances are out of the person’s body.
Therapy can help put the pieces back together, help the individual address their challenges, and allow them to function successfully in life again. Ongoing therapy is also necessary to help avoid relapses. There are so many social situations or psychological issues that can play a role in triggering a relapse. Individual therapy can address many of these triggers, including:
Going back to situations where an individual used to drink or use drugs can trigger old thought patterns and behaviors. This can include going to the same neighborhood, restaurant, bar, or other location tied to addictive behaviors. Therapy helps people find coping mechanisms to deal with these kinds of situations.
Stressors in specific situations
Stress from work, relationships, family, and other life situations can motivate a desire to self-medicate. Therapy helps find more constructive ways of dealing with stress.
Social cues and clues
It can be challenging to continue to see friends who also drink or use drugs. The pressure can be too strong to join in again. Therapy helps to understand this and learn to have healthier relationships and ways to approach tricky social situations.
Types of Individual Therapy
Individual therapy aims to provide more time, energy, and resources to treat addiction more intimately and privately. By giving the individual more focused one-on-time, we can explore their addiction more closely and find solutions that help them meet their goals. Lifelong recovery is more likely to occur when people get the attention they need to identify their problems and overcome them. Individual therapy programs often last 30, 60, or 90-days.
Our individual therapy program offers the highest level of care possible through evidence-based treatment (EBT) options. This science-driven approach allows us to utilize methods that are time-tested and peer-approved. Treatment at our substance abuse treatment center may include:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Experiential therapy
- Trauma-informed care
- Acceptance and commitment therapy
- Motivational interviewing
A CBT program utilizes therapeutic strategies to improve your ability to function on a day-to-day basis. CBT is helpful for anxiety, depression, PTSD, addiction, and other mental health needs. It is an approach to therapy that is commonly used in an addiction treatment program, as it allows you to look at your behaviors to assess where you can make changes.
Treatment in a DBT program will involve working closely with a therapist and participating in group sessions to learn new ways to interact with other people. Some of the goals of this type of treatment are to teach you that everything is connected in your life and that you can change thoughts that are not productive or helpful.
Reach Out to the Northpoint Washington Team for Individual Therapy Today
Our licensed therapists are here to help you through each step of treatment so that you can get clean and stay clean for life. Our program includes inpatient treatment that incorporates evidence-based and holistic treatment designed to help you with all aspects of your addiction or disorder.
If you are ready to move forward with your recovery, then Northpoint Washington can provide you with everything you need to break the cycle of addiction. To find out more about our individual therapy program, contact us today by calling 425.437.3298 or completing our confidential online form. Let our team get you started on the path towards recovery.