Why One-On-One Therapy Matters
Overcoming addiction from drugs and alcohol takes much more than detoxification and remaining sober. If it were that easy, it wouldn’t be such a struggle for millions of people. Properly overcoming addiction with the best long-term results involves treatment, which includes not only detoxification but also one-on-one therapy as well as group therapy and family therapy. These types of therapy can be difficult to go through, as they can be stressful and emotional. However, they are extremely rewarding. Learn why one-on-one therapy matters and ways to open up and get the best results possible.
Why One on One Therapy Matters: Making a Connection
Making a connection with your therapist makes all the difference in the world. Addiction is a symptom of a larger problem, called the root cause, and being able to connect with your therapist allows you to open up to be able to learn what that root cause is. The more you are able to be open and honest with your therapist, the more they will be able to get to know you and give you the proper tools you need to succeed.
In addition, your therapist will be able to determine whether you have any underlying or undiagnosed mental illnesses that have been contributing to your addiction. You may also be holding onto some symptoms of a traumatic experience, or something that happened in your childhood. By working through these issues, your therapist can help you heal on a deep level.
Another reason one-on-one therapy matters is because addiction can wreak havoc on all types of adult relationships. This can mean divorces between spouses, rifts between family members, cutting once dear friends out of people’s lives, and abuse between partners. Abuse can come in many shapes and forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, or behavioral. A lot of trust becomes lost through addiction, and it can seem difficult to rebuild that trust.
Additionally, many new relationships formed during addiction, such as a new social circle or romantic relationship, are usually based on substance abuse and can be very shady and distrusting.
The first step to rebuilding trust with other adults is often having one-on-one therapy. By being able to connect with another adult in a nonjudgemental, trusting, helpful way, it can be the first building block to saving the other important relationships.
The more one-on-one therapy you are able to receive, the more your therapist will be able to get to know you and your needs. This will lead to a more individualized experience in treatment rather than a cookie-cutter program that may not suit your needs.
Ways that individualized recovery is beneficial include:
- Overcoming triggers. By getting to know your unique triggers, your therapist will be able to craft a plan especially for you and scenarios that you may find yourself in.
- Aftercare needs. Your therapist, as he or she gets to know you, will be better able to put together an aftercare plan for you and your needs. Whether it is to live in a sober living facility or working to rebuild trust in your familial home, one-on-one therapy matters to get this worked out.
- Getting recovery on your pace. Not everyone is able to overcome their addiction at the same time table. Individuals with a more mild addiction could only take 30 days, while others may need ongoing medication-assisted therapy and require many more months of treatment. Your therapist will be able to help determine whether you’re ready to return to your life or if you need more time to recover.
Better Long-Term Results
One-on-one therapy matters because it gives you the best long-term results possible. By making a connection with your therapist, rebuilding trust with other adults, and crafting an individualized recovery plan you are headed down the best path toward long-term sobriety.
Simply put: the more your therapist is able to get to know you, the better your chances of staying sober become. You’ve made the decision to go to treatment and overcome your addiction — use it to your full advantage and get the most out of it as you can.
About Seasons in Malibu
The addiction recovery process can be stressful and emotional, but one-on-one therapy is extremely rewarding in the end. Being able to trust and have the peace of mind that you will no longer live in the dark world of addiction is a wonderful feeling. There’s no better time to get started than now.
Treatment at Seasons in Malibu is systemic, integrative and client-centered. Our philosophy is grounded in the understanding that in order for the client to heal, the entire system needs the opportunity to heal along with them. The pressure to “fix” the client can become overwhelming and unrealistic if we do not examine the underlying issues, dynamics and environmental influences that might be contributing to substance abuse or ongoing mental health issues. Whenever practical, we try to include close loved ones in sessions and in the entire process of recovering from addiction and/or addressing mental health issues.
It is a priority for us that our life-changing drug and alcohol treatment be available to the people who need it. We are fully familiar with how much strength and courage it takes to pick up the phone and ask for help. Our counselors are invested in your well-being and are ready around-the-clock to guide you or a trusted friend or family member through the initial steps of overcoming drug or alcohol addiction.
With our superior team of clinicians, we are able to succinctly pinpoint those areas of focus which will give the client the most advanced opportunity for success. Our approach towards healing is collaborative, comprehensive and committed.
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