Addressing the emotional and mental challenges that contribute to addiction is often just as important as treating the physical symptoms of cravings and withdrawal. For those in inpatient rehabilitation, a proper approach to therapy and counseling can provide immense benefits.
Therapy in a rehabilitation setting comes in many forms and functions, targeting patient needs on both the group and individual levels. At New Light Medical, we put a strong focus on individual therapy as a way to help patients come to terms with their addiction, identify initial drivers behind use, and learn more appropriate ways to cope with stress and trauma.
Individual therapy, also referred to as psychotherapy, is a form of counseling that occurs in a one-to-one setting. Unlikely group therapy, in which a therapist meets with patients in a collaborative environment and discusses topics that apply to a whole group, individual therapy is deeply personal. In individual therapy, patients are free to discuss virtually any subject, no matter how sensitive, in a confidential atmosphere without risk of judgment or ridicule. This offers a certain openness from which many patients benefit, providing a positive way to get to the bottom of any issues affecting substance abuse.
Each year, nearly 60 million Americans seek individual support from a counselor or therapist. While talk-therapy dates back to the ancient Greeks, modern psychotherapy is based on the principles of the famed Sigmund Freud, as well as further study by British writer and surgeon Walter Cooper Dendy in the 1850s. His research in what was then known as “psycho-therapeia” lent credibility to individual counseling and laid the foundation for the development of psychotherapeutic therapies by Alfred Adler and Carl Jung. The field continued to evolve into the 1900s, with numerous innovations led by modern psychologists including Marsha Linehan and Aaron Beck.
Due to its intimate nature, individual therapy can be used to address many forms of emotional and personal issues, including:
At New Light Medical, we are able to apply the principles of psychotherapy to your addiction as well as any associated actions. We believe that targeting personal stress and trauma at the source can be deeply effective, helping you to heal emotionally in order to heal physically.
Individual therapy is a blanket term that can be used to describe several key forms of psychotherapy. As individual counseling is a personal journey, not all opportunities will be right for all patients. At your first appointment, your counselor will work with you to determine the best possible path forward.
Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is a form of therapy that is intended to address dysfunctional emotions, thoughts, and actions. Through CBT, patients can learn to identify problematic thoughts and apply proven techniques to redirect behavior.
An attachment-focused form of psychotherapy, interpersonal therapy is focused on the idea that personal relationships drive psychological problems. Interpersonal therapy is often very regimented, lasting for a strict 12 to 16 weeks, and provides strategies to strengthen and improve interpersonal connections.
An adaptation to CBT, dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, embraces the seemingly opposing concepts of acceptance and change to adjust erratic or inappropriate behavior. DBT is categorized by four modules: mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation.
Psychodynamic therapy is a form of psychotherapy that intends to uncover the subconscious mind in order to alleviate psychic tensions. This method accepts the idea that uncovering unconscious urges can improve behavior, helping patients to channel energy into healthier outlets.
Both individual and group therapy are available for patients working with New Light Medical. However, each process has its own pros and cons that can affect patient care.
Individual therapy is a very personalized and customized form of counseling. In an individual session, patients are free to talk about anything they want, including troubling or personal information. While these topics may be challenging to discuss, especially for those not used to opening up in therapy, addressing the problems behind drug abuse can make an remarkable difference. Individual therapy is also generally unique to a patient’s needs, with topics and approaches tailored to the particular issues at hand. This can make individual therapy more effective than group applications, especially for patients with sensitive issues in their pasts.
Group therapy, on the other hand, offers a therapeutic environment in the company of others. Groups are generally comprised of individuals who share issues – in this instance, drug or alcohol addiction – and can be used to hone in on healing tactics that may be beneficial for all participants. Unlike individual therapy, group therapy offers a built-in support system, helping patients to feel less isolated or abandoned. In group therapy, patients can learn from both therapists and each other. Due to the nature of a group setting, individuals are less likely to receive specific or customized care; instead, each group focuses on more general topics that are likely to affect all or most participants.
For those unfamiliar with therapy, speaking to a third party about personal issues may be uncomfortable or frustrating. Patients may be reluctant to talk, whether out of awkwardness or a misdirected belief that therapy can’t possibly make a difference. However, those who adhere to the therapeutic process can see great gains.
Your first appointment sets the framework for the rest of therapy. Prior to your first meeting, you may be asked to fill out intake paperwork so that your therapist is fully aware of your medical history. Then, you’ll undergo an assessment with your therapist, which will likely include discussing your feelings, your thoughts about rehab, and your drug use. While speaking about your addiction, the challenges in your life that lead to addiction, and the consequences you have suffered may not be easy, it will be necessary. This initial meeting is a time for your therapist to plan the course of your treatment, so do not hold anything back that may help.
After your first appointment, your therapist will have a better idea of how to proceed. He or she will choose an approach to psychotherapy that best fits with your specific needs, and work with you to achieve objectives you outline together. As you progress, your therapist may adjust the goal posts set for you to ensure you maximize the opportunities available.
Addiction treatment is a variable and complex arena, but one-on-one therapy can make a significant difference. Overall about two-thirds of all patients who seek therapy see improvement, and that can be increased when the therapists are properly trained and focused on their field, such as substance abuse.
All patients entering treatment at New Light Medical will have the opportunity to work with a highly trained and licensed addiction therapist who can help you examine the psychological and emotional drivers behind your addiction. Over time, you will explore the experiences that shaped your life and ideals, your personal motivations, and the root causes of your addiction. By the time you are finished with the program, you will be armed with the tools necessary to resist temptation, cope with stressors, and stay strong in your recovery.
If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, New Light Medical can help. Contact us today at (855) 224-8707 to learn more.