Although group therapy and self-help programs can be very valuable in recovery from alcohol and substance abuse, these strategies work best when combined with one-on-one sessions with a psychologist who understands the unique issues of addiction and recovery. Individual therapy for recovery from addiction can reinforce and amplify the work done in group sessions while also helping to accelerate your progress.
Why individual therapy?
Most clients begin with focused individual sessions to help you initiate change and build a foundation for moving forward. Some continue with individual therapy only, others transition from individual to group therapy, while still others continue with both individual and group therapy. Individual therapy focuses not only on helping you change your substance use behavior, but also helps you to develop a clearer understanding of the forces that have brought you to this point and to work through the underlying emotional issues that keep you stuck in repeating cycles of substance use and other harmful behaviors.
Individual therapy provides certain benefits that group therapy alone does not, including:
- Individualized assistance with psychological issues that may be intertwined with your addiction and substance use.
- Greater attention to crises and motivational issues that arise during recovery, especially in the early stages.
- A secure setting to discuss sensitive issues, such as relationships, sex and self-esteem.
Some people write off individual psychotherapy as unnecessary, but it can substantially enhance your recovery and make it easier to stay committed to treatment. The benefits of individual therapy can extend far beyond your initial period of abstinence, helping you to better cope with stressful life circumstances and emotional issues without returning to alcohol or other drug use.
Even if you manage to remain abstinent, relieving the many problems caused by drug use, you may find that underlying emotional problems only become sharper when the veil of substance use has been lifted. Many people strive consciously to remain abstinent, but still experience a gravitational pull that leads them back to alcohol/drug use.
Individual therapy can help you bring these underlying issues out into the open and so you have a chance to deal with them more effectively. By learning about the factors that lead to your addiction instead of just how to stop using, it becomes easier to maintain your recovery over the long-term. Individual therapy offers a way to look deeper into the role that your substance use has played in your life, including the ways you used it to self-medicate other problems.
Whether you struggle with alcohol, opioids, cocaine or other drugs, individual therapy can increase your chances of successful recovery.
How is my individualized treatment planned?
Dr. Washton will work collaboratively with you to develop an individualized treatment plan. This plan may include individual therapy, group therapy, or a combination of the two, depending on what you need and what seems to make the most sense If you are already involved with another therapist or psychiatrist, Dr. Washton will gladly coordinate your treatment with them while you are receiving his help for issues more directly related to your substance use.
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Dr. Washton is a widely recognized addiction psychologist and book author with offices in New York and Princeton. He provides private, discreet treatment and will design a personalized treatment plan tailored to meet your individual needs.