Individual therapy is a process where individuals meet with a licensed and skilled therapist to discuss problems with their behaviors, relationships, their own beliefs, or physical issues (somatic) that are resulting from these issues. Although many people feel that there is something inherently wrong with them if they go to therapy, that is actually not true. Therapy is an excellent way to get an objective viewpoint of one’s circumstances and receive feedback that can help the individual make different choices. If you are struggling with self-destructive behaviors or habits, or you are not happy in a relationship, or you are having difficulty resolving a past experience, therapy can provide a fresh and new perspective that can change your outlook on life for the better.
There are various types of individual therapy that one can explore, depending on their personal needs and circumstances. Some of the more common evidence-based therapies in the addiction field are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Somatic Experiencing, Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Seeking Safety and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). These are just a few of the modalities used when helping individuals address their addiction challenges. However, there are many others that can provide substantial relief and positive results, depending on how the individual responds. It is critical that people are comfortable with the process they are going through to resolve their issues, so finding a modality that suits their comfort level, their specific needs, and a therapist that understands how to navigate through the process is very important.
Finally, therapists have an ethical obligation to keep all information you share with them confidential. They are mandated to follow the guidelines created by the American Psychological Association, in order to maintain their licensure. Individuals need to understand that the information they divulge cannot be shared with anyone outside of a treatment team setting, and all of their personal information is protected by the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Drug and alcohol treatment has become highly generic in its approach to helping people recover. Not because they are greedy and selfish and heartless (well, some are), but because they need to meet their bottom line and keep their doors open. Running a rehab is expensive, plain and simple. However, in this process of keeping “heads on beds”, the individual who is struggling gets thrown into a system of care that is designed to help the masses, but isn’t actually doing a lot to provide care for each specific person, based on their situation.See how we are different