Addiction treatment can be an overwhelming process for anyone. But if you’re also working through a mental health issue or trauma, the level of stress can be even more intense. This is why it’s important that individual therapy is available throughout your recovery journey. Therapy provides a safe space to work through your addiction and any other mental health issues you may have.
Individual Therapy Creates a Safe Space
Individual therapy sessions with a compassionate therapist can provide a safe space to work through your recovery from addiction. It’s helpful to explore your feelings and concerns with a therapist who has no previous connection to you or your family. This allows you to feel secure in knowing that the therapist will not judge or criticize the things that have happened in your life – even those that may have led you down the path of addiction.
A therapist can help you understand what triggers caused you to use drugs, alcohol, or other substances in the first place. The therapist can also help you assess how these triggers might affect your life going forward. This professional will also help you learn ways you can avoid triggers when they come up so that they don’t cause relapse in the future. Lastly, therapists can provide coping mechanisms for dealing with cravings once they do occur. That way, relapses don’t result from those cravings.
Creating a Relationship With Your Therapist
The individual therapist’s role is to help you understand and address the issues that led to drug addiction as well as the impact of addiction on your life. You may indeed be able to address these issues without professional therapy. If you do choose to go through down the therapy road, here are some of the benefits:
- Being listened to: In individual therapy sessions, you’ll have a chance to talk with a trained professional who will listen without judgment or criticism. Therapists are skilled at helping you work through your feelings in an open environment free from distraction.
- Helping you learn about yourself: The goal of individual therapy is not to fix what’s wrong with someone else. Instead, therapy focuses on improving how we see ourselves and our relationships with others. A therapist can teach you about yourself by listening closely. You can process your feelings in constructive ways rather than acting them out destructively or self-medicating them through substance use.
- Acceptance: One important aspect of recovery involves learning how much responsibility you hold for your life. Recovery means accepting responsibility for your actions rather than blaming others for problems caused by substance abuse or other issues related to your addiction.
Individual Therapy Can Help You Process Trauma
Trauma can be the underlying cause that drives addiction. When you’re relying on drugs or alcohol to cope with feelings from past trauma, it is more difficult to recover from your trauma. You may not even realize that you’re hiding from something by drinking or taking drugs until you stop.
Trauma can also result from an addiction. This can happen, especially if someone else chooses to use your substance against you or in illegal ways. If this has happened to you before, it could explain why you started using substances in the first place.
Developing New Coping Skills
Coping skills are best taught in a one-on-one setting. You may learn them in your sessions, through mindfulness practices, or by reading and reflecting on books about coping skills. If you are dealing with an addiction, you need to get help developing better coping skills so that your life can be improved. If you have trouble coping effectively with stress or anxiety, it will be harder for you to remain sober.
Learning New Ways of Thinking and Communicating
If you are struggling with addiction, your communication skills are likely to be impaired. You may be used to communicating in ways that make others feel uncomfortable or unsafe, such as being overly aggressive or condescending. You may also find yourself communicating with yourself negatively, often saying things like “I am such a failure” or “I am terrible at this!”
Individual therapy will help you learn new ways of thinking and communicating that help you achieve and maintain sobriety. You will learn how to communicate effectively with others and yourself in a supportive way. You will be encouraged to set boundaries. As you learn this, your boundaries won’t get pushed around by other people who may try to manipulate them. You will find encouragement from your therapist when you experience setbacks. You also will learn how to improve your life through mindfulness exercises.
Individual Therapy Is Important to the Process of Addiction Treatment
Individual therapy is an important part of the process of addiction treatment. Therapy can help you work through trauma, build better relationships, learn new ways of thinking, and develop new coping skills.
If you’re going through an addictive cycle, individual therapy can help break that cycle. Your therapist will be able to advise you on how to cope with problems as they arise and prevent them altogether. Working with a therapist can help you recognize patterns in your life that may contribute to your addiction. Then you can learn to change those patterns by using different methods for dealing with stress and negative feelings.
Individual therapy is an important part of the recovery process. Not only does it provide you with a safe space to work through your addiction, but it also allows you to build a relationship with a therapist and process any trauma that may be holding you back from achieving sobriety.
Individual therapy is one of many ways we at Villa Oasis San Diego can help you achieve sobriety and get on with your life. If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction or in need of individual therapy, please reach out to us.
We want to help set you up with an individualized plan to help you be the most successful. Please call us at (619) 373-9792.