When a person needs to discuss a problem of substance abuse, no matter how big or small, they may not know who to turn to first. But the smallest step can, ultimately, start one on the path to recovery. This is where individual therapy comes in.
This type of therapy involves talking one-on-one with a medical professional who has been trained to help you navigate whatever issues seem to be troubling you. At Villa Oasis San Diego, we make sure all our residents have every chance to engage in one-on-one individual therapy.
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    How do I qualify for therapy in San Diego?

    At Villa Oasis, all of our residents are enrolled in our individual therapy program. This does not mean that they’re forced into talking about issues they aren’t comfortable discussing, but we want to ensure that everyone gets a chance to be heard and share what needs to be shared.
    Our trained, medical professionals are comfortable with dealing, and equipped to handle, problems that a resident’s friends and family cannot bear. We guarantee that individual therapy is a part of each resident’s daily curriculum and that they have a chance to share about their history with substance use whenever they feel they are ready.

    The importance of individual therapy in treatment

    For many of our residents, the value of individual therapy is incalculable. Even if they were reluctant to try it at first, once they find a therapist at our treatment center that they trust and who understands them, it is as though a light switch gets turned on.

    When individuals have problems talking to people or believe their issues are untreatable, a therapist may be their last hope. In these cases, a therapist can act as the confidante the person needs in order to feel normal.
    At Villa Oasis San Diego, we use individual therapy to help residents deal with larger issues. These are:
    • Alcohol use disorder
    • Benzodiazepine use disorder
    • Cocaine use disorder
    • Meth use disorder
    • Heroin use disorder
    • Other substance use disorders
    • Dual diagnoses, where mental illness overlaps substance use
    These are only a few reasons a person may enter our treatment program. Regardless of the reason, these individuals will find that during their treatment process, they will take part in multiple forms of therapy. Individual therapy is one of the cornerstones of these types of programs.
    Often, in a treatment program, a therapist will begin by creating a care plan with the resident. This plan will revolve around what issues they feel need to be covered and a possible timeframe for dealing with each piece. Time is not always a factor, especially when seeing a therapist over a longer period of time.
    The therapist will also play a vital role in helping the residents center themselves within the program and decipher the various pieces of information they are absorbing daily. Treatment can be complex, and it helps to know that there is someone there to break down the number of ideas and thoughts that will arise.

    Techniques we use at our treatment center

    Our professional, onsite therapists can offer help and do so by utilizing various evidence-based treatments. Some of these include the following:

    Cognitive-behavioral therapy

    Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a part of individual therapy that concentrates on changing how people think and behave. It is often used for different problems, including:
    • Anxiety and depression
    • OCD
    • Substance abuse
    CBT can be helpful in individual therapy as its techniques provide the basis for most other forms of therapy. The goal of any therapist is to take a person’s negative thoughts and teach them how to deal with them in a positive manner.

    Dialectical behavior therapy

    Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is evidence-based psychotherapy. It is used primarily for those with borderline personality disorder (BPD). However, it has also seen success in the treatment of substance abuse. For many people, the entire concept of therapy while in treatment will be some form of DBT. It is often seen as another step up from regular CBT.

    Acceptance and commitment therapy

    This type of therapy is primarily used for people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and substance abuse issues.
    Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) plays a large part in treating people who cannot let go of their pain, guilt, and obsessions. Its goal is to show people that there are ways to deal with certain rampant emotions that seem to cycle.
    ACT tells people that you are allowed to feel emotions, but at some point, you need to accept that negative thoughts exist; they are in your head and sometimes hold legitimacy. However, at some point, you need to accept that the time for being emotional has ended, and it is time to move on.
    For many people with negative thoughts that won’t stop cycling, this can be a hard truth. Yet once they are in ACT, it will soon become apparent how the ability to control negative emotions can be learned. It will take time, but it helps people in the long run.

    Find support at Villa Oasis San Diego

    At Villa Oasis San Diego, we provide an array of individual therapy options that will be applied based on your individual situation. It is our goal to make sure you know that there is no cookie-cutter solution to substance abuse treatment.

    Upon your arrival, we will help you complete an assessment of what brought you to us in the first place. Only then will we recommend treatment. To us, you are not just another part of a group. You are in your own situation and should be treated accordingly.
    We are also aware that therapy for substance abuse can be complex. That is why we offer a luxury rehab experience so that you are not overwhelmed as you would be in a larger facility. Our staff-to-resident ratio means that you always have someone ready to assist you.
    When you are a guest of Villa Oasis San Diego, you will be given a one-of-a-kind experience. Our relaxing atmosphere will put you at ease and remove all the added stress of a typical rehab. We want you to know that our top priorities are your comfort, mental health, and well-being.
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