There is no cure for addiction, and the only reliable remedy is getting treatment from a rehab facility. These are two facts that are not in dispute. With that in mind, getting someone into rehab becomes the biggest challenge. It’s difficult for someone who is suffering from an addiction to admit they have an illness and need help. Beyond distancing themselves from drugs and alcohol, the addict needs individual therapy to work on problems.

The Essence of Individual Therapy

Distressed man going through individual therapy with addiction counselorOnce a patient enters treatment, their fate lies in the hands of professional counselors and clinicians. Necessarily, the patient enters into a quasi-treatment contract with the facility and its staff. The staff will help the patient beat their addiction. What the patient has to bring to the table is a willingness to focus on and commit to the process. They also have to show a desire to offer up open and honest communication.

Regardless of what other treatment modalities are available in the treatment package, individual therapy is usually the primary focus. In fact, a package that includes individual therapy, group sessions, and some holistic treatment options is optimum. However, it’s the individual counseling sessions where the patient does the most critical work. They can think of it as a journey of self-discovery. There’s a good chance the patient will learn things about themselves they didn’t know or recognize. Anything less and there’s a risk the treatment process will fail, at least in part.

The Goals of Individual Therapy

The two primary goals of individual therapy are identifying causation and developing usable coping skills for recovery. Some addiction treatment experts believe it’s not always essential to identify the root causes of addiction. However, that seems to fly in the face of common sense. How could someone overcome problems they are unable to identify?

The truth is, most people enter treatment with a lot of questions but few answers. Addiction counseling offers each patient an opportunity to get answers to questions like, “Why can’t I control my urge to use drugs?” The answer is seldom as easy as saying the patient is weak. They aren’t weak. They are ill. Counselors use individual counseling sessions to delve into the whys. The goal is to talk through possible issues until everything is on the table.

How do you solve a problem when you can’t identify it? The short answer is you can’t. The second goal of individual counseling is allowing patients to develop useful coping skills. Ultimately, good coping skills are the key to relapse prevention. Remember, addiction is not a curable disease. At best, one can hope to render it dormant. As long as a substance use disorder lives inside the addict, it’s always subject to reappearing. All it takes is a little temptation and no ability to cope with it. Good coping skills are that last line of defense against relapse.

Beaches Recovery–Making a Difference

At our Beaches Recovery facility in Jacksonville, Florida, we have developed effective ways to treat substance addictions. First and foremost, we choose to treat each patient as a unique individual whose addiction came about through unique circumstances. To effectively guide our patients towards recovery, we use a variety of modern treatment modalities. Each modality we employ targets a specific aspect of a patient’s illness. For a better understanding of what we do, we offer this partial list of addiction services:

Living with an addiction puts your life in constant peril. The fact is you have choices, including individual therapy. Choose to fight for your life by reaching out for help. We know it’s difficult to admit you are powerless over a substance. However, by showing strength, you can fully recover from any addiction, and Beaches Recovery can help. You can start the healing process by picking up the phone and calling us at 866-605-0532. The life you were meant to live awaits you.