One-on-One Psychotherapy

One-on-one psychotherapyWhile experiential therapy and group therapy are an important part of our addiction recovery program, one-on-one psychotherapy remains one of the most effective and helpful ways to help patients overcome addiction.

While every patient is different, there are many common patterns in the quest for recovery, and a professional can help you see the patterns, cognitive behaviors, and therapy that can be most effective for you. Enabling breakthroughs, specifying problems, and guiding motivation are all important functions of one-on-one therapy.

Advantages of One-on-One Psychotherapy

A psychotherapist can check bad patterns, like harmful self-talk or defeatist behavior, that get in the way of recovery. These patterns can go unnoticed in group therapy, or when patients are reflecting upon and analyzing themselves. Professional counseling guides patients into correct patterns, and provides insights that you never would have thought of alone. Additionally, sometimes it takes a professional to help you break down your goals into actionable items. Working one-on-one with someone creates a sense of accountability, since you have to report to someone on your changes, goals, and progress.

Here are some things that might be included in one-on-one psychotherapy:

  • Breaking down current problems and challenges
  • Examining in detail past problems and challenges and how they might impact us today
  • Releasing harmful experiences into a safe listening ear
  • Building better coping strategies and learning to check harmful behavior
  • Providing a guide to aid in steps to recovery

Dual Diagnosis

Addiction behaviors seldom happen independently of other mental distresses. Many patients struggle with a dual diagnosis, like the co-occurrence of alcoholism and depression. Sometimes addiction occurs through mishandling stress or trauma. Sometimes mental illness occurs due to addiction and the changes that illicit substances wreak on our bodies. Other times, a patient becomes dependent on a substance after self-medicating for a mental condition like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

One-on-one psychotherapy allows us to detect and treat underlying mental issues. Only when we find solutions for existing mental disorders can we be confident that addiction recovery will be successful.