If you spend any amount of time in a recovery or treatment center for addiction, you will be faced with options in the format that your treatment takes. Depending on the patient and his or her needs, there are various programs offered that each can aid and support you in their own way. While some take to group therapy sessions for the camaraderie that it offers, many opt for individual therapy sessions, which can examine one person’s experience with addiction in an in-depth and highly focused way.
Consider the Benefits of Individual Therapy
Some of the offerings for those interested in individual therapy sessions are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reintegration (EDMR) therapy, Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and psychodynamic psychotherapy, among others. Here, we’ll explore these particular options so that you can think through them as viable choices if you are debating treatment for alcohol or drug abuse.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a fairly common practice in which the goal is for the person to realize the nature of their triggers or origins of their cravings. Though these triggers can be people, places, things, and more, it’s important for the patient to try and recognize them so that the stimuli can be avoided, if possible. If the individual happens to encounter these triggers despite their best efforts, they will also have learned some strategies to prevent relapse, which is another huge part of overcoming addiction.
Eye Movement Desensitization Reintegration is a little less widely known. It “states that every individual has an innate tendency to move towards health as well as the ability to do so.” Of course, where the “eye movement” piece of the name comes in is in the actual practice of the therapy rather than the theory behind it. Therapists use something called “eye movement therapy” which, they say, works to replace negative feelings with more positive ones in a motion similar to the eye movement in REM sleep. The thinking here is that the negative experiences are unconsciously preventing the patient from becoming more healthy, so an “unconscious” tactic needs to be employed.
Dialectic Behavioral Therapy looks at situations that are crisis-inducing and provides skills within individual therapy for the patient to discern where these crisis reactions originate from. “Therapists and patients examine together how the patient’s belief system can reinforce these reactions… in order to develop a more measured and thoughtful response system.” Thoughtfulness is key, here: without it, the person could never rationally recognize why they experience strong, emotional reactions that may lead into a spiral of negativity and, at worst, relapse.
Finally, Psychodynamic Psychotherpay, which, like EMDR, focuses on the processes of the unconscious mind. Within this variety of individual therapy sessions, the therapist and patient delve into the relationships that make up his or her life and, specifically, dysfunctional or unhealthy relationships. Many people have difficulty processes such memories, or experiences, if the relationship still exists in his or her life, and getting help to sort out their feelings on the subject can bring them a long way toward sobriety. “The consequences of this inability to do so can result in, among other things, substance abuse.”
There are a number of different kinds of individual therapy sessions available to those who are looking for a specialized means of recovery from addiction. One center that offers all of these programs is The Bergand Group, and if you get in touch, you can learn more about them.
The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including medication management strategies. We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.
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About The Bergand Group:
At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]