Someone who has a substance use disorder, a mental health condition, or a combination of both, is likely facing a slew of different issues that are preventing him or her from living his or her best life. Many times, those issues are what complicate his or her ability to thrive physically, psychologically, and emotionally. However, despite the challenges that one might be grappling with, there are options available to help alleviate the stress and upset that one can experience as a result.
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Individual addiction therapy has the ability to guide clients through a well-thought-out, compassionate process of recovery. Thankfully, this type of therapy is one of the most commonly provided services in the country.
What to Expect at JourneyPure’s Individual Addiction Therapy in Knoxville
Individual therapy, which is also known as psychotherapy, is a form of therapy that focuses on the specific needs of the client. Individual addiction therapy in Knoxville is viewed as a staple in one’s overall treatment plan, as it is designed to lay the groundwork for recovery.
Occurring between the client and a certified therapist, individual therapy sessions will be incorporated into the time that the client spends in his or her treatment program. It is very common for clients to have at least one individual therapy session each week, if not more. Each session will provide clients the opportunity to address their personal experiences, emotions, and challenges while being properly guided towards resolution by their therapist. During the time that one participates in individual addiction therapy, he or she will establish a relationship with his or her therapist that can become comforting, supporting, and trusting.
Services Offered Through Individual Addiction Therapy
Our individual addiction therapy in Knoxville allows clients to openly discuss the things that are impacting them both in negative and positive ways. However, sometimes clients need a more direct approach than just the talking-listening dynamic that can come from individual therapy sessions. For example, someone who is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol may require more specific therapeutic approaches, such as the implementation of cognitive-behavioral therapy, in his or her individual therapy sessions. Others might uncover an exceptional amount of trauma while speaking with their therapist, leading him or her to provide more specific therapy, such as eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing, or EMDR. Individual addiction therapy, despite common belief, is not just limited to talk therapy. Some of the services that are provided through individual therapy sessions are expanded upon below.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, is known to be highly effective in treating symptoms of countless disorders and diseases, including addiction. This therapy, which is usually only offered on a short-term basis due to how effective it is, focuses on teaching clients to foresee risky and/or troubling situations and develop coping skills to handle those moments. CBT is also effective in encouraging clients to reevaluate their toxic emotional responses, behaviors, and thinking patterns in an effort to reduce the problem at hand, such as uncontrollable substance abuse. Studies show that the effects of CBT are long-lasting and can easily be incorporated into a client’s lifestyle.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Individual therapy can bring about memories and powerful emotions surrounding traumatic events. This is very common, as talking through a variety of different issues and concerns often dredge up the effects of one or more traumas. As a result, the therapist in an individual therapy session might begin to apply personalized trauma treatment to the client, including eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, or EMDR. While there is still not a full understanding as to how it works exactly, EMDR is a type of therapy where the client follows something with his or her eyes (e.g. a light or object) while recalling the traumatic event(s). This specific service offered through individual therapy is believed to help reduce the distress that would otherwise develop when the trauma is brought up because the mind is being distracted.
Depending on the needs of the client, a therapist who is conducting the individual therapy sessions might put him or her on a contingency management plan. Contingency management has a very simple concept – meet set goals and receive a reward. For some individuals, especially those who are recovering from substance use disorders, benefit greatly from this service, as it helps keep them internally motivated to meet the next goal in their recovery. When he or she meets agreed-upon goals, his or her therapist will provide a reward for that achievement.
These services are merely just a few of the many that are offered through individual addiction therapy. This type of therapy is not limited to a set time of casual discussion, rather it is often highly structured and geared towards treating the unique needs of each client.
Benefits of Our Knoxville Individual Addiction Therapy Program
Millions of people participate in individual therapy on a regular basis, regardless of what challenges they have faced in the past. Some people see a therapist for preventative measures, while others see a therapist because without doing so, their lives become unmanageable. Regardless of why someone chooses to participate in individual therapy, however, there are countless benefits of doing so, including the following:
- Having a safe space to discuss emotional and behavioral issues that might otherwise be hard to discuss in a more public setting, such as in group therapy
- Learning about the underlying causes of one’s condition and developing effective ways to tackle the effects of those causes
- Building up self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-worth
- Identifying and developing recovery goals
- Receiving support from someone other than a friend, family member, or other loved one (this can be refreshing and eye-opening)
Each client has his or her own story, and through individual addiction therapy, he or she can tell that story and gain the tools needed to move forward in his or her recovery.
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If you are struggling to keep it all together or are overwhelmed by living with issues that keep you from achieving all-around success, reach out for help right now. Individual therapy in our substance abuse treatment facility can help you get started on the path towards a better life.