Individual therapy consists of a therapeutic situation where one individual is involved in the therapeutic process with at least one therapist. A therapist can be anyone professionally trained in the use of therapy, including a psychologist, social worker, and or a counselor. Group therapy is expansion of awareness about the behavioral, medical, and psychological consequences of substance abuse
Both approaches are not at odds with each other; instead, the skills and insights gained in individual sessions complement those of group therapy, and vice versa. Effective treatment plans incorporate both approaches to therapy from the early stages of recovery through aftercare and beyond.
What can you expect from therapy when you enter an addiction treatment program? Understanding the strengths, shortcomings, and benefits of both individual and group therapy will help you achieve recovery goals such as:
- Gaining a deeper understanding of the disease of addiction
- Increasing your motivation to lead a drug-free life
- Improving your coping skills in high-risk situations
- Learning healthy ways to manage stress
- Creating stronger relationships with others
- Building a stronger sense of self-worth and self-efficacy
Exploring the roots of addictive behavior can be a frightening prospect. A therapist trained in substance abuse treatment can make the process more manageable by providing guidance and encouragement, both in one-on-one sessions and in group settings. As you come to understand the disease of addiction, therapy can also teach you valuable coping strategies that will help you get sober and avoid relapse.