Individual therapy is a treatment intervention based on one-on-one conversations with a trained therapist. It occurs exclusively between a patient and a clinician, as opposed to group therapy.
Although group therapy can be extremely helpful, it doesn’t always offer an individual the attention they need during recovery. One-on-one sessions with a counselor can be helpful because:
- They allow you to discuss emotional or psychological problems that may be too sensitive or difficult to discuss in a group.
- They offer more time to resolve motivational issues.
- They can support and build on the work you do in group therapy.
- They can help you continue to work on complex psychological issues once your addiction treatment program has ended.
These benefits make individual therapy valuable to many people, and it works very well when combined with group therapy. Although not everyone needs individual therapy, it’s especially valuable if you feel at risk of relapse, consistently depressed or unstable, or if you have relapsed repeatedly despite trying to remain drug-free.
Your individual therapist is closest to your case and they will be one of the key people who decide when you are ready to end your drug addiction program. Once you are home and resume your regular life, you can continue your individual therapy as you transition into your new drug-free lifestyle and your pursuit of long-term sobriety.