Individual and group therapy play an integral part in recovery from addiction. Each therapy provides clients with an array of tools to combat the lifelong process of addiction. Gaining a better understanding of how each therapy works and what it has to offer will allow you to begin working immediately on your goals for recovery, aftercare, and beyond. Each therapy works in conjunction to restructure thoughts, emotions, and behaviors so you can live a happy, drug or alcohol-free life.
At Southern California Addiction Center (SCAC), individual and group therapy is of the highest quality and will equip you with tools to fight against addiction. SCAC strives to provide the utmost properties of therapy to ensure you leave treatment ready to face any challenges that may evolve. Understanding just how each therapy works will simplify your recovery process by:
- Understanding your unique addiction process
- Providing you with motivation to live drug or alcohol-free
- Identifying your personal high-risk exposures
- Developing healthy coping skills
- Creating a sober support network
- Increasing your self-esteem and self-worth
Discovering how your addiction process transpired may seem daunting at first. Attending therapy can make the process less challenging by helping you unearth valuable tools to tackle your addiction.
In individual therapy, sessions are conducted privately, one on one with a therapist to aid in learning about the addiction process, skills needed to overcome addiction and becoming the best version of you. Individual therapy is conducted by a licensed professional, and at SCAC all psychotherapists are individual licensed and state certified. Individual therapy is usually conducted in the therapist’s office but can also be done practically anywhere. An assessment of you will be performed by your therapist at SCAC where your therapist will ask you a series of questions to gain a better understanding of your addiction, support system, and goals for treatment. After an assessment is completed, the therapist will be able to work with you to help achieve your goals by creating a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs. Individual therapy can help you understand how your addiction began and how it manifested into being dependent on drugs or alcohol. Gaining a better understanding of the addiction process will support your recovery and prepare you with skills for relapse prevention. Your therapist at SCAC will provide you guidance in emerging from your addiction and succeeding in your recovery. Individual therapy will also aid in finding strategies to avoid relapse. Relapse occurs when negative thinking starts to take over, stress and life become too much or being around people or places we used to drink or use drugs. Working with your therapist will help you identify skills to elude relapse such as:
- Triggers or high-risk situations such as being around an old friend that you would use or drink with
- High-risk thoughts or patterns of thinking that lead us to use such as thinking “I don’t have a problem.”
- High-risk beliefs or thinking that “just one time won’t hurt” or thinking that you can control your addiction
- High-risk attitudes or thoughts we have such as “no one cares.”
By being aware of ways a relapse could occur helps you to steer clear of high-risk exposures that could lead to reverting to a pattern of misuse and abuse.
More often than not, addiction masks mental health symptoms and sometimes people use drugs or drink alcohol to escape from thoughts or feelings associated with traumatic experiences. Drugs and alcohol are also used to deal with stress, marriage and life in general as a means of avoidance. Individual therapy allows you to begin working on developing skills that will be with you long after you leave SCAC. Attending individual therapy sessions will assist in creating healthy coping skills and identifying mental health symptoms instead of turning to drugs or alcohol. There are several different types of individual therapies including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, just to name a few.
- Motivational interviewing is a type of therapy that encourages clients to identify reasons to live a drug or alcohol-free life.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy can be used to identify and change negative thought patterns, emotions and behaviors.
- Mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy is a variation of cognitive behavioral therapy that incorporates the practice of mindfulness or being fully aware of our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
These types of individual therapies can assist you in restructuring the way you think and ultimately how you react in difficult situations.
Working with your therapist at SCAC can also aid in a mental health diagnosis. More often than not, addiction and mental health feed off of each other in which drugs and alcohol are a way to cope or escape from our underlying conditions. Dual diagnosis can be relatively easy to manage once identified and treated. Addiction often stems from untreated mental health symptoms including depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, and panic attacks. Working with your therapist to identify and treat these underlying conditions will be beneficial to your recovery. Many mental health symptoms include:
- Posttraumatic stress disorder/ flashbacks to traumatic experiences
- Panic attacks
- Manic episodes
Often times in addiction a person is exposed to a traumatic event which can cause depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Left undiagnosed, these conditions can manifest into an addiction as a means to cope with our experiences. By working with a skilled therapist at SCAC, you will find ways to live without drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism.
Working with a therapist on the individual level will help you gain a better understanding of your addiction, high-risk situations that could lead to relapse, goals you want to achieve outside of your addiction, and if you have unobserved mental health symptoms. Individual therapy will help you attain the best version of yourself while maintaining a drug or alcohol-free life.
Group therapy at SCAC is led by a therapist and involves a group of your peers in the recovery process. Group therapy is a way to process feelings about treatment, discuss withdrawal symptoms and gain support from others in similar situations. Group therapy allows feedback from others as a means of working through issues that can arise by learning new coping skills, communication skills and developing a sober support network. For many people with addictions, relationships with others are frequently severed due to deceit, lack of communication and loss of trust. The group setting allows you to begin forming healthy relationships with sober peers and practice your communication skills. Group therapy can incorporate some of the same modalities used during individual therapy to strengthen recovery skills. Some types of group therapy include:
- Educational groups to help you become more aware of the addiction process a relapse
- Relapse prevention group helps members discuss ways to prevent relapse by discussing coping skills, identifying triggers and developing a sober support network
- Life skills and living a healthy life- during addiction healthy lifestyles are obsolete; a life skills group is utilized to aid you in living the life you imagined while improving your stress management skills
- Emotional support groups provide encouragement and feedback from peers on the dissatisfactions of the recovery process and support from others who understand.
The group process allows you to hear your peer’s experiences in recovery, vent your frustrations, and to feel understood. Group therapy allows you to refine your communication skills, grow a support system, and receive encouragement and motivation. Group therapy provides support to each client often in the form of knowing you are not alone.
Together, individual and group therapy will prepare you for life outside of treatment and active addiction. Recovery is possible for everyone through gaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities to navigate life on the other side of addiction. Individual therapy allows you to improve yourself and gain a better understanding of what makes you tick. Group therapy assists you in feeling understood, fine-tuning communication skills and learning life skills to alleviate stressors from everyday life.
At SCAC, therapists are highly skilled in treatment modalities to make the process of recovery and attainable goal. If your feeling alone, and unsure how to stop using drugs or drinking, entering treatment can help you reach recovery by participating in individual and group therapies to help you become the best possible you. Contact SCAC to begin treatment and start attending individual and group therapies to embark on your recovery journey.
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