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Individual Therapy & Addiction Treatment in Arizona

Individual therapy for drug and alcohol addiction is a common component of an effective treatment program. Although addiction may be a similar experience among those who suffer from substance abuse, certain aspects are unique to each person. Those unique aspects are treated within the individual therapy setting, which also aids in fine-tuning the formation of constructive thought processes and positive habits. These one-on-one discussions are not only educational for patients, but they also serve as a context for practicing healthy yet newly-formed inclinations with a well-trained addiction specialist.

Treating Co-Occurring Disorders with Individual Therapy 

Many drug and alcohol addicts suffer from co-occurring disorders. It’s critical to identify and appropriately treat those with co-occurring disorders utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in conjunction with other therapies. With a commitment to the life-long recovery of our patients, we use a variety of research-based approaches at our Tucson facility as well as our substance abuse treatment center in Phoenix, which have been proven to promote a healthy lifestyle free of alcohol and drugs. The foundation of an effective treatment program lies in (CBT), which takes place in a one-on-one setting, also known as individual therapy.

The often profound and enlightening meetings are lead by an addiction therapist with which our patients establish a genuine and trusting rapport. The relationship facilitates the open and natural line of communication necessary for individual addiction therapy. The safety and confidentiality of the treatment sessions typically come as a relief to patients who crave feedback from an impartial yet knowledgeable individual.

Treatment for co-occurring disorders takes place in individual therapy; coping and social skills can be incorporated as well. Specific treatment approaches are determined by each individual’s addiction characteristics, biological health, and mental health, which are taken into consideration by the therapist when developing an individual’s treatment strategy.

Perhaps, the most important work done in individual therapy is uncovering underlying factors that may be contributing to the addiction. Many people battling addiction find that a troubled childhood is still haunting them or that drugs and alcohol hide the aftermath of a traumatic event. Bringing these factors to light in individual therapy for addiction and treating them appropriately is at the heart of a successful treatment program.

Individual Therapy Benefits in Substance Abuse Treatment

The National Institute on Drug Abuse identifies 13 important principals of effective treatment, including:

  • Effective treatment attends to the multiple needs of the individual, not just his or her drug abuse.
  • Treatment does not need to be voluntary to be effective.
  • Remaining in treatment for an adequate period of time (at least three months) is critical.

Our 90-day programs align with all of the 13 principals. Individual therapy explores all facets of life while simultaneously teaching our patients about their addiction and allowing him or her to reverse much of the damage done by the active phase of their addiction.

Upon completion of a medically supervised treatment, the brain emerges from the addiction fog that it was operating under before. Absent of this chemical upset, the brain is able to function properly and with rationale. Individual therapy in addiction treatment guide the patient through this transition by helping him or her recognize and acknowledge their addiction out loud. This is a crucial step in the journey to recovery.

Our therapists are a compassionate source of encouragement and motivation. He or she helps one recognize signs and symptoms of their addiction experience as well as identify personal relapse triggers for future prevention efforts.

Accountability is a major theme in one-on-one therapy sessions, with routine testing done to monitor abstinence from drug or alcohol use. Our patients gain a clear understanding of their substance abuse triggers and how to cope without drugs or alcohol by utilizing the tools they learn in the life skills training sessions. Recognition of progress in the process and preparation for participation in the 12-step program also occurs in this setting to augment behaviors toward relapse prevention and a lifelong process of recovery.

What Happens in Individual Therapy for Addiction

It is a common belief that an individual must be ready and willing to accept treatment before individual therapy for addiction can be effective; however, this is not always the case. In the throes of active addiction, the brain manifests specific thought processes to protect its daily supply of the substance. The addicted brain essentially blocks an individual from the ability to realize that a substance-free lifestyle is within his or her reach, which substantially reduces motivation to attempt recovery.

In other words, addiction is a pattern of misguided behaviors controlled by the brain’s chemical imbalance but can be corrected through a therapeutic concept of understanding and acknowledgment. In the first sessions, the therapist and patient often work together to establish treatment goals and areas of greatest need.

For many, early treatment goals involve chronic justification for drug and alcohol abuse despite the significant consequences they may have suffered. Some of these justifications can include:

  • If I stop using drugs or alcohol, I’ll lose fun friends or lose the ability to have fun all together.
  • Nobody suffers from my drug or alcohol abuse except me. I’m not bothering anyone.
  • Life is boring and tedious without drugs or alcohol, especially on the weekends.

As the substance releases its hold on the brain, the work done with the addiction therapist corrects destructive thought patterns, which reveal to the patient that recovery is indeed within his or her reach. Our therapists use several evidence-based treatment approaches to enlighten our patients, as well as apply a variety of techniques to capitalize on what the patient responds to most during treatment sessions.

Individual addiction therapy is personalized care and attention with a custom-tailored approach to maximize the potential for a long, happy life in recovery.

Addiction Treatment Programs and Individual Therapy Process

Every person with a dependency on drugs or alcohol has a unique collection of symptoms that characterize addiction. The severity of each symptom varies from person to person, which makes individual therapy in addiction treatment imperative to overall healing of the disease. With this in mind, it’s important to note that the disease of addiction, as a whole also responds well to consistent treatment that is administered in four stages.


Stage One: Initiation of Treatment

The first stage allows you to gain an understanding of your options so that you and your family members can determine the most suitable treatment plan. After enrolling in treatment, an evaluation will be done to assess your needs and schedule a session with your addiction therapist. Initiating treatment begins with just one phone call (866) 418-1070.


Stage Two: Early Abstinence

This is the beginning of treatment that includes working with the addiction specialists that will teach you about the physical and psychological effects of withdrawals, things that trigger you to use, tools and methods to avoid and cope with triggers.


Stage Three: Abstinence Maintenance

After 90 days of being clean and sober and returning home from a residential addiction treatment program, there is more independence and responsibility. A follow-up plan to stay committed to sobriety will at the least include regular contact with a counselor and attending support meetings.


Stage Four: Advanced Recovery

Typically after five years of sobriety, advanced recovery is achieved after having maintained a healthy lifestyle with a high priority placed on physical, mental and social health, all while giving back to the community.

There are no time constraints on progress through the stages and stages often overlap. Your addiction therapist provides guidance and direction as recovery develops.

Other therapies incorporated in addiction treatment support a solid recovery from addiction contributing to the rediscovery of one’s sense of self. Trauma or PTSD therapy sessions are often incorporated within treatment plans as well as group therapy which involves psychoeducational groups for substance abuse recovery.

Our experienced and compassionate staff is committed to helping you or your loved one overcome addiction. You’re not alone. Give us a call today. (866) 418-1070