Not every addict is suited for the same type of treatment. Some will require around-the-clock, in-house care; others will opt for outpatient regimens that work just fine for them.
The same goes for the details packed into a typical day of treatment, especially where therapy is concerned. One person may best benefit from one-on-one counseling, while others are more inclined to respond better to group therapy. For the 23.1 million addicts who need treatment — per the National Institute on Drug Abuse — the kind of treatment needed will vary from person to person.
What Is Individual Therapy?
Generally, we think of individual therapy as a therapist-patient situation in which the patient lies on a sofa for an hour or two discussing childhood traumas and what may have led them down the wrong path in life. In truth, individual therapy involves a lot more than that stereotype implies.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used most often in cases of treating substance abuse. This type of therapy focuses on changing the thought processes that lead to undesirable behaviors in an effort to prevent them.
Individual therapy is often particularly beneficial for those who are battling co-occurring diagnoses, such as a mental health disorder alongside their addiction. This situation affects 29 percent of the mentally ill population, per Helpguide.
What Is Group Therapy?
Group therapy may be a room full of people sharing likeminded stories about their substance abuse struggles. Whereas support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous provide a group dynamic, they don’t provide the therapist-led professionalism that group therapy does.
Group therapy can come in various forms, such as:
- Skills groups
- Interpersonal group therapy
- Family therapy
- Modified dynamic group therapy
Often, group therapy in a treatment facility involves uniting with others in treatment and listening to their experiences with addiction and recovery. Other times, it may involve specific group activities that serve to make participants feel less isolated by making them work together and learn new trades, such as skills groups. Self-help groups encourage confiding in peers and leaning on them for support, while interpersonal and modified group therapies might lead many to feel more confident in their future potential based off the success stories of others.
Another form of group therapy involves counseling the family unit together as a whole.
Significant others, spouses, parents and children of the addict are invited to attend for sessions that focus on bringing the family together in understanding what changes need to be made following treatment to protect against relapse. This is also the ideal time to discuss emotional or financial burdens that the addict’s substance abuse habit may have placed on the family, as well as rebuilding trust.
Which Module Best Suits You?
Individuals who suffer from anxiety or find social situations to be stressful may benefit more from individual therapy, at least initially. This isn’t an uncommon scenario as some 20 percent of substance abusers also battle anxiety or mood disorders, per the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
People with families at home wanting to be an active part of their recovery, or addicts who feel they need a stronger sense of accountability among their peers, may benefit a great deal from group therapy practices. Call us today to discuss the many treatment options available to you.