When it comes to addiction disorders, some of the most effective methods for recovery are individual therapies. At Rock Recovery Center, we provide our patients with multiple options for individual therapy. This ensures that they will have the best chance at fully gaining control back over their life.
What is Addiction, and How Does it Affect Someone?
Addiction is a mental disorder that has the ability to affect someone throughout their entire life. It happens when certain chemicals in an individual’s brain are out of balance. When you try a substance for the first time, it triggers the reward center of your brain. This sends a signal throughout the brain and body to continue to want the substance present.
Addiction can affect each person differently. For some, it may only take one use of a substance to become addicted. For others, it may take a long span of time and use before they become dependent on a substance. No matter the circumstance, addiction is not something to ignore.
What Factors Influence Addiction?
There are many factors that can influence an individual to become addicted to a substance. Although not everyone will have the same reasons, there are patterns between a lot of addicted individuals. Some of the factors that can cause addiction include:
Past trauma: Past trauma can play heavily into the development of an addiction disorder. Any traumatic event that happened in an individual’s life, especially at an early age can be detrimental.
Abuse: This can include sexual, physical, mental, and emotional abuse. When an individual experiences abuse, they can use substances to cope with their emotions from it.
Genetics: An individual’s genetics play a huge part in the development of addiction. If there is a history of substance abuse disorder within a family, it is easier for someone to also develop one.
Undiagnosed mental illness: Mental disorders and addiction disorders often go hand in hand. If a mental illness goes undiagnosed, individuals may turn to substances to hide their symptoms. If someone develops a substance addiction, a mental disorder may also develop along with it.
When it comes to the warning signs of addiction, some can be obvious and some can easily go unnoticed. At Rock Recovery, we want to spread awareness to the signs an addiction disorder has developed. Some of these may include but are not limited to:
Body odor and constant bad breath
Obsession of talking about a certain substance
Pale or grey-ish looking skin
Trouble sleeping or staying awake
Loss of interest in hobbies
Becoming a recluse or self-isolation
No longer wanting to go to school or work
Weight loss or weight gain over a short period of time
Poor motor skills and slurred speech
Dark circles or bloodshot eyes
When you recognize a substance use disorder, it can be a scary reality. The first step is to understand that you’ll probably need professional help. This will most likely include individual therapy to get to the root of addiction.
What is Individual Therapy?
When admitted to our center, our patients each go through an initial evaluation. This will help us determine how severe the addiction is and what treatments will be needed. Individual therapy is almost always the first type of treatment you’ll go through.
Individual therapy allows patients to sit one-on-one with therapists or mental health counselors. Our counselors first ask you about your childhood and anything significant events you’ve been through. These can be traumatic events, as well as positive ones.
How Do Sessions Work?
Individual sessions work by allowing our patients to discover parts of themselves they may not have even known existed. This can include habits, thought processes, and emotions they were not aware they were taking part in. By opening your eyes to the different types of behaviors, our counselors can start to pinpoint why your addiction may have occurred.
Throughout the sessions, you’ll gain an understanding of many different things. You’ll begin to develop awareness of their emotions. You will also be challenged to begin thinking differently than they have in the past.
Most addicted individuals believe they could never live a normal life without addiction. We’re here to change that with our different types of individual treatment.
Different Types of Individual Therapies
When it comes to individual therapies, there are three main types that counselors practice. These are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Every patient’s journey is different, so multiple different techniques may be used during your treatment.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
CBT is often the most well-known individual therapy used during substance use treatment. It allows our patients to start to identify and cope with changes in their lives that are out of their control. It gives insight into a patient’s mental health that they may not have had before. CBT involves a lot of talking about one’s feelings and thought process.
The normal steps taken during CBT identify troubling situations in an individual’s life and then give them the knowledge to identify negative thinking. Once identified, our therapists help to reshape how their negative thought processes.
Some life skills our patients learn from CBT include:
How to cope with stressful situations
Overcome past traumas
Cope with physical and mental illnesses
Learn effective ways to communicate
Strengthen relationships with others
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
DBT is a type of CBT that allows patients to begin to understand their emotions and begin having healthier relationships. This type of therapy was developed for individuals who have trouble controlling their emotions. Based on a four-module setup, DBT allows our patients to know when a mood change is coming on.
The four modules used in DBT include mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness. The mindfulness portion shows patients how to observe and recognize emotional exchanges more effectively. Emotional regulation and distress tolerance focus on allowing them to regulate their strong emotions. Interpersonal effectiveness gives them the tools to interpret and work through conflict.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
ACT is based on a type of theory called the relational frame theory. This theory was developed to help understand how individual’s process and heal from pain. As a result, ACT was created to treat emotional disturbance and pain in a different way.
ACT focuses on acceptance of the circumstances that occur throughout one’s life, both good and bad. Instead of allowing individuals to view themselves as “damaged,” ACT helps to bring awareness to living a full life. In this thought process, living fully means going through the hard situations and coming out stronger on the other side. It also aims to strengthen the core values of individuals, so they don’t lose sight of those during difficult times.
How Can Individual Therapy Help Overcome Addiction?
Individual therapy is a wonderful tool we use to help our patients overcome their addiction disorders. This type of therapy is normally the beginning of new thought processes and ideas that spark wanting to improve their lifestyle choices. Above all, it allows them to strive to be free of addiction.
Benefits of Individual Therapy
Throughout individual therapy, patients will gain a new outlook on life. They will begin to understand why their addiction disorders occurred in the first place. They will also be able to pinpoint how to change the course and not fall into the same pattern. Some of the benefits of this include:
Self-awareness: When addiction takes a hold of someone’s life, it is hard to regain self-awareness afterward. Individual therapy gives our patients the tools to begin to understand how their actions affect themselves and others.
Communication skills: Effective communication skills are extremely important in healing from an addiction disorder. This will also help with listening to others and gaining a stronger emotional intelligence.
Exploration of possibility: While addicted to a substance, patients often lose sight of their goals and aspirations. Through individual therapy, they can explore the endless possibilities that life has to offer.
Boundary identification: Identifying boundaries for each patient is important, so they can know what to stay away from. By separating themselves from certain people and situations, they can more easily avoid relapsing.
Coping skill development: Everyone goes through tough situations in life, but they can affect some more than others. By developing healthy coping skills, our goal is to take substance use out of the equation.
Begin Individual Therapy Today!
At our facility at Rock Recovery, our ultimate goal is to release you from the weight of your addiction. Through treatments, including individual therapy, our staff is trained to help even the most severe cases of addiction. They are here to support you.
We want to give each of our patients a chance at a new life beyond their substance use. Please feel free to reach out to our staff today through message or calls. We will be on the other ending waiting to help in any way we can!