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Individual Therapy for Addiction Treatment

Counseling services for individuals in addiction treatment

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Individual Therapy for Addiction Treatment

Counseling services for individuals in addiction treatment

CALL NOW: (844) 439-7627

Why Is Individual Therapy Important?

Individual therapy plays a vital role within the broader framework of addiction treatment programs. It serves as a key element, providing a personalized, one-on-one setting where the nuances of an individual’s experience with addiction can be explored. By addressing unique challenges and personal triggers, this therapy helps create a tailored path towards recovery.

Combined with other modalities like group therapy, family counseling, and medication (if needed), individual therapy is a crucial component that supports and enhances the effectiveness of the EagleCrest treatment program. Our individual therapy sessions are offered a minimum of once per week.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Since the birth of Dialectical Behavior Therapy in the late ’80s, DBT has quickly become one of the most prominent therapeutical methods of treating mental illnesses, suicidal thoughts, addictions, and other self-destructive behaviors. While there are various methods to apply DBT, the process mainly places acceptance and change at its center, believing that integrating both is the key to transforming negative behaviors.

What are the Strategies of Dialectical Behavior Therapy?

DBT often stands out from other forms of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) by handling uncomfortable thoughts directly rather than attempting to walk around them. By accepting and validating the nature of your negative thoughts, you can take the steps needed to change your behavior and regain control of your life.

To help you with this, Dialectical Behavior Therapy generally employs four core strategies:

  1. Core Mindfulness: Helps you remain aware of your present feelings and thoughts.
  2. Distress Tolerance: Helps you accept yourself and prepare you for any intense emotions.
  3. Interpersonal Effectiveness: Helps you handle day-to-day interactions assertively.
  4. Emotion Regulation: Helps you identify the different emotions that you consistently feel and gives you the power to change them.

DBT Therapy Program for Substance Use Disorders

A DBT-based substance use disorder program is one that uses Dialectical Behavioral Therapy interventions and skills to help address and decrease substance use concerns, stress, depressed moods, and anxiety.

It helps increase overall wellbeing, stress tolerance, relationship satisfaction and quality of life. DBT does this through real life application of mindfulness skills, distress tolerance skills, emotion regulation skills, and interpersonal effectiveness skills.

Along with the DBT skills group, you will also have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a DBT trained substance use counselor and a case manager to help you through your personal struggles—applying the new skills to your life, and facilitating an easier recovery from addiction.

How DBT Helps to Combat Addiction?

Although most therapists initially used Dialectical Behavior Therapy to treat personality disorders and suicidal thoughts, it quickly became evident that using it to combat addiction was also possible. Over time, the various strategies of DBT, such as core mindfulness and distress tolerance, have proven to be crucial in maintaining sobriety, understanding stress levels, and keeping relapse at bay.

The unwavering level of optimism that DBT practitioners employ has also made it one of the most supportive therapeutical methods for patients struggling with consistent relapses. By truly understanding that change is always possible, you can work through your sessions with positivity, regardless of the current battles you are facing.

Using DBT During Individual Therapy Sessions

If you are currently dealing with addiction or substance abuse issues, then we may use DBT during your sessions. While we will always tailor individual therapy to your experiences and personality, we will likely walk through the various DBT strategies together, which should help prepare you against any consistent negative thoughts in your day-to-day life.