Individual Therapy


When thinking about addiction, many people focus on the physical aspect of this condition. While detox can be a critical part of your lifelong recovery journey, comprehensive treatment is needed to overcome the behavioral, emotional, and environmental aspects of substance abuse.

Individual therapy is a central aspect of most comprehensive addiction treatment programs. Participating in individual therapy can give you deeper insights into your substance abuse, identify and work through your emotions, and learn valuable skills that can help you maintain sobriety for the rest of your life.

There are many misconceptions about individual therapy. In popular media, therapists are often portrayed as either all-knowing advice givers or passive listeners who occasionally fall asleep during sessions.

In reality, individual therapy is a process. Patients and therapists work together to set goals, identify strengths and needs, and develop skills and habits that support healthier and more fulfilling lifestyles.

Individual therapy is a critical aspect of the care we offer at Flourishing Foundations. Read more about the benefits of individual therapy and how it can help you get the most out of your time and treatment.

What are the Goals of Individual Therapy?

Millions of people in the United States live with mental illness or addiction, and some live with both conditions. Individual therapy benefits people with significant mental health needs and those who simply need a non-judgmental, safe space to process emotions, explore the roots of a problem, or work toward goals.

Primarily, individual therapy is a process in which a patient and a trained therapist work together to identify needs and set goals that allow people to have a better quality of life. People may seek individual therapy to help them address specific issues, including:

  •  Anxiety
  •  Food and eating problems
  •  Anger
  •  Relationship problems
  •  Issues related to sexuality
  •  Trauma
  •  Addiction
  •  Stress
  •  Family issues
  •  Insomnia

People may also participate in individual therapy as part of treatment for a mental illness such as depression, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.

Because every person is unique, no two people will have the exact same experiences in individual therapy. Generally, individual therapy goals include better functioning, reduced stress, healthier relationships, and better communication. Each person will work with their therapist to set goals and learn how to work toward them.

What Happens in Individual Therapy Sessions?

Some people may have misconceptions about what occurs during individual therapy sessions. Understanding what to expect can help you get the most out of your time in therapy.

Typically, the first therapy session will focus on gathering information. The therapist may ask questions about a person’s physical, emotional, and mental health. They may spend time discussing what specific issues the patient would like to address during therapy and what ultimately led to the patient seeking treatments.

It can take several sessions for a therapist and patient to develop a good rapport and build a plan for their work together. Early on, it may become clear that the therapist is not a good fit for the patient. In that case, the patient might choose to see a different provider.

Individual therapy is also known as Psychotherapy or talk therapy. Talking is a crucial aspect of therapy. Therapists typically encourage patients to discuss their problems, experiences, and feelings. While this can be challenging, especially initially, it is essential to be open and honest during therapy sessions. Talking to an objective listener and working to identify and change patterns can help people work through challenges without engaging in destructive behaviors.

It is common for people to experience strong emotions during therapy sessions. Therapists can help their patients feel safe and develop confidence as time goes on. This resilience can translate into people’s daily lives.

Everything patients say during individual therapy sessions will be kept strictly confidential. Therapists are bound by the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), meaning that sharing any information about their patients or what occurs during sessions is illegal. The only exception to this is if the therapist believes their patient may harm themselves or others.

How Does Individual Therapy Fit Into Addiction Recovery Programs?

Addiction recovery means so much more than simply stopping your substance use. Addiction is a complex issue with roots in a person’s genetics, experiences, behaviors, and emotions. Lifelong addiction recovery requires comprehensive treatment that can help people explore the origins of their drug and alcohol use and develop skills to avoid relapse for the rest of their lives.

Comprehensive treatment programs consist of evidence-based and holistic therapies that provide whole-person healing from addiction. In addition to individual therapy, substance abuse treatment programs will also include:

  •  Group therapy
  •  Family therapy
  •  Coping skills practice
  •  Relapse prevention education
  •  Nutrition support, mindfulness, exercise, and other holistic practices
  •  Medications
  •  Mental health treatments
  •  Aftercare planning

After completing an addiction treatment program, people must continue to work toward lifelong recovery by following an aftercare plan. Individual therapy can be beneficial both during rehab and afterward. People with addiction benefit from having non-judgmental support and a reliable place to process emotions and face challenges that arise as recovery progresses.

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The first step toward recovery is detox, and at Flourishing Foundations Recovery, our team can provide safe, comfortable detox services and aftercare planning. To learn more about our detox programs or to get started with a confidential consultation, please contact us today.

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