Individual Therapy


Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.

Counseling is an essential part of treatment for many people. Cognitive behavioral therapy, family counseling, and other therapy approaches can help people recovering from alcohol and/or drug addiction remain substance-free. Psychotherapy can also treat the other mental health conditions that often contribute to misuse. These factors can create ongoing, nearly irresistible urges to misuse. Individual counseling helps people with substance misuse disorder escape craving and learn to cope with life, without misuse.

Types of Treatment We Offer:

Cognitive behavioral therapy — or CBT — teaches an induvidual how to recognize moods, thoughts, and situations that stimulate drug craving. A therapist helps the person avoid these triggers, and replace negative thoughts and feelings with healthier ones that are more consistent with sobriety.

The skills learned in cognitive behavioral therapy can last a lifetime, making it a potentially powerful method of addiction treatment.

In motivational interviewing, a therapist seeks to understand and enhance the patients natural motivation for change. For example, if the person reveals that they are motivated by love of their family, or returning to work, these may become the focus of therapy.

At ROAD to a Better Life we know that addiction can affect the individual with substance use disorders entire family. Strong relationships with family and friends are essential for success. Various counseling methods include the spouse and other family members of the patient.

There are several potential benefits of family or couples therapy:

  • Family members can act as a powerful force for change in the patients life.
  • Including family members can increase the likelihood a patient will stay in therapy.
  • Each family member can begin to heal the damage that their loved one’s misuse has caused in their own life.

DBT has been used extensively for Borderline Personality Disorder and focuses on enhancing motivation and teaching emotional regulation skills to help the patient cope with specific life challenges.

Why Counseling is Important in Addiction Treatment:

Addiction is more than a physical dependence on drugs or alcohol. Even after detox, when physical dependence has resolved, individuals with a substance use disorder are at a high risk for relapse. Psychological and social factors are often powerful stimuli for relapse, such as:

  • Stress, especially sudden life stresses
  • Cues in the environment, like visiting a neighborhood
  • Social networks, life spending time with friends who continue to misuse