Individual Therapy in Addiction Treatment

Individual counseling is one-on-one conversations between a patient and a trained therapist. This type of therapy is a treatment intervention that solely occurs between a client and a mental health clinician specializing in a specific practice. For example, in the case of addiction treatment, patients receive counseling from a mental health professional specializing in addiction treatment.


The process of mental health treatment starts with a detailed assessment, performed by a multidisciplinary team consisting of licensed addiction treatment specialists to determine the course of the treatment and the presence of co-occurring mental health conditions. It is only after that assessment that a treatment plan is developed, which may or may not include medical detoxification. Individual one-on-one addiction treatment counseling may only start after the detox process is completed.

Individual counseling therapy is beneficial for recovering individuals because it provides:

  • A safe, private and confidential environment for the patient to open up

  • Time to focus on the patient’s specific issues

  • A non-judgmental, objective viewpoint about the patient’s situation or problem

  • Treatment sessions focused on the patient and the patient’s problems, allowing the therapist to dig deeper and progress faster

  • Flexibility and convenience in scheduling sessions for outpatient treatment

  • Practice in building trust and having a healthy relationship with the counselor

Individual therapy is an important part of addiction treatment and is vital for patients diagnosed with co-occurring mental health conditions. Coexisting depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma, or any other significant mental health condition require treatment in its own right; separate from the drug or alcohol addiction. For example, a trauma survivor may feel more comfortable working with a psychotherapist in a private setting rather than in a group setting.

Why Is One on One Counseling Important?

By utilizing one-on-one drug counseling a therapist can get to the root problem of addiction by navigating the inner workings of the patient’s mind. While many recovering individuals may be able to reflect on and discuss their lives in a meaningful manner, they are often not able to figure out what went wrong and what caused them to resort to drugs or alcohol for feeling better in the first place. It is during individual therapy that many recovering patients have a chance to have an honest look at the situation that caused their addiction, plan their path for recovery, and find a new way of living to sustain recovery.

Additionally, recovering individuals in counseling are much better equipped to acquire relapse prevention coping strategies that are individualized to their particular situation and get a chance to practice this newly acquired skill in their one-on-one sessions with a therapist.

Counselor’s words of encouragement and guidance also go a long way in assisting patients with the healing process while focusing on addressing their motivation to change, fine-tuning their problem-solving skills, and facilitating better interpersonal relationships.

By working side-by-side with their patients helping them make it through even the most challenging parts of their recovery process, counselors provide, in a way, a shoulder to cry on, ears to listen and hearts that understand. Sharing the patient’s most personal experiences during one of their most difficult times paves the way for effective and lasting addiction recovery.

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