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Friday, January 15, 2021

Is Individual Therapy the Right Choice For Me in 2021?


Which direction do you want your life to go this year? The new year will bring about a new set of challenges, and after the amount of chaos 2020 brought, it might be scary to imagine going into 2021 alone. Whether you have tried to recover from addiction in the past or not, it is always a good idea to check in with yourself at the beginning of each year to see if you could benefit from additional support such as regular therapy.

Let’s discuss some reasons having a clinician’s support could be a good idea for you in 2021. One-on-one sessions with an empathetic counselor can be so helpful during addiction treatment because:

  • Individual therapy sessions give you time and space to work through emotional difficulties that feel too private to bring up with others you are close to.
  • Personal sessions can help you build on the work you are already doing to help you stay dedicated to pursuing your course of treatment.
  • Therapy can provide additional motivation that can help you achieve long-term sobriety.
  • One-on-one therapy can help you continue working on the multifaceted psychological issues associated with substance misuse once your addiction treatment program has run its course.

What Are the Benefits of Individual Therapy?

While at The Haven, we believe individual counseling in addition to group therapy is a powerful combination that has helped many men and women overcome the disease of addiction.

Here are some ways to recognize if individual therapy could be particularly beneficial to you:
  • If you are at any risk of relapse or feel you have stopped making progress in your recovery, despite your best efforts to stay sober.
  • If you constantly feel strained, anxious, or emotionally imbalanced.
  • If you want to understand why you initially became dependent on a substance and resolve the underlying issues that may have contributed to your addiction.

In the early phases of addiction treatment, individual therapy would focus primarily on how to break free of substance dependency, offering personalized strategies for remaining drug-free. Individual therapy also helps you explore the role drugs had in your life, and why you might have turned to these substances to cope. During these sessions, you and your counselor can untangle unaddressed emotional issues and provide you with the tools you need to maintain long-term abstinence.

What Will Individual Therapy Look Like?

We recognize that everyone is different and needs unique guides to help maintain a substance-free life. At The Haven at Pismo, our approach is tailored to you, and the amount of individual therapy you receive will depend on your level of care.

Our approach includes the following methods:


Supportive Psychotherapy

Supportive therapy is a form of psychotherapy that relies on the therapeutic alliance to ease symptoms, improve self-esteem, restore yourself to reality, regulate impulses and negative thinking, and reinforce the ability to cope with life stressors and challenges.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which includes:

  • Craving management
  • Trigger management
  • Management of re-addiction
  • Drug-drink refusal skills

Contingency Reinforcement

Through contingent reinforcement, we provide positive praise and provide motivation to eliminate the negative behaviors.


Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

This form of psychotherapy focuses on the unconscious content of your psyche to understand and process situations that may cause tension.


Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Interpersonal psychotherapy is a time-limited and brief, attachment-focused psychotherapy that focuses on resolving interpersonal problems and symptomatic recovery.


Addiction Psychopharmacology

Our team uses this comprehensive guide to the pharmacology of drugs to understand their abuse and the medications used to treat dependence on those substances.


Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavior therapy is an evidence-based psychotherapy that begins with efforts that have been found useful in treating mood disorders, self-harm patterns, and substance abuse.


Trauma Therapy

Through trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, we focus on addressing the emotional turmoil of childhood pasts, as well as any traumatic stress experienced since then that has triggered addiction.


Personalized Individual Therapy at The Haven at Pismo

No matter which way you look at it, individualized therapy is custom and personalized to you, which makes it so helpful and unique. Entering treatment for recovery can be one of the most difficult, yet also one of the most vital decisions you will ever make. Our compassionate team is ready to welcome you with open arms and help you get on the road to health, wellness, and improved quality of life.

When you are ready to break free of the burdens of substance abuse with professional, caring addiction recovery treatment on California’s Central Coast. We are here to talk to you 24/7, so reach out anytime.