Individual Addiction Counseling
Goals of individual counseling sessions:
- Educate on the disease of addiction
- Facilitate change in thought processes and behavior
- Improve the client’s ability to establish and maintain relationships
- Enhance the client’s ability to cope
- Establish a foundation for group work and family therapy
When a person goes through rehab, a major part of that recovery is individual counseling, where the client works one-on-one with a licensed therapist. It is during these counseling sessions that discovery, growth, and change occur when the individual gains an understanding of why they do what they do and how to incorporate healthy thoughts and behaviors into their life.
Individual sessions with certified addiction counselors are often part of the patient’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). Individual addiction counseling may be recommended for those who have experienced a negative consequence of substance use. Counseling sessions focus on the patient’s progress in the educational process, group participation, drug monitoring, compliance, 12–Step work, and identification of areas for improvement to achieve long-term sobriety. During the Intensive Outpatient Program, individual counseling sessions are scheduled weekly and counselors create specific programs tailored to each individual’s recovery needs.
Addiction recovery is a personal journey, which is why it is important for a treatment program to be personalized for the client’s unique needs. When entering rehab, each individual brings with him or her a history of past conflict, trauma, dysfunction, and mistakes, and it is only through therapy and counseling that these past issues are resolved, and the person can go on to live a sober, fulfilled life.
Individual Counseling in Connection with Group Therapy
Although each individual must ultimately go through change and renewal on a personal level, recovery is generally more successful and enjoyable when shared with others. Northland focuses on family dynamics and the relationships between the addict and their loved ones as well as with their peers. Along with individual addiction counseling, we encourage participation in group counseling, family therapy, and support group sessions. Together, these different pieces work to bring physical, emotional, and psychological healing to every aspect of the individual’s life.
Phases of the Northland Treatment Program
Below are the phases of treatment offered at Northland and how individual addiction counseling is used in each step. These phases are what most recovering addicts must go through to achieve lasting sobriety, although they are modified as needed for each client.
Phase I: Detox–this phase of treatment typically lasts 3 days and focuses on suppression of the withdrawal symptoms which occur in the first few days after the drug or alcohol use is stopped. While each individual must go through detox themselves, it should not be done alone. A support system is vital in this phase to provide encouragement and motivation to continue.
Phase II: Suboxone Intensive Outpatient (SIOP)–this phase of treatment lasts two weeks and begins immediately after completion of Phase I. This phase is specifically designed for the opioid-dependent patient. Education about the biology of the disease, the importance of a sober environment, the management of triggers and cravings and relapse-prevention strategies are emphasized. Clients in this phase will participate in individual therapy sessions as determined by their treatment plan, but also will begin group work.
Phase III: Intensive Outpatient (IOP)–this phase of treatment typically lasts 8 weeks. Patients participate in group education and counseling sessions three times per week and participate in a Family Education session once a week. It is during this phase that individual addiction counseling is made use of the most, and the client will really dig into and learn about his or her own past, triggers, relationships, and hopes for the future.
Phase IV: Continuing Care/Relapse Prevention–this phase of treatment lasts for one year but requires attendance for only two-hour session per week for a group meeting. Most patients find this phase of treatment enjoyable. While there is a greater focus during this phase on interpersonal relationships, individual counseling is always an option for those that require it.
Phase V: Post-Continuing Care/ Aftercare MAT Program–this is an optional phase for the clients who choose to remain on medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and require long-term physician visits, drug screens, and counseling sessions. Again, individual counseling is available, but most people at this point in their recovery benefit the most from support group sessions and interactions with others.
Whether a client needs treatment for alcohol dependence, opioid addiction, or any other type of drug addiction, Northland provides the highest level of personalized care. Our addiction professionals understand the importance of individual care, and we work with each client to assess their situation and establish a treatment plan for their needs. Individual addiction counseling is one component we use to help clients learn about and overcome their addiction.
During the Intensive Outpatient Program, individual counseling sessions are scheduled weekly and counselors create specific programs tailored to each individual’s recovery needs.