Therapy is individualized to the needs of the person; objectives of each treatment plan will reflect a shared journey. We fully understand the value of meeting clients “where they are at,” taking into account their understanding and insights regarding the impact of substance use in their life. Then, we introduce the appropriate empirically-based intervention that can help the person gain insight and make effective change.
You might think that the key word in the phrase “individual therapy” is “therapy.” After all, “therapy” is a word that encompasses a lot of different ideas, preconceptions, and emotions. While most everyone has a sense of what therapy might be like, the truth is that those who have never experienced it may not have a clear sense of the details. Still, the word “therapy” has a certain kind of weight to it.
Still and all, to our way of thinking at Waypoint Recovery Center, the word “individual” is actually the key to understanding our approach to providing one-on-one therapy.
That is because we understand that therapy must be individualized for the person who is receiving care. Every individual has different needs, different strengths, and different levels of comfort with the therapeutic process. That means our approach to therapy begins with a simple principle: We meet those we serve where they are—taking into account a person’s own understanding and insights regarding the impact that substance use has had in their life.
We cannot over-emphasize the importance of this approach. Therapy can only be effective if it takes into account the uniqueness of each individual and the details of their personal story. Ignoring the details and realities of a person’s experience with drugs and alcohol (and other aspects of their life as well) is a good way to ensure that individual therapy will be ineffective. So at Waypoint, therapy begins with a thoughtful conversation that introduces a spirit of collaboration and demonstrates the therapist’s dedication to serving the whole person in ways that are personalized to meet their needs.
From there, the therapist will make a determination concerning which empirically-based intervention might be most effective in terms of helping the person in treatment to gain new insights and make lasting, helpful changes that can protect their sobriety. Options include cognitive behavioral therapy (often called CBT), expressive arts therapy, recreational therapy, brain-based counseling, and more.
For our purposes here, let’s take a look at cognitive behavioral therapy. CBT is focused on the intersections among your feelings, thoughts, and actions. The better a person understands how those three things are intertwined, the better they are able to find solutions to problems. CBT is goal-oriented (in keeping with Waypoint Recovery Center’s focus on goals rather than merely on abstinence from substance use) and structured. As a result, it is generally completed in 12 to 16 sessions—which makes it an excellent option for a person in rehab.
As we have noted, CBT is just one therapeutic option for a person going through treatment at Waypoint Recovery Center. Our priority is working with those we serve to find the therapeutic option that serves an individual best.
Of course, a major purpose of therapy sessions in treatment is addressing the challenges directly related to substance use and maintaining sobriety. But it is also important to point out that Waypoint Recovery Center is also prepared to help address any number of co-occurring mental health disorders. Whether a person is struggling with a form of depression, an anxiety or panic disorder, or a disorder grounded in trauma, addressing that disorder in therapy is a key part of helping a person reclaim their sobriety—and their overall quality of life. Sobriety is good for a person’s mental health. Likewise, good mental health supports a person’s sobriety.
Because of this connection, working on mental health issues are a key component of individual therapy sessions at Waypoint Recovery Center.
Evidence-based, personalized individual therapy helps an individual build up the resilience needed to overcome the inevitable challenges that a person will face along their recovery journey. Learning strategies, identifying resources, and building on personal strengths in a therapeutic setting can set a person up for success in recovery.