Addiction has long been viewed as a choice, however, science has proven it to be a disease that has several different environmental, biological, and genetic factors to its development. Those who abuse addictive substances do not usually do it for absolutely no reason. Instead, abusing drugs and/or alcohol is a way to either help self-medicate problems caused by environmental and biological factors or because experimentation led to the development of an addiction due to genetic predisposition.
No matter how one’s addiction developed, there are always underlying causes, issues, and challenges that are tied to the reasons why someone abuses addictive substances.
Unfortunately, as individuals continue to abuse drugs and/or alcohol, even more, issues begin to develop that only make the metaphorical load much heavier to carry. For example, abusing drugs can cause individuals to lose their jobs, struggle to support themselves and/or others financially, experience serious physical health problems, and even become homeless or experience an overdose. The impact of issues such as these, which are common in those who abuse addictive substances, makes all other components of one’s addiction that much more complex. And as time passes and the use continues, the situation only becomes harder to manage.
However, when someone enrolls in a treatment program for his or her addiction, he or she will be able to take a step back from their substance abuse and begin unpacking the mental and emotional baggage that they have been carrying (and adding to) for the duration of his or her use. One of the ways in which this can be done is through an individual addiction therapy in Athens, TN.
What is an Individual Addiction Therapy Program?
Individual therapy, which is also known as psychotherapy, is a method of therapy that works to help people change their behaviors and manage/overcome issues that contribute to their lives in negative ways. Someone who is a client at a treatment center will be afforded several different methods of care that are designed to help him or her end active addiction and develop a foundation for recovery. One of those methods of care is individual therapy.
Individual addiction therapy in Athens, Tennessee occurs between the client and a therapist. During each session, the therapist and client will work together to identify underlying causes of addiction, address the impacts that the addiction has had on one’s life, and learn how to manage people, things, or experiences that trigger the desire to keep using. An individual addiction therapy program is offered in sessions and based on the clients’ needs and can be provided several times a week if necessary.
How Can JourneyPure’s Individual Addiction Therapy In Athens, Tennessee Help?
Addiction is an incredibly personal and intimate disease, as it often has deep roots connected to painful memories or experiences. When in an individual therapy setting, clients can benefit from the privacy of the session and share more freely than if he or she were in a group setting. It is because of that freedom that most therapists who conduct individual addiction therapy in Athens can focus on applying specific treatment modalities to the client’s sessions that help him or her grow in recovery.
A therapist conducting an individual addiction therapy session can utilize evidence-based treatments to help move the client in the right direction, including those below.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive behavioral therapy is widely used not only throughout the United States but throughout the entire world. This specific type of therapy can easily be incorporated into one’s individual therapy session. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help clients address distorted thinking patterns and behaviors and work to change them. Some of the ways in which cognitive behavioral therapy helps those with a substance use disorder include the following:
- Help treat symptoms of mental health conditions, which are common in those with substance use disorders
- Helps manage physical pain symptoms, therefore benefitting those with chronic pain but who are in recovery
- Allows clients to identify and manage emotions and emotional responses
- Encourages learning how to cope with life stressors
- Helps clients process and overcome issues caused by trauma
Psychodrama is a type of therapy where the client can act out specific situations or events that have caused him or her distress. The therapist can be involved in this process, too, allowing more depth to be achieved. The ability to recreate an experience is highly beneficial, as it can help clients overcome the upset that is connected to it. Other ways that psychodrama during individual addiction therapy includes the following:
- Allows clients to gain a stronger perspective of events in their lives
- Helps clients feel safe reexperiencing past events
- Improves upon emotional wellbeing
- Increases self-confidence and self-awareness
- Helps clients establish trust in another person
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eve movement desensitization and reprocessing, which is better known as EMDR, is a leading trauma treatment process used for those who have suffered traumas related to abuse, combat experience, natural disaster, neglect, and so on. EMDR works by helping to rewire the way in which someone thinks about a trauma event. A therapist will ask the client to follow an object or light with his or her eyes while bringing to mind the traumatic event. When the therapist stops moving the object, the client will be asked to discuss what he or she was thinking about so that the therapist can help him or her better process it. EMDR is capable of doing the following:
- Reducing fears, anxiety, and phobias
- Helps clients develop effective emotional regulation
- Allows clients to start discussing one or more traumatic events without being physically and psychologically exhausted in doing so
- Increases one’s self-esteem
- Helps alleviate symptoms of PTSD including hypervigilance and reexperiencing traumatic events
Get Professional Help At JourneyPure’s Individual Addiction Therapy Program in Athens, TN
If you are struggling with a substance use disorder, you can work to overcome the many different challenges you are faced with through individual therapy. Our individual addiction therapy in Athens, TN can help you finally work through the issues that have contributed to your addiction so that you can enter into a strong state of recovery.
Do not wait. Ask for help today.