Individual Therapy | Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation

Published by John Gillen | Last updated: 30th January 2023 | All Sources

From detoxification to rehabilitation and relapse prevention to aftercare support, when it comes to drug & alcohol rehabilitation, there are a plethora of treatments that play a significant role in an individual’s ability to secure and maintain a long-term recovery.

One of the treatments that remains highly effective when considering drug & alcohol rehabilitation is individual therapy.

Across the United Kingdom, more than 1.4 million people are referred for individual therapy by the NHS each year.  A significant number of people will also undergo individual therapy in private rehab centres such as our own.

Although we are aware of the benefits associated with individual therapy, we understand that taking the first step in securing help is somewhat daunting.  In fact, many individuals defer treatment and individual therapy due to a lack of insight into what to expect.

With this in mind, we have provided a wealth of information surrounding individual therapy in drug & alcohol rehabilitation below.


What Is Individual Therapy?

Individual therapy, simply put, is a form of treatment that encourages those in a drug & alcohol rehabilitation centre to understand their addiction and condition in a one-to-one setting.

Typically consisting of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing and stress management, individual therapy provides a safe space for those in rehab to reflect on their addiction with a dedicated and qualified counsellor, psychologist or psychiatrist.

Not only does this ensure that those in rehab can understand and appreciate the factors that have contributed to their addiction, but it guarantees that positive mindsets can be adopted.

Unfortunately, when individual therapy is not secured or administered, it is much harder to fully overcome an addiction.  Furthermore, those who do not complete individual therapy often find that they are at greater risk of experiencing a relapse within the first 12-months of their recovery.

This is because those who do not obtain individual therapy are unable to determine what has caused their addiction to arise.  In turn, coping strategies cannot be devised.


What Are The Advantages of Individual Therapy?

At Cassiobury Court, we have witnessed just how beneficial individual therapy can be when recovering from an addiction.  However, stigmas surrounding individual therapy continue to prevent many from taking advantage of the service that is widely available to them.

Sadly, in doing so, thousands of individuals put themselves at risk of developing both physical and psychological illnesses that are often irreversible.

To help you appreciate the benefits of individual therapy, we have shared just a few advantages below.

  1. Individual therapy enables those in a drug & alcohol rehabilitation centre to understand the factors that have played a role in the development of their addiction.
  2. Individual therapy helps those in recovery develop coping strategies that mitigate their risk of relapse in the future.
  3. Individual therapy helps alleviate mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety, that may have surfaced as a result of a drug or alcohol addiction.
  4. Individual therapy can help combat mental health disorders that may have caused an individual’s addiction to arise.
  5. Individual therapy helps many prepare for returning home after receiving treatment in a drug and alcohol rehab.
  6. Individual therapy assists those in a drug & alcohol rehabilitation centre secure a more optimistic outlook on life.
  7. Individual therapy enables those in recovery to learn how to handle emotions that they experience much better.  In doing so, those in recovery find it easier to navigate a range of emotions that could otherwise see them relapse.

In addition to the above, individual therapy has been deemed extremely beneficial when it comes to repairing relationships that may have diminished as a result of addiction.


The Effectiveness of Individual Therapy

Irrespective of whether individual therapy is administered to treat drug and alcohol addictions or recommended to help overcome mental health disorders, individual therapy remains highly beneficial.

As noted above, at least 1.4 million people are referred for individual therapy each year in the United Kingdom.  Out of those who complete a recommended individual therapy programme, at least 70% of people find their condition improves.


Individual Therapy at Cassiobury Court

Here at Cassiobury Court, individual therapy is incorporated into our drug & alcohol rehabilitation programmes.  Administered upon completing a detoxification programme, we have several psychological therapies that are offered on a one-to-one basis.

Should you decide to attend our rehab, the individual therapy you are offered will entirely depend on your psychological health and well-being upon entering our rehab.  We will also consider whether you require treatment for a mental health disorder.

Although we offer a range of individual therapies, you may find that you only encounter one specific type of individual therapy.

Irrespective of the individual therapy offered during drug & alcohol rehabilitation, we guarantee that you will have the support, guidance and services you need to understand your addiction in greater detail.

You will also have the assistance you need to determine how you can mitigate your risk of relapse in the future.

As you come to encounter individual therapy, you may feel somewhat uneasy.  This is entirely normal.  If you feel uneasy or anxious, our qualified counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists will ensure that you feel comfortable as you undergo therapy.

It should also be noted that any information you share and discuss throughout your individual therapy will remain confidential and will only be used to support you in making a long-term recovery.


Individual Therapy and Aftercare Support

During your time in our drug and alcohol rehab, we are confident that you will successfully overcome your addiction.  However, in many instances, attending rehab is just the first step in addiction recovery.

As a result, we provide 12-months of aftercare support to those who attend our rehab.

Although aftercare support typically encourages those in recovery to participate in group therapy, we do also incorporate individual therapy into our aftercare support programmes, should it be needed.


Contact Us Today

If you are struggling with a drug and alcohol addiction and believe that individual therapy could assist you, please contact us today.


John Gillen

John Gillen - Author Last updated: 30th January 2023

John Gillen is a leading addiction treatment expert with over 15 years of experience providing evidence-based treatment methods for individuals throughout the UK. John also co-authors the book, The Secret Disease of Addiction, which delves into how the addictive mind works and what treatment techniques work best.