One-on-one or individual therapy is one of the most well-studied and thoroughly developed methods of dealing with mental health concerns, including substance abuse and addiction. The act of talking about your concerns, emotions, situation and goals with someone who can listen and offer advice might sound very simple, but it is in fact one of the most effective ways to work through life’s challenges. Philosophers, doctors and psychologists have used these methods for generations to help themselves and their clients think through whatever problems they are having. Modern one-on-one therapy gives you time to focus on yourself and to put into words anything that might be on your mind.
At Tree House Recovery, we emphasize the power of the individual — we believe that understanding and harnessing your personal qualities is vital to the recovery experience. One-on-one therapy is therefore a cornerstone of our treatment program; during your sessions with one of our staff therapists, you will begin to rediscover who you are and what makes you fulfilled without relying on substances like drugs or alcohol.
Benefits of One-on-One Therapy
While group therapy and support systems are widely discussed as part of long-term recovery, reconnecting with oneself in your own space is just as important as connecting with others. Indeed, it is one of the most critical components of recovery because it allows you to explore your own addiction and to feel confident in your ability to overcome it. Addiction often takes away an individual’s sense of self; you may become wrapped up in a version of yourself that needs drugs or alcohol to get through the day, and forget everything that once motivated you. You may abandon the things you once cared about, such as friends and loved ones, hobbies or a career. If this sounds familiar, one-on-one therapy will be able to help you find yourself again and to get you back on track to a sober life that makes you happy.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) names individual counseling as a “critical component” of successful treatment for substance abuse and addiction. NIDA also lists a few significant benefits of talk therapy, including:
- Renewed motivation
- Building skills to resist relapse
- Replacing substance abuse with constructive sober activities
- Improving problem-solving abilities
- Improving interpersonal relationships
- Restoring ability to function in their family and community
One-on-one therapy provides a safe space in which you can discuss anything that you need to let out. While group therapy provides support and alternative perspectives, it is equally helpful to have time dedicated only to yourself in which you don’t need to feel any pressure from others. You can speak freely and know that your therapist is there to listen without judgment. The time spent in self-discovery will lead you to realizations that you could never anticipate — the one-on-one therapy is deeply personal, and each client benefits in innumerable different ways.
One-on-One Therapy at Tree House Recovery
In one-on-one therapy at Tree House Recovery, clients will work closely with their therapist to address the root causes of their addiction. Our team of certified therapists and counselors all specialize in addiction recovery and have a keen understanding of how to make sure you get the most out of your therapy sessions. Together, clients and their therapist work to identify and subsequently remove the factors that predisposed the client to chemical dependency. These factors and solutions could include, for example, working through past trauma or grief, discovering a diagnosis of depression or anxiety or overcoming stressors like the loss of a job or the end of a relationship. Your background, experiences and story will shape your individual therapy sessions as your therapist helps you take your past and use it to reshape your future.
Tree House Recovery employs a variety of therapeutic interventions, and one-on-one therapy is an integral and foundational piece of our programs. The key to our individual therapy process is the empathetic and safe space created by the therapist that fosters each client’s growing understanding of himself; the resulting self-realization and awareness enable not just sustained recovery and overall wellbeing, but eventual self-mastery as well.
Contact Tree House Recovery
Tree House Recovery provides individualized, holistic treatment for men who are struggling with substance abuse or addiction to alcohol or drug. We are located in Portland, Oregon, and welcome clients from the broader Pacific Northwest area and from across the country. We are grounded in the belief that everyone is capable of lifelong recovery, and we make it our mission to bring this capability to life through our core recovery curriculum. We promote compassion, self-reflection and a strong sense of community to create a supportive and healing environment. If you or your loved one is ready to begin their journey of recovery, contact us to find out if our programs are right for you. Call us at 855-969-5181.