Individual counselling- and therapyinvolve one-on-one work between therapist and patient. It is one of the most effective form of therapy for many mental and behavioral conditions. The therapist and patient can build trust and rapport, which supports the individual’s recovery process. It involves exploring one’s personality, including past experiences and present behaviors, and creating new processes to address conflicts, defense mechanisms, and maladaptive behaviors. Individual therapy for alcohol and drugs abuse focuses on ways to stop abusing the substance, build skills to manage cravings or stress, and stick to the recovery plan.
Group counselling- and therapy is wherepatients take part in group sessions accompanied by peers, who are in treatment. Groups are therapist led, although group members share their experiences. Group therapy allows members to learn from each other’s experiences with addiction who are working on various stages of recovery. Itprovides a framework to create steps to understand when cravings are triggered and how to manage these without relapsing.
Family counseling and therapy for addiction involves counseling for family members in addition to the person in recovery. Therapy teaches families the underlying causes of addiction, how to reduce risk factors for relapse and how to properly support their loved one in recovery.
Family counseling is beneficial for family members negatively affected by another person’s addiction. It helps each family member learn about the impact his or her actions have on others, and it teaches families how to effectively communicate and function.