Using Individual Therapy to Treat Addiction

Recovering ManIndividual therapy is a process that occurs between a client and their therapist. Individual therapy is sometimes referred to as “talk therapy” or psychotherapy depending on the setting and approach of the therapist.

This is a process wherein an Individual (client) and a therapist work together to improve the client’s quality of life. The process involves overcoming the challenges that disrupt an individual’s mental and emotional balance.

Through individual therapy, an individual’s self-esteem is gradually increased to allow the development of feelings like kindness, love and optimism. Individual therapy encourages self-awareness and personal growth with the main goal of helping the client realize a rewarding life without using addictive substances.

Individual Therapy at Beach City Treatment

Beach City Treatment uses individual therapy to treat alcoholism and addiction to other substances. Beach City Treatment will ensure that privacy and confidentiality is maintained during assessment, treatment and post-treatment consultations. Our clinical experts are focused on providing an objective viewpoint about your issue that is non-judgmental and supportive.

Beach City Treatment is dedicated to addressing our client’s underlying issues by providing ample one-on-one time with our clinical experts. These sessions are “problem and solution” focused with the goal of improving the client’s quality of life and strengthening their character.

Issues Addressed in Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is about resolving and overcoming the issues that contributed to the addiction that brought the individual to treatment. These are the common issues that are addressed by individual therapy:

  • Drug Dependence
  • Alcoholism
  • Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
  • Intimacy Issues
  • Trust Issues
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Loss of a loved-one or excessive grief
  • Trauma related issues addressed

Meet Medical Director Dr. Turner

Dr. Turner is a board certified addiction doctor and specializes in psychiatry and addiction medicine.

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.” -Kahlil Gibran

Meet the Beach City Team.

Modalities of Treatment We Employ

Our clinical experts determine the treatment approach based on many factors, including treatment history and medical history and the current psychological state of the client. Our staff has many specializations and theoretical orientations to draw from. We require our staff to continue their professional education and stay on top of  recent psychological research and breakthroughs.

The collaboration of the client with their therapist is very important in the process of individual treatment. The therapist may use and combine several styles and models of treatment to create a personalized-treatment approach to suit the need of the client.

Here are common modalities utilized in individual therapy:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • During treatment a client learns various ways of thinking, behaving, and responding to stressors in various settings. This process is focused on determining, testing, and controlling negative and detrimental thoughts and beliefs that trigger addiction and dependence.
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
    • This type of treatment helps a client cope with addiction and dependency through motivation,  learning skills, and methods to control their reaction to life’s stressors.
  • Family Counseling
    • The therapist may invite family members to attend a counseling session. This process integrates a client’s family members to help the client understand their personal relationship patterns. Family members are also guided to help them create better communication.
  • Motivational Interviewing
    • This modality uses strong personal motivators and the client’s strengths to draw a positive behavioral outcome.
  • Integrative Therapy
    • During this process, the therapist uses a broad range of holistic and integrative models of therapy to help treat a client. It identifies the different needs of the client be it physical, social, spiritual, and most important, the client’s psychological wellness.


Beach City Treatment’s clinical experts will help a client determine the duration of their treatment stay thorough a thorough assessment of a client’s current state of mind, the type of treatment needed by the client, and the client’s willingness to recover.

Recognizing the Problem

Recovery starts with identifying and admitting that you need help. It is essential to know when you need help. Here’s an example of the types of questions we use to determine if you need help.

  1. Do you take alcohol and/or drugs when stressed?
  2. Does taking alcohol and/or drugs affecting your relationship with your family and friends?
  3. Does taking alcohol and/or drugs affecting your productivity?
  4. Do you think about drinking alcohol and/or taking drugs more than once or twice a day?
  5. Do experience withdrawal symptoms once stopping use?
  6. Do you become defensive when family members and friends say you have an alcohol and/or drug problem?
  7. Do you feel anxious and irritable if you haven’t taken any alcohol and/or drugs for a while?

Benefits of Individual Therapy

Individual therapy helps a client gain a new perspective and practical skills to cope with their addiction and dependence. Negative and detrimental beliefs and practices are now replaced with positivism and optimism.

A client, after undergoing individual therapy, will have developed a sense of responsibility and will able to manage their time and channel their effort in a more  productive and positive way. A client coming out of therapy has gained a sense of freedom from the life of addiction and dependence.

Advantage of Individual Therapy

  1. The therapist’s only focus is the client.
  2. The time spent in sessions are not shared with another client and privacy and confidentiality is kept at all times.
  3. The therapist has ample time to identify issues, acknowledge emotions, establishing goals, work through challenges with the client.

One-on-one sessions provides a client a safe place to share their issues compared to group session that make sharing awkward at times, especially on the onset of therapy.

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