The Whole Person
Individual therapy is an essential tool in recovering from addiction and transforming an individual’s life.
Addiction robs us of us of our sense of self, our ability to process emotions, have meaningful relationships, manage our day-to-day lives or have a sense of meaning and purpose. Additionally, while living in active addiction, addicts and alcoholics are consistently anesthetizing their emotions — sometimes for decades. It is common for individuals who are just getting sober to suddenly feel flooded by the emotions they have stuffed for years. These emotions can date all the way back to childhood traumas. This flood of emotions can often blindside someone just getting sober. And without healthy coping mechanisms and tools to process them, these emotions can be a trigger for relapse. Untreated wounds from the past are often the stumbling blocks that trip up an individual’s ability to stay clean and sober long term.
Individual therapy helps individuals begin to explore their lives — their unhealed wounds, unhealthy behavior patterns, shame, grief, sorrow — whatever might hinder them from experiencing the freedom sobriety has to offer. Therapy helps get down to the roots of why an individual may have been drawn to substances in the first place. It also teaches individuals tools for processing their emotions, for challenging the negative stories they tell themselves and for building better relationships. The importance of individual therapy cannot be overstated.