Springboard Recovery offers a variety of counseling services, including group, individual and even outpatient. This comprehensive counseling strategy is a staple of the Springboard program and helps ensure that you have the support you need: whenever and wherever you need it.
If you’re struggling with addiction in Scottsdale, you need to know that individual counseling is a key ingredient in the recipe for recovery. You can’t solve your problems until you know what they are, so individual counseling helps you get specific about what’s troubling you and what will help you to fix it.
What is Individual Counseling?
Individual counseling pairs you with a trained and licensed counselor who specializes in addiction. In your counseling sessions, you are the boss. You can explore whatever you want to, whether it’s the challenges you faced as a child or the more recent challenges of addiction. Therapy is completely confidential, and therapists listen intently without judging you or telling you what to do. Instead, your therapist’s job is to gently guide you in the right direction, ask you questions that help you better understand yourself and your life, and make suggestions about what might help you lead a happier and addiction-free existence.
How Can Individual Counseling Help Me With My Addiction?
Research consistently shows that therapy is a significant predictor of success on the journey to sobriety. Therapy helps you to gain a deeper understanding of why you became an addict; often the underlying cause is much different from the superficial one. By gaining a better understanding of your addiction, you’ll be better equipped to combat it head-on. Some other benefits of therapy include:
- The chance to explore approaches that have worked for other addicts. Your therapist may have a number of suggestions for coping with withdrawal.
- Emotional support as you navigate the turbulent and often painful challenges of detox.
- A trial-and-error approach. If you try something and it doesn’t work, you and your therapist can explore why it might not have worked and then develop a new solution that has the potential to be more effective.
- The chance to bring other people into therapy. If your addiction has caused difficulties in your relationships, your therapist can help mediate these challenges while offering your loved ones an education about the disease of addiction.
- Education about the disease of addiction. Your therapist may recommend books, movies, homework assignments, and other activities designed to help you learn.
Getting the Most Out of Individual Counseling
If you want to get the most out of your counseling sessions, you need to treat therapy not as something that’s done to you, but something for which you are an active participant. Follow up with the assignments your therapist gives you, and commit to practicing the skills you use in therapy as part of your everyday existence. Honesty is also key. It can be embarrassing to admit the worst things about yourself, but your therapist has heard it all. Hiding things only means they won’t be addressed, which gives them the chance to get further out of control. Practice a policy of honesty and you may be surprised to see how quickly therapy can turn your life around.
This is the perfect place if you really want to get sober and continue your life in a happy, healthy manner.
– Jordan C.
Group Therapy and Counseling
When you contemplate therapy, you likely picture a lone individual sitting with a single therapist and pouring out her heart. The reality is that, in rehab, group therapy forms a key component of the journey toward recovery. Group therapy offers all of the benefits of individual therapy, but in a cost-effective setting that allows you to attend sessions much more frequently than you would with individual therapy.
What is Group Therapy?
Group therapy is a group session with one or more therapists. Groups are usually fairly small, averaging about five or six people. During therapy sessions, you’ll discuss many of the same issues you’d discuss in individual counseling. The difference is that, rather than relying solely on the thoughts of a single therapist, the group sets the agenda. Members may offer feedback, opinions, and advice. Additionally, group dynamics can help the therapist explore important issues faced by each group member. If one member is consistently excluded or bullied, for instance, the therapist can directly address this in group therapy sessions.
What Happens in Group Therapy?
Group therapy typically addresses common themes that many members of the group face. The therapist typically opens by suggesting a broad topic of discussion and asking a few questions to get the discussion moving. From there, it’s up to the group to set the agenda for therapy. Some common themes you may explore include:
- The way addiction affects your relationships.
- Which strategies have effectively helped you manage cravings, and which have made it worse.
- Reintegrating back into your old life after checking out of rehab.
- Developing new life skills and replacement behaviors for your addiction.
- Talking to loved ones who don’t understand the disease of addiction or who think addiction is your fault.
Though group therapy is confidential, it’s common for members of a group therapy session to discuss therapy outside of therapy, especially in the context of inpatient rehab.
Springboard recovery is an amazing place to start, or continue your recovery.
– Jordan C.
Getting the Most Out of Group Therapy
Group therapy can feel a little weird at first, especially if you’re an introvert or have never been to therapy before. But opening up not only helps you get the most out of therapy; it also takes you outside of your comfort zone and helps you learn new skills. If you want to maximize the benefits you get from group therapy, try the following strategies:
- Ask other people about their opinions and feelings, sine they may have advice and experience relevant to your challenges.
- Speak up if you’re having difficulties getting along with any group members.
- Be honest. Misleading or outright lying will only prevent you from getting the most out of therapy.
- Use group therapy as a chance to explore relationship issues. For instance, if you have trouble making friends, the group may be able to help you explore why this is.
- Pursue individual therapy alongside group therapy. Individual therapy allows you to explore personal issues more deeply, while group therapy is designed to help you learn more about relationships while benefiting from the wisdom of other addicts.