The most effective addiction treatment goes beyond just handling a client’s substance abuse. Oftentimes, addiction brings a host of social, emotional, psychological and vocational problems with it. That’s why working with an individual counselor during recovery is so important. They are able to tailor their advice to your specific needs and build a rapport and trust that might not be found in a larger group setting.
What’s The Point of Individual Counseling?
We take individual counseling very seriously because we understand how important it is. Counselors can work with clients to show them how to recognize and rechannel urges and help pinpoint a recovery plan that will help them throughout their life. Counselors also serve as a useful tool to
- Hold clients accountable for their actions and make sure they understand how destructive further use of addictive substances can be.
- Work on developing personalized problem-solving strategies that might be more effective than ones used in the past.
- Help identify instances where addiction was used as a cover-up or a crutch for deeper emotional, physical, or psychological problems.
- Encourage and motivate clients to use what they have learned from a recovery program in their everyday lives and in their communities.
- Serve as a valuable resource to bounce ideas off of, express worries and concerns to, or just be someone who is there to give a quick word of praise.
One of the best parts of individual counseling is that it is all about you. Sessions can be tailored to your personal motivations and goals. A lot can get covered in a one-on-one session. Individual counseling can also tackle circumstances like depression and bipolar disorder a lot more effectively than a larger group setting can.
What Goes On in an Individual Counseling Session?
Counselors are very concerned with the well-being of clients since the last session. Individual counseling gives you the opportunity to disclose any fears, concerns, successes, or pitfalls in a safe environment. All of our counselors understand how important confidentiality is. Discussions are totally private. A counselor’s goal is to help clients understand other ways to deal with addiction-related issues like financial worry, or arguments, in a way that will not include taking more substances. Above all, a counseling session will make sure the discussion of any problems puts recovery above all else. Many counselors have an extensive background in addiction recovery. Some of them might even have gone through recovery treatment themselves, so they can also offer appropriate advice and raise points based on their own experiences.
Counselors will also give feedback to clients about their progress and give advice about what the next steps are in their recovery journey. They will lead a discussion about the most relevant topics for your recovery, and ask about any other urgent problems that might need to be dealt with.
How AARC’s Counselors Help You Recover from Addiction
Since we are licensed and accredited by the Department of Children and Families and the Joint Commission on Behavioral Healthcare, our recovery program is comprehensive and only incorporates the best resources available. All of our clients have access to a therapist for a weekly individual session that’s conducted in a relaxed and stress-free manner.
A lot of our staff have gone through addiction recovery themselves, so they can bring plenty of first-hand experience and advice to a session. Our counselors are supportive, candid, honest, and have years of experience in the substance abuse field. Many of them have advanced degrees and certifications related to addiction recovery and behavioral health. They’re dedicated to helping you reach lasting sobriety.
Many clients who have used AARC have found the individual counseling sessions to be productive, constructive, and worthwhile as they start a life away from addiction.