At the Male Drug Abuse Treatment and Alcohol Abuse Rehab Center in Sacramento, California, we utilise a social treatment model that emphasises therapeutic group activities such as anger management, cognitive therapy, and 12-step programming. Being surrounded by a supportive community helps prevent clients from isolating during rehabilitation, and allows patients to learn valuable interpersonal skills that are useful beyond treatment. While we believe group therapy is an important component of rehabilitation, individual therapy is also vital to recovery.
Benefits of the group and individual therapy sessions for both in-patients and outpatients
Male Drug Abuse Treatment and Alcohol Abuse Rehab employ a social model of addiction recovery because we believe it is crucial for addicts to out of a negative isolation pattern. Learning to engage with others in therapy sessions, share meals together, and participate in a variety of therapeutic recreational activities all enhance recovery. The combination of individual and group therapy sessions, combined with our therapeutic activities, maximizes a patient’s chance of a successful, full and lasting recovery.
Purpose of individual therapy sessions
Some patients may wonder why a combination of both group and individual therapy is recommended. There are several reasons why the two forms of therapy work in conjunction to compliment and enhance each other.
1. Privacy to work on personal, sensitive breakthroughs and barriers. We understand that some topics are too difficult to discuss with a group, no matter how supportive. These issues do not need to be brought up in a group, but still must be addressed. Individual therapy sessions are a safe and more comfortable space to work through confidential matters.
2. Go deeper with group topics. One of the few disadvantages of group therapy is that it does not always allow enough time for each patient to dive deeply into the topic of discussion. In individual therapy, patients can build on what they discussed and learned in the group session and apply it to their specific situation.
3. Diving deep. In individual therapy sessions, therapists can help patients discover and work through the root of their addiction issues, and create a personalized plan to avoid relapse.
4. Treat multiple disorders. Addiction is often accompanied, caused, or exacerbated by another mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety. Clients with a dual diagnosis, they must be treated simultaneously for multiple illnesses, making therapy more effective and decreasing the likelihood of relapse.