How Individual Therapy Can Help Outpatient Recovery

There are various therapies for each unique addiction.
People respond to various stimuli differently and addicts in treatment can struggle with same thing.

Some addicts are helped greatly by the in-patient treatment model.  With this kind of program, the addict is able to remove themselves from the outside sources of stress and anxiety in their life, leaving problems with family members, jobs and co-workers, relationship stress and other triggers for drug or alcohol abuse outside while they venture inward, examining the causes of their struggle with addiction.  In the in-patient model, patients have access to resources around the clock, from people who can help with medical challenges during the detox process, to professionals who are accessible to hold one on one therapy sessions as the patient’s treatment plan dictates.  Finding people who can hold the addict accountable in in-patient treatment is not hard!  The structure is often helpful to someone who is facing recovery on so many fronts at once in order to beat back the addiction.

Some people find the concept of an in-patient recovery invasive, and for them, it may be better to pursue the idea of an outpatient model.  This type of recovery and substance abuse treatment program focuses even more closely on the patient’s internal psychology and motivations, often using tools like cognitive behavioral therapy to dig into the patient’s ingrained presuppositions and biases, and reprogram the mental pieces that made addiction possible.  In an outpatient therapy model, the recovering addict should expect no less attention to personal responsibility and accountability.  The professional treatment program, no matter if the patient is self-admitted or admitted at the order of a court, will hold the patient to regular testing and require acknowledgement of the actions and choices that lead to addictive behavior.

During the process of recovery, the patient will learn a great deal about him or herself, integrating aspects of identity and early experience which may have previously been causing pain and anxiety.  Depression and other chemical imbalances will be addressed by the medical staff, even in an outpatient therapy model.  When the patient is feeling stable and the treatment facility is confident it is time, the patient’s integration inside the treatment community will begin to extend into the broader community.  Instead of just attending group meetings (like 12-step programs AA and NA) inside the recovery facility and program, the patient will begin to integrate with the larger community AA and NA meetings.  

For patients who have a defined recovery plan that extends past their time in actual outpatient recovery treatment, the potential for recovery to represent a lifetime without drugs and alcohol is real.  The staff at a first-class recovery treatment program will help the patient develop that plan, discussing things like how the patient will use their recovery resources, even after they have concluded their treatment program.  For the typical outpatient addict, this process of ending recovery is often just as difficult and anxiety provoking as it is for an inpatient treatment addict.  The security and sense of acceptance that many find in recovery is so powerful that the patient must learn how to replicate it in real life.

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