"All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work." - 2 Timothy 3:16-17
As a Christian, reconciling substance use with your faith isn't always easy. You may feel as though God isn't on your side, or as if you have let him down, but this isn't true. With individual counseling from Road to Freedom, you can explore the motivations behind your drug use and receive personalized treatment designed to help you move beyond your addiction, all while working to feel the power of God's love once more.
Road to Freedom is a Christian rehabilitation center that focuses on a holistic approach to recovery. By offering access to both licensed therapists and faith leaders, we can provide the thorough resources necessary to help you grow, develop, and change.
What Is Individual Therapy?
Individual therapy, also frequently known as psychotherapy, is a form of counseling that involves one-on-one meetings between therapists and patients. Sessions can take numerous forms, ranging from casual chats to structured, serious appointments utilizing scientifically-proven techniques.
Individual therapy is often beneficial for its intimate and confidential nature. Patients are free to talk about any subject, from childhood issues to troubling thoughts and ideas, with no risk of judgment or shame. Throughout their education and training, counselors are highly trained in sensitivity and appropriate responses, helping patients to work through their complex feelings in a safe, secure environment.
In a rehabilitation setting, individual therapy is used to help substance abusers better understand their addictions, uncovering the personal challenges, trials, and tribulations that contribute to use and what can be done to address them.
Individual therapy can also be used to address many difficult situations, like:
- Relationship and family problems
- Compulsive behaviors
- Grief and loss
- Social challenges
- Career struggles
- Interpersonal problems
At Road to Freedom, individual therapy is a very important part of our process. From initial admission, all patients will spend significant time with members of our counseling team, providing a deeply personal way to come to terms with the difficulties you are facing.
History of Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is among the most common options for individuals suffering from mental health issues, with over 59 million Americans seeking assistance from a therapist or counselor. Despite its current prevalence, however, psychotherapy is a relatively new innovation in the world of individual therapy.
The concept of "talk therapy," or therapy based on talking out problems, is quite old, dating back thousands of years to the ancient Greeks, but the common psychological principles taught in schools and employed by mental health professionals are innovations of the past century.
While the basis of modern psychotherapy was proposed by famed neurologist Sigmund Freud, the term "psycho-therapeia" was conceived in 1853 by British surgeon and writer Walter Cooper Dendy. Freud introduced his own concepts around the turn of the twentieth century, with additional methods and theories proposed several years later by Alfred Adler and Carl Jung. Psychotherapeutic training gained traction in the mid-1900s, with numerous new models devised by esteemed professionals in the psychological field like Dr. Aaron T. Beck and Marsha M. Linehan.
This rapid succession of ideas strongly contributed to the legitimacy of the current therapeutic approach. By the 1960s, doctors had developed over 60 variations on the original tenets, many of which are still in use today. Used by psychologists and psychiatrists around the world, psychotherapy remains a mainstay for countless mental and behavioral challenges. Several of these tactics are employed throughout Road to Freedom, ensuring each patient receives proper care.
Kinds of Psychotherapy
While psychotherapy is often used in conversation as a form of treatment, it actually refers to a whole field of therapy that can be applied in many different ways. As a part of your treatment, you will have the opportunity to work with your therapist to determine the right course of action for the characteristics that define your addiction.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
One of the most popular tactics in treating addiction, cognitive behavioral therapy, also known as CBT, is a form of hands-on psychotherapy that works to change patterns of thoughts and actions. It functions by addressing cognitive processes, like thoughts, images, beliefs, and attitudes, to ultimately alter behavior. CBT is often short-term, making it a good fit for addiction treatment in an inpatient rehabilitation program.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical behavior therapy, or DBT, is a variation of CBT that puts emphasis on the psychosocial aspects of mental health treatment. DBT utilizes a blend of two opposite concepts in therapy – change and acceptance – to modify the extreme responses that can drive behavior. This form of treatment is best suited to high-risk patients and thus can be very effective for certain addictions.
Interpersonal therapy is an attachment-focused form of psychotherapy that centers on resolving issues in interpersonal relationships. Unlike other forms of psychotherapy, it is very rigid and extremely structured with a general timeline of 12 to 16 weeks. For those who turned to substance abuse due to relationship challenges, interpersonal therapy can help address the challenges that lead to abuse.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a form of treatment that targets the unconscious content of the psyche. This concept centers around the idea that a connection exists between intrapsychic and unconscious conflicts. By resolving the deep or hidden events that can manifest in abusive manners, behavior can be changed for the better.
Road to Freedom recognizes the distinct difficulties our patients face, ensuring that each and every participant in our programs receives the most appropriate care possible.
Individual vs. Group Therapy
Group therapy and individual therapy are used heavily in Road to Freedom programs, providing two independent avenues to recovery that offer their own distinct pros and cons.
Individual therapy is private and personal, providing a safe space for discussion on a wide range of sensitive topics. This can be very beneficial for patients who do not feel comfortable disclosing the depths of their issues or fears with others. Individual therapy tends to be specific to a patient's unique needs, working to address specific factors of addiction, like troubles at home, stress at work, or relationship issues. Treatment plans are often very flexible, changing as patients show progress in recovery.
Group therapy, on the other hand, involves meetings in large settings with peers in recovery. These individuals can be addicts of the same substances or other addictions entirely, creating a diverse pool of experiences and habits. Group therapy sessions offer a support system for patients, providing life lessons, tips, and advice from others on the same path. Unlike individual sessions that are often customized to an individual's needs, group therapy focuses on collective best interests, covering topics most likely to apply to as many participants as possible.
Individual Counseling at Road to Freedom
"Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety" - Proverbs 11:14
Every patient in the Road to Freedom program is assigned a Licensed Therapist who is a follower of Jesus Christ. As the patient expresses his or her faith in therapy, the therapists in the Road to Freedom program are uniquely prepared to support the these beliefs and the role that faith plays in recovery. Additionally, the patient has a team of full-time pastors available for personal pastoral counseling and discipleship, providing a customized approach to care that helps our community members thrive.
In addition to individual counseling, we are pleased to offer access to numerous complementary programs, boasting comprehensive treatment that can meet your unique needs. Our therapeutic methods include:
- Safe, medically-supervised drug and alcohol detoxification
- Pastoral counseling
- Group addiction counseling
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Adolescent program
- Biblically-based 12 Step meetings
- Family workshops:
- Court Liaison Program
- Chronic pain management
- Holistic therapies
- Relapse prevention
- Inpatient Treatment
- Outpatient treatment
- Aftercare services
If you are ready to take a new journey in your life, we are here. Road to Freedom is dedicated to offering the resources you need to get clean and stay clean, providing support that lifts you up to the Lord. Instead of simply targeting the surface problems, our programs are designed to dig deep, helping you address addiction at the cause in order to provide a personalized strategy for abstinence. With a balance of medical professionals and worship leaders, we can help you achieve sobriety, regain your faith, and deepen your relationship with God.
Coming to terms with addiction will be one of the greatest challenges in your life, forcing you to truly examine your actions, their meanings, and the path that lies ahead. You may have struggled with this realization for some time, or you may have known the reality of your situation but were too afraid to admit it. No matter the reason, now is the time to seek appropriate assistance. Please contact Road to Freedom today to speak with a member of our intake team. All consultations are fully confidential. Call Today (844) 402-3605.