Benefits of One-on-One Counseling in Aftercare

Benefits of One-on-One Counseling in AftercareIf someone you love has recently attended a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program, chances are that the person received a great deal of counseling, both individualized and group counseling. After all, this is one of the main things that the National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends for effective treatment.

Hopefully, your loved one also received counseling and general treatment that was geared toward treating him or her as a whole person and on treating the underlying issues involved in the addiction instead of just the addiction itself. Because this type of counseling works so very well while the person is in a treatment program, it makes sense that the individual should continue attending counseling sessions after treatment is complete. It’s important to note that a drug rehab is just the first step in a lifelong battle against addiction, and in order to fight that battle successfully for the long-term, former addicts need aftercare therapy and support to maintain their progress.

Treatment Isn’t Over After Rehab

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse recently released a report that dealt, in part, with the effectiveness of modern drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. While the study produced mixed results on how effective rehabilitation centers were, many of the professionals involved reiterated time and time again that long-term care, including counseling, was necessary for a successful recovery from substance abuse or addiction.

In a New York Times article detailing the study, Dr. Mark Willengbring, who was once the director of treatment and recovery research at the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, was quoted as saying that, “People with a chronic form of addiction need multimodal treatment that is individualized and offered continuously or intermittently for as long as they need it.”

Likewise, in the same article, Anne M. Fletcher, the author of a book called Inside Rehab, stated that addicts and substance abusers often need care for months or years after rehab and that “the short-term fix mentality partially explains why so many people go back to their old habits.”

As the experts know and have known for years, addiction is not something that can be treated overnight. It is something that requires long-term care, and it’s always good if that care comes in the form of individualized or one-on-one counseling.

Why One-On-One Counseling?

While there are many options for continued help after rehab, it’s important that individualized therapy at least plays some kind of role in the treatment process. While groups like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous can provide help and support, and while group therapy may be helpful, individualized therapy is always necessary. One-on-one therapy allows the patient to work closely with the counselor and to have an individualized treatment plan developed specifically to help meet his or her needs. There are many other excellent benefits to one-on-one counseling as well, including:

  • Patients are often able to develop close, personal relationships of mutual respect and trust with their counselors.
  • Patients only have to share with one person, not a whole group.
  • Patients never have to fear being belittled or made fun of for their thoughts or feelings.
  • Patients have the entire counseling session to talk about and work on their own issues.
  • There are no distractions in individualized counseling sessions.
  • The focus and approach of the counseling can be adjusted as needed.

There are many other excellent benefits to individualized counseling, so many in fact that, in most aftercare treatment plans, it is almost always a core part of the program. In addition to one-on-one therapy, sober living homes can provide vital support to those new to recovery. If you’d like more information on sober living, or help finding a program in your area, please contact us today.