Individual therapy focuses on the pressing problems caused by clients’ substance abuse and their efforts to remain abstinent. In individual therapy sessions, clients often dig deeper into the work done in group therapy, allowing them to spend more time on individual issues. Some individuals don’t feel comfortable talking in a group setting so individual therapy gives them the space to talk about more personal matters.
Individual therapy sessions are part of most IOPs and will usually be scheduled on at least a weekly basis, if not more often, especially early in treatment. Each client is assigned a therapist who will endeavor to establish a close, honest relationship based on mutual trust and commitment to recovery.