5 Benefits of Seeing a Therapist

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Most substance abuse recovery treatment plans include an individual therapy program. Therapy is a vital part of the recovery process because it helps individuals understand the root causes of their addiction and develop healthy coping mechanisms.

Southern Sky offers individual therapy sessions as part of our comprehensive treatment programs. Our experienced and compassionate therapists work with patients to help them overcome their addictions and develop a foundation for lasting recovery. If you want support for substance misuse, reach out to Southern Sky today at 843.350.5769.

Why Therapy?

Therapy can help anyone but especially people in recovery from substance abuse. It can provide support and guidance as individuals navigate early sobriety and develop healthy coping mechanisms. Therapy helps people understand why they turned to substances in the first place. When one understands the root of the issue, one can develop healthy coping mechanisms to deal with stressful situations in the future. Without the professional guidance of a therapist, it can be easy to slip back into old patterns of behavior.

5 Benefits of Seeing a Therapist During Recovery

There are many benefits of seeing a therapist while in addiction recovery. Here are five key ways individual therapy can help:

1. A Safe Space

In therapy, your discussions are kept private and confidential. You’ll be able to discuss sensitive topics in a safe and welcoming environment. This is incredibly important because addiction often comes with a lot of shame and stigma. You will be able to discuss your addiction openly and honestly without judgment. Your therapist will provide impartial support and feedback. They can offer a different perspective on situations and help you see things in a new light.

2. Communication Skills

You and your therapist will work on improving communication. One common technique is assertiveness training, where you learn to express your needs confidently while being aware of the needs of others. Another technique is active listening, which involves listening closely, carefully, and respectfully to other people.

3. Coping Methods

Learning problem-solving skills is another benefit of therapy. You’ll discover how to deal effectively with stressful situations without turning to drugs or alcohol. You might learn:

  • Mindfulness and acceptance techniques
  • Self-soothing, calming, and grounding techniques
  • Anger management
  • Stress management
  • Replacement scripts for negative thought patterns.

4. Relationship Building

Relationships with friends, family, and romantic partners are not always easy. Whether healing from unhealthy past relationships or struggling to overcome current stressful dynamics, one-on-one therapy can help.  In treatment, you’ll learn how to:

  • Set boundaries
  • Communicate effectively
  • Resolve conflicts in a healthy way

5. Stop Intrusive Thoughts

Therapists can identify when your thoughts are negative, harmful, or inaccurate and help you work through them. They can also teach you how to manage and reframe intrusive thoughts.

By changing the way you think, you can often make a change in the way you act. You can abandon self-destructive habits that might harm your sobriety and overall health.

Therapy options

Individual and group therapy can also be specialized to your needs. For example, it can be:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Anger management
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dual diagnosis treatment
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)

Consulting with a professional can help you determine the type of therapy best for you.

Find Therapy at Southern Sky Recovery

Whatever form of therapy you need, Southern Sky is here to help. Our staff is highly trained and experienced in addiction recovery. We offer a full continuum of care, which means we can provide you with the resources and support you need at every stage of your recovery journey. Contact us at 843.350.5769 to learn more about how we can help you achieve your therapy and recovery goals.

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