Other components of treatment involve psychological and social therapies that help the person being treated to understand and manage contributing factors to the addiction. This can be especially helpful for those who have a dual diagnosis, such as addiction that occurs alongside depression or anxiety. In cases of dual diagnosis, all co-occurring issues must be treated simultaneously, so it’s important to have a treatment team that understands all the factors in play.
Research from the journal Psychiatric Services has shown that something as simple as the rapport experienced between a counselor and client can contribute to a higher likelihood of continued recovery after treatment. As a result, individual therapy is essential to effective addiction treatment. While most programs incorporate some forms of group therapy, specific gains are often made in individual therapy.
Educating clients about the mental and emotional contributors to their addiction can help them recognize the triggers that might reignite the addictive cycle. It is also helpful to enable individuals to process the thought patterns that accompany cravings and the relationships that may encourage relapse, so they can develop coping mechanisms to help them work through, or avoid, certain thoughts or circumstances that might cause them to relapse. This can be accomplished through various forms of therapy.