What Are 3 Types of Therapy You Might Encounter in Drug Rehab Counseling?

A lot of people have misconceptions about what happens during treatment in a rehab center. If someone hasn’t been through the treatment process, it makes sense they could have misconceptions.

The truth is a lot of things are happening in rehab all the time. When addiction treatment professionals are responsible for helping people recover from serious addiction issues, they take that responsibility seriously. There are a lot of moving pieces that keep moving to make sure clients are getting the help they need.

In a residential (inpatient) treatment environment, there are three types of therapy that any given client might encounter. Each type of therapy serves a very specific purpose. Sometimes, a client might get exposure to all three types during one stint in rehab.

Given the importance of therapy to the entire treatment process, we are going to move forward and discuss each type of therapy in more detail.

What Are 3 Types of Therapy You Might Encounter in Drug Rehab Counseling?

When a client first enters rehab, they will go through an intake interview with one of the facility’s administrators. The intake administrator is responsible for gathering information about each new client’s addiction and circumstances. The administrator will use this information to create a specific treatment plan for each client.

A big part of every treatment plan is going to include the therapy options the administrator feels will best help a particular client. Here are the three types of therapy you might encounter during your stay in rehab:

  • Individual Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Family Therapy

Let’s look at these therapies in more depth.

Individual Therpy

Individual therapy stands as the “meat and potatoes” of the addiction treatment process. This is the part of treatment where the addiction sufferer gets the opportunity to take a realistic look at their addiction issues. You can consider it to be a “journey of self-discovery.”

When you entered rehab, you came in with a story. Within that story is important information about the root causes of your addiction issues. While some people in the addiction treatment community might disagree, knowing the root causes of your addiction is important. Why? You need to know what problems you need to work on during treatment. Otherwise, you and your therapist will miss something that is likely to cause you to relapse in the future.

During individual therapy, you have a responsibility to be open and honest with your therapist about everything. You can’t afford to hide anything because the thing you hide will inevitably trip you up when you least expect it to happen.

Group Therpy

The value of individual therapy is immeasurable. The same thing could be said about group therapy. In a group setting, you will get a chance to interact with people who are going through the same process as you. Everyone in the room has an addiction issue. Everyone in the room can bring therapeutic value to everyone else by sharing their story. This process helps clients understand they are not alone in their struggles.

In the best of circumstances, the work you do in group therapy could benefit you in the future. How? Every person you interact with has the potential of being a support resource outside of rehab.

Family Therapy

It’s unfortunate, but addiction issues tend to tear families apart. The addiction sufferer ends up being the source of mistrust and anger, which leads to fragile relationships among family members. Experts refer to this as collateral damage.

No matter how bad relationships have been fractured, your family is your family. No one will ever care for you more than they will. Family therapy interjects family members into the addiction treatment process. For their part, your family gets a chance to learn about your addiction and how they can support you during treatment and recovery.

For your part, you get a chance to mend fences and tear down walls. When you get that chance, you will want to take it. You can never have too much support as you try to navigate life in recovery.

No matter what you need from therapy, we have you covered. Your job is to reach out your hand and ask us to help you cope with your addiction issues. When you do reach out your hand, we will be there to grab it. When you are ready to start treatment, you can call us at 888-534-1951. Every journey starts with a single step.