Individual therapy forms a cornerstone of any good addiction treatment program. Though 12-step programs can help you get clean and group therapy offers you the chance to benefit from other addicts' hard-won wisdom, it is only through individual therapy or addiction treatment in Idaho that you can explore the deep recesses of your mind, address the demons that caused you to become an addict, and chart a course to a happier, addiction-free life.
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A popular stereotype argues that individual therapy begins and ends with a therapist goading you to, "Tell me how you feel." While it's important to explore your feelings, therapy is about so much more than this. In therapy, you'll work to understand your emotions, address how life experiences - such as a parent's divorce, the challenges of a breakup, or the pain of a lost job - have led to these feelings, and then explore unhealthy coping mechanisms.
We all adopt coping mechanisms to deal with the pain and stress of life, but over time, these coping skills may stop working. A woman who was raped might obsessively avoid men or dangerous places. In so doing, though, she undermines her ability to get a job and live a normal life. Through therapy, you'll learn which unhealthy coping mechanisms - such as the abuse of drugs and alcohol - inhibit your ability to live the life of your dreams. You'll then devise a plan to eliminate these dangerous patterns.
Numerous approaches to therapy are available, and no two therapists are exactly alike. Some focus on cultivating mindfulness through meditation; others encourage you to gain insights about your family of origin, while still others teach you to control unhealthy thoughts and feelings. No matter where you go for therapy or whom you choose as your therapist, though, therapy is entirely confidential. Unless you are a danger to yourself or to someone else, your therapist can tell no one what you say. Your therapist is also supposed to listen to you without passing judgment, so you should feel safe sharing any and all feelings you experience - no matter how painful or uncomfortable they might be to share.
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Over the past century or so, therapists have devised dozens of methods for coping with psychological distress. Some have fallen into and out of favor; others become trendy for a while, only to eventually be discredited. Some of the most popular - and most effective - therapeutic methods currently in use include:
Some forms of therapy are dangerous and have been discredited. If a therapist practices any of these approaches, it's time to find someone else.
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Choosing the right therapist is key for the success of therapy, since research suggests that your relationship with your therapist is the single most significant predictor of success in therapy. Take your time when choosing a therapist, and if you don't feel comfortable, be sure to speak up. Some questions that can help you determine if the person you've chosen is right for you include: