Individual Therapy

Why is Individual Therapy Important?


An individual therapy program is a key component of addiction recovery. One-on-one therapy sessions allow you to explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in a safe and judgment-free environment with the help of an addiction counselor.

Addiction is commonly connected to emotional trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), grief and loss, abuse, depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Private therapy sessions let you take a step back from daily life and give you a dedicated space to dive deeper into past experiences and address any underlying mental health conditions.

Benefits of Private Therapy Sessions


There are lots of benefits you can experience with an individual therapy program.

  1. Address unresolved issues – issues of the past tend to resurface if they’re not addressed properly. In therapy, you can get to the root of the issues that are causing you pain and learn useful tools to help you find peace.
  2. Analyze and understand past behaviors – why do we do the things we do? Your upbringing, environment, and past experiences all influence your behavior. You’ll have the chance to understand why you acted the way you did and what steps you can take to change how you react to certain situations.
  3. Uncover addiction triggers – there are often triggers that are related to your substance or alcohol abuse. Recognizing those triggers will help you when it comes time to go back into the world.
  4. Outside opinion – sometimes it isn’t easy to talk to friends and family about thoughts and feelings. A counselor is an objective third-party who is not there to judge you but to help you instead.

Your addiction counselor will provide you with the tools you need to deal with any issues or traumas in a healthy way. You may not notice it right away, but by attending your individualized therapy program on a consistent basis, it can help you get into a routine which will help significantly once you complete the treatment program. Your addiction counselor isn’t just there to help revisit the past. They are also a resource to help you plan for the future.

Therapy Programs Suited for You


Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) combines the use of medications with counseling to effectively treat substance abuse.

In addition to an individual therapy program, we might recommend group therapy to foster a sense of community and let you know you are not alone in your substance abuse recovery. Recovery isn’t meant to be a lonely road and the more support you have, the better.

Another form of treatment that can prove to be beneficial is family therapy. We encourage your family, or family of choice, to participate in your recovery as much as possible. Addiction affects more than just the addict, so family members may also be able to benefit from therapy sessions. The stronger your family is during your treatment, the more likely the chances of your success are for recovery once you leave our treatment program.

DreamLife Recovery is a treatment facility located in Donegal, PA, which sits right outside of Pittsburgh. Comfort and safety are our priority at our facility in Westmoreland County where you will be surrounded by nature. Our experienced addiction counselors will create an individual therapy program that is customized just for you, so you are prepared and ready to leave a healthy, happy, and sober lifestyle.