There are benefits to both individual and group counseling, and often a combination of both will yield the best results.
Substance Abuse Counseling for Individuals
The advantages of individual substance abuse counseling are numerous. If privacy is a concern, individual substance abuse counseling allows the client to share his or her story only with their professional counselor. Individual counseling also allows for the development of a therapeutic relationship with the counselor, allowing for closer examination of the issues that result in substance abuse or addiction. Additionally, we can meet at times that are more convenient to your schedule vs. meeting with a group at a set time.
Group Substance Abuse Counseling
While there are benefits to individual substance abuse counseling, some people do better in a group setting. Group counseling is less expensive than individual counseling. Meeting others with similar problems can have a very therapeutic effect on a client when he or she learns that they are not alone. Listening to others talk about how they cope with their addiction and recovery can help an addicted person try other approaches. Group substance abuse counseling provides support and encouragement from others. It also holds the person suffering from substance abuse or addiction accountable by agreeing to meet the other members of the group on a regular basis, and committing to stop abusing illicit substances. In a group setting, individuals suffering from addiction learn to recognize their problem with substance abuse, how to identify what causes them to use, and how to deal with everyday stressors without using mind and mood altering substances. Additionally, they learn to recognize the triggers that can cause them to use and how to prevent a relapse, benefiting from each other’s experience.