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Individual Treatment Therapy at Centres for Health and Healing

Individualised treatment is an essential part of addiction and mental health recovery.

Most rehabilitation centres offer individualised treatment programs to clients wanting to overcome various addictions and mental health issues, including:

Individualised treatment involves creating a personalised treatment plan that addresses a person’s needs, requirements, and treatment goals rather than adopting a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.

What is individualised treatment, and what does it involve?

An individualised treatment plan considers all the components that need to be unpacked and worked through for lasting recovery.

Since there is no single cause for addiction, likewise, there is no one thing that treats the condition.

Addiction is a complicated disease

Addiction is a profoundly complicated disease. Therefore, treatment involves various approaches and therapeutic modalities to help people overcome addiction and achieve lasting sobriety.

Individualised treatment is tailored to suit each client’s individual needs and circumstances. Ultimately, each person’s experience with addiction will be different. 

Therefore, how people respond to treatment will vary, depending on the type of substance used, the severity of addiction, and other factors.

What treatments are used in individualised therapy?

Various treatments are used in individualised therapy. 

However, typically, the most common approaches used in individualised treatment include the following:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Addiction treatment
  • Talk therapy

Let’s explore these treatments in more detail.

Cognitive behavioural therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talk therapy used to treat various addictions and mental health disorders.

CBT is one of the most effective talking therapies since it helps individuals to explore and address maladjusted thoughts and behavioural patterns that can lead to destructive behaviours, such as substance abuse.

This treatment allows patients to identify and change negative thoughts and behavioural patterns that may have contributed to their addiction.

CBT teaches people healthy coping strategies by helping them identify and avoid their addiction triggers while managing any urges or cravings to use a substance.

Therapy aims to prevent future relapse by teaching individuals healthier coping skills and decision-making, allowing them more control and fulfillment over their lives.

Addiction treatment

Addiction treatment involves various therapeutic approaches, including the following:

Depending on the severity of your substance use and other factors, such as background, family history, and other mental health disorders, addiction treatment may vary but typically includes a combination of the above treatments.

Talk therapy

Talk therapy, also known as psychotherapy, involves an individual attending sessions with a licensed therapist to discuss their experiences and issues.

People typically enlist in talk therapy to work through previous traumas and psychological conditions that may be life-limiting. A psychotherapist can diagnose, treat, and evaluate clients based on various assessments and measures.

What does talk therapy involve?

Talk therapy involves discussing and exploring the underlying causes of addiction and other mental health issues.

The goal of therapy is to help clients understand how past trauma and other adverse experiences might be contributing to their substance use, allowing them to recognise how their choices affect them and their loved ones.

Psychotherapy uses various approaches to treating addiction and mental health disorders, including:

  • Group therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Holistic therapies such as mindfulness and meditation
  • Family support
  • Medication-assisted programs

As well as counselling and behavioural therapies, the above treatments are typically incorporated into an individualised treatment plan; these therapies are designed to treat addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders effectively.

Let’s explore these treatments in more detail.

Group therapy

Group therapy is a highly effective form of psychotherapy where one or more trained therapists work with several clients simultaneously.

This treatment provides a safe, supportive environment where individuals can openly discuss issues and concerns with people who understand and share similar experiences.

Group therapy treatment

Group therapy sessions typically involve 5-12 participants. This type of treatment is used for treating a wide range of mental health issues, including:

  • Substance use
  • Trauma
  • Eating disorders
  • Behavioural addictions, such as gambling, video gaming, and sex addiction
  • Relapse prevention
  • Family and relationship issues

Group therapy can be used as a single treatment.

However, it is more common for group therapy to be integrated into broader treatment programs such as one-to-one counselling, medication, and other types of treatment.

Centres for Health and Healing provide comprehensive group therapy for those needing help with an addiction or other mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression.

Contact us to learn more about our group therapy program.

Individual therapy

Each person’s unique needs and circumstances are integral to developing an effective individualised therapy program.

Individual therapy is essential to individualised treatment since it provides a more bespoke, personalised approach for people in addiction and mental health recovery.

Unlike group therapy, those in individual therapy can speak to a therapist on a one-to-one basis, meaning that clients can openly discuss their addiction issues and mental health concerns in a private setting.

Combining treatments

Studies show that combining treatments is the most effective approach to treating addiction and mental health disorders. Thus individualised treatment programs are highly recommended for these client groups.

For instance, research shows that group therapy is most effective when combined with individual treatment.

This treatment model allows patients to get the benefits of one-to-one counselling with a therapist and the opportunity to share their experiences and concerns with those who understand in group therapy settings.

Holistic therapies

Holistic therapies such as mindfulness and meditation are proven effective treatments for mental health conditions and various types of addiction.

Mindfulness therapy helps you slow down and notice how your thoughts and emotions fuel your behaviour and decisions.

When practised regularly, mindfulness can help you observe how you might get caught up in rumination, distraction, and resistance in your daily life.

In our experience, chronic stress and negative thinking patterns can influence excessive drinking, illicit drug-taking, and other addictive habits to numb or forget unpleasant feelings and emotions.

Regular mindfulness practice can bring you into the present moment, allowing you to focus on your immediate surroundings rather than past issues over which you have no control.

The benefits of mindfulness practice on physical and mental health

Mindfulness therapy is recommended as a treatment to help individuals manage various physical and mental health conditions, including the following:

  • Substance use disorders and other addictions
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Sleep disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Chronic pain
  • Stress

Family support

Research shows those in recovery from addiction experience better health outcomes when family and close relatives are involved in treatment.

Family therapy is a group therapy designed to help family members better support their loved ones and develop their understanding of addiction.

Family support programs are facilitated by a family therapist and can be used as a primary treatment or as part of an individualised treatment program.

Contact our specialist team to learn more about our family support program.

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) treats various addictions and substance use disorders to help sustain lasting recovery and prevent individuals from overdosing.

MAT involves specific medications and behavioural therapies to provide a ‘whole-patient’ approach to substance use and addiction treatment.

Medication-assisted treatment is primarily used for treating opioid use disorder and alcohol addiction.

Medication-assisted treatment at Centres for Health and Healing

Centres for Health and Healing provide effective medication-assisted treatment to help people overcome opioid use disorder and other mental health conditions such as treatment-resistant depression.

Our medication-assisted treatment program include:

  • Sublocade treatment – is a controlled substance that contains the partial opioid agonist buprenorphine. Sublocade is administered through a monthly injection and is an effective treatment for opioid use disorder. This treatment can prevent opioid withdrawal while helping to eliminate drug cravings.

Sublocade treatment

Unlike addiction treatment in a rehab facility, Sublocade provides those in recovery from opioid use disorder with a flexible treatment plan, allowing patients to continue with their daily responsibilities, such as family, work, and childcare.

Sublocade medication-assisted treatment provides you with the flexibility and stability to remain present in your daily life and the things that matter most while getting help for opioid use disorder.

The goal of individualised treatment

Ultimately, individualised treatment aims to provide a holistic, comprehensive approach to mental health and addiction recovery.

This involves addressing all the parts that fuel a person’s addiction and the underlying mental health conditions that frequently co-occur with substance use disorder, such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorders, to name just a few.

Individualised therapy incorporates a holistic approach to addiction and mental health treatment by addressing each person’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.

What are the benefits of an individualised treatment program?

For those needing treatment for substance use disorder or a mental health condition (or both), it would help if you understood the benefits of an individualised treatment program and what they can offer.

We understand how challenging it can be to take the first steps to recovery, and committing to treatment may initially seem daunting to many. 

However, those first steps are vital to getting the help and support you need to overcome addiction and live a happier, healthier, substance-free life.

Once you begin the recovery process, you will start experiencing some of the benefits of individualised treatment, including:

  • Learning to manage the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of substance use disorder
  • Accessing treatment that is suitable for your individual needs, circumstances, and recovery goals
  • Understanding the underlying causes of addiction and identifying addiction triggers 
  • Having access to multiple therapy options which can be tailored to accommodate each person’s needs and preferences
  • Building healthy social connections around sobriety and recovery rather than substance abuse

Recovery from substance use disorder doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, it requires much time and commitment to experience the benefits of addiction treatment.

However, understanding the benefits of an individualised treatment program can help you make an informed decision about your recovery and how you would like to move forward.

How individualised treatment plans are developed

Treatment plans can be a helpful way to prepare individuals for the different phases of recovery, and so does understanding what each stage involves.

To help you understand how individualised treatment programs work, we have outlined the various phases of treatment and what they involve below.

Treatment plans will vary depending on the individual, the type of substance used, the severity of addiction, and other factors. However, each phase of treatment must address issues involving co-occurring disorders, withdrawal, physical and mental health, and aftercare support.

Each person will have different needs and challenges, influencing the type of treatment they receive. But broadly, the variety of treatments included in an individualised treatment plan involves: 

  • Addressing physical health issues and concerns – people with substance use disorders often neglect their physical health or are unaware of health issues due to substance use. Your treatment provider will conduct a series of tests and examinations to rule out any physical conditions that may affect recovery and, if necessary, include specific treatments in your recovery plan.
  • Medication treatment – medication therapy is an integral part of addiction treatment since it helps people understand the various ways that substance use disorder has impacted their life; specific medications can also help manage withdrawal symptoms during treatment.
  • Addressing mental health issues – behavioural therapies and counselling is essential to substance use disorder recovery – studies show a strong correlation between some mental health conditions and substance addiction, particularly trauma, and those with adverse childhood experiences. Therefore, treating co-occurring disorders such as trauma, depression, and anxiety is vital to addiction recovery
  • Family support – involves getting family members included in an individual’s treatment plan. In our experience, family support is an essential component of addiction recovery, where people can feel seen, heard, and supported by those they love most. Families that are consistently present throughout treatment have the opportunity to develop their advocacy and support skills, which they can utilise during and after a loved one’s treatment.

Aftercare and support 

In our experience, recovery is not a single action but a continuous sequence of choices and actions made throughout a recovering individual’s life.

Aftercare support programs are a vital part of treatment, whether you are recovering from a drug or alcohol use disorder, behavioural addiction, or other mental health condition.

Maintaining sobriety can be challenging, particularly in the early stages of treatment. 

However, as you form new, healthier habits, patterns, and relationships, maintaining sobriety eventually becomes more manageable.

Aftercare and support programs consist of a personalised plan suited to each individual’s specific needs, requirements, and circumstances. Aftercare programs offer high levels of support to those in recovery, helping them navigate their lives after treatment.

Like a hospital discharge plan, aftercare support programs offer continuous support and treatment after you leave rehab. This may include activities, interventions, and any additional support you may need to cope once you have completed residential or inpatient treatment.

Aftercare and support at Centres for Health and Healing

At Centres for Health and Healing, we understand how challenging the addiction recovery process can be; therefore, we believe every individual deserves a great deal of acknowledgement for completing treatment with us.

However, we also know this is just the start of your recovery journey. 

Therefore, we provide continuous treatment and support to each person after they leave our recovery facility. 

Personalised aftercare programs like ours are essential to successful treatment and can help you maintain lasting sobriety after leaving rehabilitation.

Centres for Health and Healing provide 12 months of aftercare support services with all our treatment programs based on your individual needs, treatment goals, and requirements. 

Our aftercare support programs can help you stay on track with your recovery, allowing you to be part of a sober community.

Experiencing a sense of belonging and community is essential to effective addiction recovery. 

It can help you create lifelong, meaningful connections and a renewed sense of purpose, helping you transition back to everyday life and maintain lasting sobriety with the support of people who love and care about you.

Addiction and mental health treatment in Ontario, Canada

Centres for Health and Healing offer personalised treatment programs for various substance use disorders, behavioural addictions, and mental health conditions at our recovery centre in Ontario, Canada. 

Our treatments include medication-assisted treatment, behavioural therapies, medical detox, group support, and family therapy (and more) to help you overcome your addiction and move toward lasting sobriety and wellness.

If you or someone you know are struggling with substance use or another mental health issue, in that case, an individualised treatment program can help address all the essential components needed for effective recovery.

To learn more about our individualised treatment program, contact us at our recovery centre in Ontario for further support and information.

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