July 14, 2006, Newsletter Issue #91: Individual Model

Tip of the Week

While addictions and recovery follow broad basic patterns, the underlying issues in each person's addiction are different. Programs that offer a strong component of individual therapy can be beneficial and possibly necessary to prepare some patients for long-term recovery.

It's important in the individual model to address the underlying issues of a person's addictive behavior, and focus on ways to properly treat the addiction. With the help of expert therapists, an individual being treated can hone in on the thoughts and feelings that are associated with addiction, and devise strategies and coping mechanisms to work through future challenges outside of therapy.
Such a model may be particularly valuable for those who have tried standard drug treatments, only to relapse.

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