Individual Counseling in Drug Rehab Therapy

Drug rehab centers report high rates of success through individualized counseling services for addiction treatment. This is because trained counselors take time to meet with the individual to ensure that their specific needs are being addressed. The following 6 steps show how the process works:

Step 1: Collecting Information

This happens during the first appointment. A professional counselor meets with the patient and gathers details about their individual situation and behavior based on which treatment recommendation will be generated. Examples of details that will be discussed at this stage could include:

  • Patient’s history with the problem
  • Length or duration of the substance abuse problem
  • How they tried to cope with the issue
  • Their motivation for seeking help, their expectations and goals

Step 2: Assessment

During the stage of assessment, the counselor seeks information related to:

  1. The nature symptoms and their severity
  2. The possible root cause of the symptoms
  3. The patient’s readiness for individual counseling
  4. The compatibility of the counselor and the participant for productive therapeutic counseling.

Step 3: Feedback

During this step, the patient will receive information from the counselor to help decide together how the individual’s goals can be targeted efficiently.


This helps the counselor to identify specific strengths and motivations that will help resolve issues and weaknesses

At this stage, the therapists involved in the treatment will be available to answer any questions creating an open dialogue. They will also make recommendations for any additional treatments. These could be family counseling, anger management, or life skills coaching


Step 4: Counselling Agreement

The formal agreement between the counselor and the participant will include:

  • Practical issues such as length of sessions, number of sessions, and what will be addressed in sessions
  • What the counselor and individual expectations of one another during the counseling process
  • Therapy goals that allow for a concrete process rather than a vague idea of “the helping process
  • The breaking down of large problems and possible solutions into small pieces so that the client can meet them one step at a time

Step 5: Changing Behaviour

This is the main part of the counseling where the patient and the counselor will work together to address issues and meet the goals agreed in the previous steps. The counselor will continually evaluate the effectiveness of the sessions and make adjustments as needed.

Step 6: Termination or conclusion

Termination is a phase where the counselor prepares the patient towards a discharge and aftercare plan. This is to ensure that even after the intense phase of treatment and individual counseling sessions come to an end, the recovering addict will be able to stay sober and keep working toward their goals on their own.


This is also a stage where the entire clinical team will take stock of the progress achieved and the next steps to ensure all the resources are available to the patient even after they are discharged.

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