Psychotherapy in a one-on-one, comfortable, safe space is really the crux of any successful drug and alcohol treatment program. The abuse of and eventual dependency on drugs and alcohol is merely a mechanism to cope with physical, mental, or emotional pain. In order to find the cure for your drug or alcohol dependency, you must find the underlying causes of your behaviors. In psychotherapy sessions at Passages Malibu and Passages Ventura, our therapists are experts at helping clients uncover the reasons why they are self-medicating. An individual, who has experienced abuse, is suffering from depression, mental illness, is going through a divorce, suffering from an undiagnosed physical ailment, childhood trauma, family problems, a chemical imbalance, etc., is much more likely to begin using drugs or alcohol as a way to numb their pain, which eventually leads to a dependency on their substance of choice. Essentially, once you and your therapist find and have worked through the cause of your pain, the need to use drugs and alcohol to numb the pain will subside. If you only focus on the addiction itself and not on the underlying problems, then relapse is very likely. Many individuals dealing with addictions as a result of deep, traumatic events do not feel comfortable sharing with a large group. One-on-one therapy at Passages is much more helpful in uncovering what is driving you to use drugs and alcohol in the first place.