Should I Get a Therapist after Treatment?

For many of those who are enrolling in a substance abuse treatment program for the first time, this will also be your first encounter with a licensed therapist. All reputable addiction treatment programs include one on one sessions with a therapist for clients, giving you an opportunity to identify and begin working through any repressed emotional or psychological trauma which led to your developing a substance abuse disorder. However, most inpatient residential treatment programs are under time constraints. Most everyone can benefit from extended work with a therapist, but for some enlisting the help of a professional after treatment is important for their success in sobriety.

Our lives are as unique and varied as the DNA which determines who we are, and some experience more traumatic events than others. For those who have had an especially damaging childhood and adolescence, the limited time you are able to spend with a therapist in residential substance abuse treatment will likely be insufficient to address and process all of the repressed memories and trauma you are carrying. This psychological damage is best healed with professional assistance, so it would be best if you are able to enlist the help of a therapist after completing inpatient treatment in order to continue the work started there. This will further secure your efforts at sobriety, helping you move forward in your recovery without the emotional baggage of your past.

Our life in sobriety can be just as painful and psychologically damaging as our lives in active addiction, as tragedies strike whether a person is sober or actively using. The loss of a loved one or the termination of a beloved career can send us into a mental and emotional tailspin from which we could use assistance recovering. Of course, your sponsor and sober supports are an excellent resource to aid in your processing such events, but the addition of a licensed therapist to this support network would do no harm and could prove critical when it comes to your ability to grieve in a healthy fashion and move past the loss. Should you encounter such a painful loss early in your sobriety, you would be wise to seek the help of a professional therapist in order to guard against the possibility of relapse.

It is said that everyone on earth can benefit from a few sessions with a therapist. This is especially true for those recovering from a substance abuse disorder, a mental illness formed as a result of psychological and emotional imbalance. Removing the behavior of substance abuse does not address these underlying causes of addiction, and while the work you do with a therapist in residential treatment is an excellent start, there are some who require more time with a professional in order to work through the trauma of their past. There is no downside to therapy, it only requires honesty and a time commitment on your part. The benefits offered by therapy far outweigh the cost, and enlisting the help of a licensed therapist after completing treatment could prove key to your success in sobriety!


Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.

Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or visit