Why is an individualized treatment plan important for treatment?

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Treatment is a journey that not all individuals experience with similar thoughts, feelings, or behaviors.  In order to plan the best course of treatment for an individual, how a person processes thoughts, expresses emotions, or views, recovery needs to be taken into consideration.  In addition, personal histories, family dynamics, and support networks should be considered when designing an individual treatment plan.  These vary according to the individual.

Individualized treatment plans allow the individual to recover in a way that is the best fit for them emotionally, socially, and cognitively.  There may be some overlap in treatment such as attendance at 12-step meetings or group therapy; however, the treatment plan should encompass the unique situation of each person.  This may include individualized therapy plans with a therapist that can address specific psychological or behavioral issues.  

When a person enters treatment, there may be overwhelming feelings associated with shame or guilt and these will need to be addressed on an individual therapeutic basis.  There may be individuals who require a more comprehensive treatment approach in terms of medical evaluations.  Physical issues should be assessed on an individual basis and treated accordingly based on severity of need. Therapists will assess and review the possibility of needing a physician’s intervention to ensure psychological issues do not have a biological component.  Some individuals may need to be treated through pharmacological measures and others may need more intense interventions such as detoxification. These would require physical intervention from a physician.  If an individual has been ordered to complete treatment by the courts, there may be a need to address any corresponding feelings of helplessness, anger, or resentment.  If not addressed, these can lead to an escalation of non-compliant behavior while in treatment.  

These emotional, physical,social, or psychological issues are as individual as the person who enters treatment; therefore, it is not only important but also necessary to develop treatment plans that complement the individual and their unique recovery needs.  The goal of treatment is sustained recovery and learning new ways in which to manage life and corresponding stressors and even though the goal might be the same, how one reaches this goal will vary depending on individual need.


Every person recovers differently. Avalon Malibu provides individualized treatment programs to provide the best possible care for healing mind, body, and spirit. Call us today for a confidential assessment and more information on our residential treatment programs for primary mental health and substance use disorders: (888) 958-7511

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