Addiction Counseling to Help you have a Brighter Future
Addiction counselors are dedicated to helping individuals overcome their addiction to alcohol and drugs. Life can be difficult and there can be underlying issues that cause them to be more likely to use again in the future. The goal of any such counselor is to give them better tools and techniques to cope and to work through those issues so the use of alcohol or drugs is no longer what they turn to.
In order for effective counseling to take place, an assessment must be done for each individual. This is to take a look at their behaviors in a wide realm of areas including:
- Emotional behaviors
- Mental behaviors
- Physical behaviors
- Social behaviors
This is a very important first step towards customizing a treatment plan to help the individual. Each treatment place needs to be personalized with realistic goals and steps to help the individual achieve those goals. There are many benefits with addiction counseling due to the services they offer. These services include:
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
- 12 step program
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Our facility offers each patient seeking alcohol or drug treatment their own counselor. This is the individual they will work closely with to develop and execute their customized treatment plan. There can be many elements that all under this umbrella including support systems, family and friends, and a plan for after they have completed the program. Each counselor is certified to offer the highest level of addiction counseling services possible.
It may surprise you to discovery many of these addiction counselors have been through the same type of program or they have family members who have. They fully understand what you are going through and the value the 12 step program can deliver. They are caring, compassionate, and they can use those personal experiences to help each patient feel safe.
Individual therapy is very beneficial for the recovery process. It allows the patient to create a strong relationship with their counselor. It is important to have healthy relationship with boundaries in place. This process can also help a patient to establish trust. Talking to someone face to face, knowing it is all kept confidential, is important.
The goal of one on one counseling is to identify the underlying issues that are contributing to the alcohol or drug use as a trigger. In many instances, there is dual diagnosis made. For example, a person may have a mental health disorder such as depression that hasn’t been addressed yet. This can be a trigger for the addiction and the alcohol or drugs may be used as a means of self medicating. The addiction counselor is going to include treatment for all concerns in the overall plan of action.
Our facility also offers group counseling as it can be beneficial to talk to a group of your peers who are going through similar issues. Their alcohol or drug issues may be similar to your own, and you can feel you aren’t alone as you work through those concerns and issues. There can be a great deal of learning and healing through listening and sharing with others who are also in treatment.
Since the addiction generally means a person is isolated, group counseling is also means of integrating back into society. You may feel alone, but the others in the group will be there to offer support and to share that they are going through similar things at the same time you are. We offer small groups so you don’t get overwhelmed. Such groups are often targeted on specific topics such as grief, detox, and even art and music.
12 Step Program
We strongly believe the 12 step program can offer solutions to alcohol and drug abuse. We teach those core concepts as a foundation for your recovery. It is our hope that you will carry those 12 steps with you so you continue to get the ongoing treatment and support you need. Doing so will significantly reduce the risk of a relapse happening. While we do want you to stop using drugs or alcohol, our goal is to also make sure you have the tools and means to continue to a healthy lifestyle and not return to using them.
It does take time to change behaviors, and there will be challenges along the way. We have many 12 step recovery groups and they take part in sessions several times per week. This allows them to have ongoing support, a place to get information, and for them to be able to work through any triggers that may put them back on a path to use alcohol or drugs. Recovery is possible but it all starts with the decision to make a positive change and working with the very best professionals.