Addiction counseling helps clients address issues that have fueled drug and alcohol abuse and learn healthier ways to deal with stressors and prevent relapse.
What to Expect in Substance Abuse Counseling
Addiction counseling is targeted to each individual and their specific circumstances and issues, but below is an idea of what this type of counseling entails.
Address Underlying Issues – Issues like co-occurring mental health disorders and trauma can lead to unhealthy coping mechanisms like substance abuse. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, almost one-third of people with a mental disorder and one-half of people with a severe mental disorder also struggle with drug or alcohol addiction. Drug addiction counseling helps clients explore trauma and other challenges in a safe space with the help of specially trained therapists. Addiction counselors also help clients manage mental health symptoms with approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, medication management and education on their symptoms.
Learn Healthy Coping Skills – Substance abuse counseling helps clients identify triggers, unhealthy coping skills and thought processes that contribute to their drug and alcohol abuse. Clients learn how to replace destructive behaviors with new, positive skills. They learn healthy self-talk as well as tools they can use in place of drugs and alcohol such as mindfulness, art therapy, fitness, recovery resources like 12-step meetings and journaling.
Explore Family Roles – Addiction is a complex disease that impacts the entire family. In addiction counseling clients explore family roles and dynamics. They learn how attachment and relational issues may have played a part in their difficulties. Loved ones are encouraged to attend family therapy.
Join a Recovery Community – A network of supportive peers and recovery resources are critical to long-term recovery. Alcohol and drug abuse counseling introduces clients to 12-step support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or 12-step alternatives like SMART Recovery® or Refuge Recovery.
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