Addiction Counselors

In order to become clean and sober, you must develop a recovery plan. There are a variety of treatment options available.

Getting Therapy For Addiction

Drug and alcohol addiction is a powerful and crippling disease. When an addict accepts the fact that they can’t manage their addiction on their own, it’s time to seek help from a professional addiction counselor.

Addiction counselors play an important part in the recovery process. They are able to provide you with the support you need by helping you create an individualized plan for recovery and after-care. Counselors are able to provide you with the various types of therapy necessary that will benefit you the most and allow you to remain clean and sober.

What Role Does An Addiction Counselor Play?

Inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities use addiction counseling to provide individuals with the support they need to overcome their addiction. An addiction counselor plays an important role in helping you. They will help you determine what caused you to being using drugs and alcohol, identify potential triggers for relapse, and help you develop a long-term plan to maintain sobriety.

The role of an addiction counselor is to:

  • give unbiased emotional support for individuals going through a treatment program.
  • lead one-on-one therapy sessions to get to the base of your addiction.
  • administer periodic drug tests.
  • develop and implement a specialized treatment plan based on your individual needs.
  • assist you in creating an aftercare program based on availability in your area.
  • facilitate group therapy sessions that can involve family members and other patients in the treatment center.

Family dynamics plays an important part in your addiction. During the group therapy sessions dysfunctions can be identified and you can understand how unhealthy relationships can create or feed into addictive behaviors.

What Makes a Good Addiction Counselor?

The most important quality for an addiction counselor is their desire and commitment to help their patients achieve and maintain sobriety. During your individual sessions, a foundation of mutual trust is an important part of a successful outcome. Therefore, an addiction counselor should have compassion for patient. In order to do this, the counselor must be able to listen without bias so that a specific plan can be develop for you.

“I contribute hard work, and my friends at AA for helping me stay sober. I’m still in contact with my counselor at the Greenhouse, my rehab. I love talking to other recovering addicts.” – Janis J, recovering addict

A good counselor will create a safe environment for you to be able to openly communicate about your addiction. A counselor must be empathic and patient throughout this process. An important key to being able to provide a specific plan for long-term recovery is being able to pinpoint the underlying issues of substance abuse. A good counselor will be able to diagnose and treat any co-occurring mental health conditions associated with substance use.

Types of Therapy Available

Depending on the type of treatment center you choose to use, there are different types of therapies that will be designed to work hand-in-hand with traditional addiction counseling sessions. These may include:

  • Biofeedback and Neurofeedback. These types of therapies use real-time displays of brain activity to monitor levels of muscle tension, blood pressure and heart rate. This will allow the patient to be able to manipulate brain functions to gain control over physiological processes.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT focuses on the relationship between thoughts and the subsequent behaviors and choices related to them. Using CBT, the counselor will help the patient identify triggers that led to drug or alcohol use so that the patient is able to recognize these in the future. Once the triggers have been identified the counselor and patient can begin replacing the thoughts with healthy ones.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)DBT is used to treat individuals with a dual diagnosis. The main objective of DBT is to help the patients gain the confidence and coping abilities to handle stressful situations in healthy ways. DBT also improves communication skills and self-image, which can help people with conditions such as Borderline Personality Disorder and eating disorders.
  • Meditation, Hypnotherapy, Guided Imagery and Mindfulness. The main focus behind this type of therapy is to help the patient get into a relaxed state of mind so they can better understand what could be causing the drug and alcohol seeking and using behaviors. The therapy focuses on identifying triggers, controlling stress responses, and using deep relaxation techniques.
  • Holistic therapies. Holistic therapy allows the patient to practice introspection and learn coping skills. This type of therapy helps a patient who may be reluctant to open up during a traditional therapy session so they can communicate their fears and issues in a non-threatening manner. Examples of holistic therapy are yoga, art and equine therapy.

A quality addiction treatment center will provide a wide variety of therapies. By doing so, the treatment center staff helps guide the patient toward a longer lasting recovery.

Why Do I Need Addiction Counseling?

You may not want to accept the fact that you need counseling. You may not be ready to work through the issues that led to your substance abuse. You are not alone. Very few people are openly willing to discuss the long-held pain and trauma associated with drug and alcohol use. However, without the hard work and openness needed, sobriety will be short-lived.

If you need help finding a treatment program that provides addiction counseling services that are right for you, Please contact us today if you need help finding a treatment program that provides addiction counseling services that are right for you.