Detox Gets You Sober, Counseling Keeps You Sober
Substance abuse counseling is by far the most impactful part of the treatment program. Getting clean temporarily is a much easier feat than actually staying clean.
Addicts can get clean in a variety of surroundings, be it at rehab, in jail, basically in any controlled environment where drugs or alcohol are simply not accessible. However, getting sober in a controlled environment because you didn’t have access to substances does not for a second mean that you will stay sober once you leave. Without actually going through treatment and notably substance abusing counseling, over 90% of addicts will relapse within a year.
The beauty of substance abuse counseling is that it helps get to the bottom of the issues that are spurring the alcohol and drug abuse in the first place. A skilled therapist can help you reveal why you turned to substances in the first place, and help work through those issues to ease your reliance on them.
There are a great many issues that cause people to turn to drugs and alcohol as a coping mechanism, like underlying mental disorders such as depression, post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder just to name a few. Eating disorders and fertility issues are known to be triggers for substance abuse in women especially as well.
How Does Substance Abuse Counseling Work?
A quality addiction treatment facility will have highly trained clinicians and counselors who specialize in the different types of substance abuse counseling. It is imperative to note that all treatment facilities are not created equal and that you do your due diligence in advance. The most common therapy is individual. This consists of sessions strictly between the addict and his/her counselor.
In individual sessions, counselors will use cognitive behavioral therapy to help the addicted individual identify harmful thought patterns and behaviors that lead them to abusing drugs. Once these are identified and thoroughly investigated between client and counselor, they will start to explore different ways of thinking that could help prevent the individual from stumbling down the same path toward addiction again.
Cognitive behavioral therapy is fantastic at teaching addicts why they fell victim to addiction and more importantly how to learn from their previous mistakes to achieve long term sobriety.
The next equally effective branch of substance abuse counseling is group therapy. Group therapy is facilitated by a counselor where the addict is surrounded by a group of their peers also suffering from substance abuse.
There is something very powerful about listening to other’s experiences and learning that you are not alone in your struggle. With a skilled therapist leading a group, the addicts can learn to depend on each other and gain a built in support group in their post treatment life.
Destination Hope: The Women’s Program is an addiction treatment facility for women in beautiful South Florida. Their staff of clinicians and therapists is unrivaled in knowledge and experience. They know how integral of a role substance abuse counseling plays in staying sober, and they take it one step further.
They combine the therapies discussed above with solutions focused therapy, which is strictly centered on how the client is going to stay sober once they leave treatment, a facet than cannot be undervalued. They discuss specifics and coping strategies catered around what suits that individual the best. It is for all of these reasons that Destination Hope has gained their superb reputation as having the most dedicated staff around to help you overcome your dependence.
If you or a loved one is suffering from alcohol or drug abuse, look no further than Destination Hope. Counselors are available 24 hours a day to take your call. We won’t rest until you’ve taken back the reins of your life.