Are you or a loved one searching for a way to overcome a difficult or crippling addiction that has taken hold of your life? Addiction counseling programs can help you overcome a serious drug problem, alcoholism or other devastating addiction, and help get your life back on track.
While there are several different types of addictions, all will have a slowly increasing effect on your mind, body, and emotions and will generally change the way you live your life. Addiction counseling usually focuses on your mental process and helps you understand how your addiction slowly and negatively changes your own personal outlook. The word “addiction” carries a heavy negative connotation and the counseling process will help patients understand how addiction to a substance or action will slowly envelop all aspects of life until everything revolves around the given addiction. Continue Reading…
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Finding help to battle your addiction is one of the biggest steps towards recovery
Starting with web research, you will be able to find the best addiction counseling and therapy locally available. Good addiction counselors will be able to quickly establish a respectful and understanding relationship with a client. They will ask open-ended questions regarding the issue in order to learn more about their patient and help them find the motivation within themselves for change. Most importantly, a good addiction counselor will be able to develop a customized plan for change that the client is fully capable of and comfortable with.
Addiction counselors will generally use several clinical tools and screening methods in order to provide the ideal treatment and steps towards fighting your addiction. No two addictions are alike, even if they are rooted from identical situations. This is due to each individual’s psyche dealing with the process in a unique way. Finding a professional counselor is ideal in fighting an addiction, as they can find a way to specifically treat the issue at hand. Family and loved ones are encouraged to aid in the process, as they can provide the closest and most accurate personal insight to the individual as well as information on how the addiction has affected the patients’ close family and friends.
The longer you wait to seek professional help in dealing with an addiction the harder it will become; similarly, medical, mental and psychological disorders may begin to develop over time. Withdrawal symptoms will usually worsen over the wait, making the steps to recovery more difficult.
Counseling is appropriate for anyone who is suffering from substance abuse or behavioral disorders, no matter your age, race or background.
You are not alone in your struggle to overcome addiction. There are both government and private programs available to help counsel you with your addiction and plenty of resources on the Internet to help get your started. There are hundreds of locally licensed specialists that can aid you in the recovery process. Browse our directory of licensed counselors, drug rehabs, and alcohol rehabs to find nearly any type of counseling service local to you.
If you or a loved one is facing a substance abuse problem and would like to be referred to an alcohol or drug rehab center, please fill out this form or call 1-800-521-7128.
Related Topics and Resources on AllAboutCounseling.com:
- Addiction Counseling Forum – Discuss your experiences with substance abuse counselors, behavioral addiction therapists, and related topics.
- Substance Abuse Counseling Basics – Learn about the benefits of individual vs. group therapy environments and more.
- Drug Rehab Counselors – Learn what they do, and how they can be an integral part of your treatment process.
- Coping with Drug Overdoses (Fatal and Non-Fatal) – Advice organized by basic information and information specific to a particular substance of abuse.
Links, Websites, and Additional Resources (External):
- An informative article hosted by the National Institute of Corrections that discusses the skills and methods used in addiction therapy treatment.
- Learn about recent breakthroughs and the success of treatments in addiction counseling here.
- Looking for a road map to addiction counseling? This article in Counselor magazine.
If you have questions about the steps to solving an addiction or the specific treatment methods behind helping a drug problem please visit this page hosted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.