The primary purpose of drug counseling is to assist those who are currently active in addiction to have the underlying issues beneath their drug and alcohol abuse pointed out to them. This approach is necessary for the person to have a successful treatment experience and provide ongoing recovery for the individual. The focus is to help the addict change harmful behaviors they engage in and encompasses various ways of including 12 step programs and self-help with the guidance of a counselor. For the family, counseling can be used as a resource to work together and help loved ones achieve recovery.
What do Addiction Counselors do?
Addiction coursing can help create a sense of awareness for the addict so that they may begin to see the root problems behind their addiction. Counselors are sincerely interested in helping the people that they assist in conquering their life-threatening and lethal addictions. They do this through helping the individual find out why their lifestyle was attractive to begin with and appeared to be a solution to dealing with life. A counselor will use his or her skills to probe the patient and create ways for them to achieve the necessary means to live a healthy and sober lifestyle.
Addiction Counseling may include:
- Evaluating the individual for the necessary treatment plan, severity of their drug use and current state of well being and if detoxification is required or not
- Involving the person in a form of therapy or recovery program
- Informing the individual of various requirements as well as rules and regulations
- Developing a specific plan of treatment that will fit the requirements of the individual and lead to the ultimate result of being free from drugs and alcohol
The tasks and expected accomplishments of an addiction counselor:
- Researching the individual’s drug use to help determine an effective approach to combat the addiction
- Helping the individual realize root issues of their addiction by helping them through feelings such as embarrassment, fear, guilt and regret – making them aware of their strengths and weaknesses
- Hosting informative community and group sessions
- Creating a timeline of how much progress has been made through documentation
- Introducing a 12 step program to the individual such as Alchoholics or Narcotics Anonymous
Finding an Addiction Counselor
Pacific Treatment Services is familiar with a number of licensed and trusted addiction counselors. Maintaining a relationship built on trust with a counselor is key with any successful addiction counseling. We can help you find an effective counselor that will be able to help you or your loved one with addiction as well as any other issues associated with it. For more information or if you have any questions, please call us at (866) 713-2334