Importance of Counseling in Drug Addiction Recovery
Counseling is a crucial component for drug addiction recovery and a necessity for long-term sobriety.
Recovering from an opioid addiction, or any other addiction, is a huge accomplishment. Drug addiction treatment is the start to the recovery process, but counseling and establishing a long-term plan is essential for reducing the risk of relapse.
Why Drug Addiction Counseling is Important
Both during and after recovery, there are certainly stresses along the way – including psychological and social stresses. Drug rehab counseling provides psychological support, allowing addicts to learn coping mechanisms to minimize their risk of relapse. Drug addiction counselors offer a trusted relationship, judgement-free support, resources and long-term management and prevention skills.
Although counseling is certainly a key component to drug addiction recovery, no one plan is appropriate from everyone recovering from opioid addiction. Each approach should be individualized to fit the addict’s needs. At A.M.C., a patient undergoes a comprehensive assessment to determine their counseling approach.
Types of Drug Rehab Counseling
No one drug rehab counseling type is better than the other, but it’s important to find the right counseling type or types that best fit a person’s addiction and their needs. Between one-on-one counseling, group counseling and/or family counseling, an addict is equipped with the tools to cope with life without the use of drugs.
One-on-one counseling allows an addict to connect and communicate with a counselor individually and privately. During one-on-one counseling, addicts might learn coping techniques and discuss the roots behind their addiction.
Group counseling offers individuals support from others who are also experiencing or have experienced drug rehab. There is a strong power and many positives from sharing recovery journeys. Peers can challenge each other and encourage each other through the recovery process.
Opioid addiction doesn’t just affect the addict’s life, but also affects the entire family. Family counseling helps strengthen family relationships to promote ongoing support during and post-treatment. It also provides a starting point in the healing process for the family from the damage their loved one may have caused.
Making a Long-Term Plan
Recovery doesn’t stop once treatment is completed, and neither should drug addiction counseling. While counselors may cover topics regarding a maintenance program during rehab, it is highly recommended to continue counseling post-treatment.
It’s not easy to learn new habits, build relationships and leave old habits and friends behind without any support outside of rehab. Post-treatment counseling allows a recovering addict a communication channel to cope with outside triggers, cravings and stressors. Evidence shows that aftercare counseling increases the chances for long-term sobriety. With commitment, treatment and counseling, addicts can build the necessary tools for a lasting recovery.