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The Importance of Counseling in Drug Addiction Treatment

Addiction is a disease, one that affects your brain function such as reward, motivation and behavior control. Some people become addicted to drugs very easily as the behavior becomes a reward or motivation for them. Almost like a learned pattern that is extremely difficult for them to break. Whether it is you or someone you love you should understand that it is a disease, one that can be treated, however it requires complete dedication to the recovery. In order to recover, you must adopt several treatment methods that will assist you in the process of that recovery. One-way to do this is to receive counseling. Counseling will be an integral part of your recovery process and in your continued success to a life without drugs. Whether you have entered an inpatient program or are receiving treatment through an outpatient program, your counseling should meet your specific needs and goals.

Types of Counseling

Individual and Group Counseling

Counseling in any form is always helpful, however the group sessions do provide an abundance of support. It is helpful to know that others have similar experiences, goals and fears. There are also many established programs such as the Twelve-step programs used by Narcotics Anonymous, which have been helpful in goal setting and rewarding to those who are trying to recover from addiction. Individual therapy may prove to be helpful for those who have additional mental disorders associated with drug abuse.

Outpatient or Inpatient Treatment

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Counseling is an essential component of an addiction treatment plan.

Inpatient treatment takes you out of the environment that you are so accustomed to using drugs in. It provides you a safe haven of sorts, a place to escape to while being cared for in a monitored environment. This has proven to be very effective for people as they can ease themselves back into their previous environment more slowly. Outpatient takes you out of that environment for a certain amount of time and you go back to it at night, which can be difficult. Some people have found it very tough to stay drug free, they need that constant care over the first few months to prevent them from a relapse. Bear in mind, most of these therapies can cost a substantial amount of money although rest assured there is financial help out there for some who qualify.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy –better known as CBT teaches you how to react and behave when your mood changes, or if you have stressor, which can trigger you to crave using drugs again. It provides you with the coping skills to overcome these cravings through a learned behavior and with ongoing support has proven to be very successful in keeping people on the path to recovery.