Drug Rehab Counseling
Treatments found with intensive rehabilitation for drug addictions involve a battery of therapies and counseling. Behavioral therapies cover a number of things more than just abusing drugs. It focuses on personal, social, family, vocational and other critical aspect needed to recover. This page discusses areas of counseling found at our facility and aspects of effective addiction treatment therapy.
Personalized Rehabilitation Therapies
Many of the addiction issues that come to the surface while in treatment are underlying personal issues. Individualized counseling and personalized psychotherapy can help to treat these underlying problems that can lead to self-medication and addiction. Traumatic experiences in the past of any nature can commonly lead to the self-medication of an individual. An individual will start to use alcohol or drugs just to supplant the trauma. This basic start can lead to long road of a drug addiction and the problems that stem from addictive behavior. Therapy and Counseling for the individual can help them address these underlying concerns and begin the healing process.
3 Aspects to Counseling
- Motivation for Recovery More often than not, the alcoholic/addict does not want to be in rehab. Initially they can be defiant and resist the efforts of addiction treatment. Counseling and therapy techniques can be integral in making recovery an attractive thing. Positive encouragement and caring counseling sessions can spark the motivation needed to enter paths of recovery.
- Education and Treatment for Addiction The alcoholic/addict may not understand what the substance of choice is doing to them internally. They also truly don't know how to stop using or abusing the substance on their own. Counseling can be integral in helping arrest the disease. It can also supply a proper education on the nature of addiction and what it does to behavior. Cognitive behavioral therapies are used to address why the individual is addicted to drugs. Therapies and activities are also utilized for avoiding trigger situations and to teach skills how to cope with them when they can't be avoided.
- Counseling on Aftercare Alcohol and drug rehab is merely the beginning of the recovery process. After rehab is completed, the individual can become involved with efforts of aftercare and the support of recovery or 12-step meetings. A counselor can be involved in helping an individual in making proper decisions for aftercare. Whether it is a transition into a sober living home, an intensive outpatient program, or with encouragement to participate in A.A. or similar 12-step group, a counselor can help with making important decisions when it comes to continuing the recovery effort.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that up to 6 out of 10 individuals who have drug addictions also have a co-occurring mental health disorder. Effective addiction counseling must also involve dual diagnosis and therapy that addresses the seriousness of mental health problems. It requires a combination of things, beginning with proper diagnosis, prescribing medications and then effective therapies to help with coping, healing and recovery. Co-occurring disorders and addiction are chronic conditions and a recovery-oriented effort for both has shown to be an effective approach when combined with proper therapies.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
Cognitive Behavioral therapy has been around for some time in treating alcohol addiction. It has also shown to be rather effective at helping those that struggle with drugs as well. It involves taking a closer look at learning processes and the behavioral patterns that develop due to these processes. Cognitive therapies are also used in developing effective coping strategies and techniques. In combination with other types of therapy the Cognitive and Behavioral approach has shown to be retained after the completion of treatment.
Group-Based Drug Rehab Counseling
Group based therapy and supportive workshops are also utilized in our program. The struggling addict can find support and strength from Fellow residents and treatment staff. Effective addiction treatment consists of a number of group based programs to create a vital foundational support structure. Group members can learn from one another and develop strength in their own recovery from helping the group. Groups can be topical, so those involved can both learn and gain experiences from others dealing with difficult situations.
We are based on a recovery-oriented, 12-step program. Counseling is tailored to introduce and incorporate the step work of this modality. Support groups can also be found by attending meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous. Through experiential programming we introduce opportunities for vital spiritual experiences. The foundation of such a program provides our residents with support for continuing on after leaving treatment. Continuing efforts on this path greatly increases sober and positive outcomes.
Family Therapy and Care
For family related trauma issues, therapy should also be available. Proper resolutions of such family issues can only strengthen the family and the support network that the family provides. While this type of drug rehab counseling can be intense at times, ultimately it provides a therapeutic resolution for overcoming the addiction. Healing can come for both the addict and family members involved. One of the critical elements to our program is the involvement of family in drug treatment and this effective approach of counseling and therapy.
Family members can be stuck in a codependent relationship. Such an environment is not a healthy one for someone attempting to overcome drugs or alcohol. A part of our family counseling is to educate and to address problems of codependency within the home. In our program you have the type of environment where those involved can be honest and open with each other. Family-based therapies are usually conducted by professionals in the field with experience in substance abuse and family care. Following rehab, this type of continued therapy can be found for families. Also, family members have their own 12-step based support program found through Al-anon.
When people come to alcohol or drug rehabilitation, chances are they are not in a good spot. Whether they admitted themselves voluntarily, or they were forced into treatment by family or legal concerns, people are in a life and death struggle. They need something, someone in their lives to help them. This is found through the professional help of an addiction counselor. A counselor can support them in this process of healing. They can provide solutions for the underlying issues of addiction, things like trauma, grief and mental health disorders. Most importantly they can provide individuals with answers, coping skills, to help them walk away from their struggles.
Our dedicated and caring counselors also play a part in preparing for the recovery process. After completing the program, additional programming, support, therapy and care are essential at staying clean and sober. Residents can work with their primary counselor on making preparations and decisions on continuing care and sober living options. They also provide follow-up help when needed after a resident leaves the facility.