Truth is, drug and alcohol addiction is about as confounding a disease as there is.
Treating a substance use disorder can be very challenging as the causes (genetic, environmental, psychological) are so varied and elusive in nature. Why would one sibling become an alcoholic and the other sibling not if they came from the same gene pool and the same living conditions? Even identical twins can diverge, with one becoming an addict and the other not. This is where drug and alcohol counseling comes in. The process of identifying and unraveling the deep-seated emotional traumas, attachment disorders, adverse social factors, and life stressors that may be responsible for the addiction is a necessary component of successful addiction treatment. Skilled addiction therapists can root out these causal events and guide the client toward new awareness and decision-making skills.
Drug and alcohol counseling can come in many different forms. Therapists and clinicians who specialize in addiction recovery may utilize any combination of group therapy, individual therapy, or family therapy format. Popular therapeutic modalities for counseling addicts include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing (MI), but a customized treatment curriculum based on the unique psychological needs of the client is the most effective option.
Here are 5 ways that drug and alcohol counseling will benefit the recovery process:
- Counseling can help heal attachment disorders. Children form the basis for lifelong trust and security in relationships in the first five years of life. When there are attachment deficits, such as neglect, abuse, absent parents, or unstable living environments, the child adopts coping mechanisms to gain a sense of security. As adults, drugs and alcohol may deliver the sense of dependable attachment they crave. Counseling can help the client understand the childhood insecurities that are driving their attachment to drugs or alcohol.
- Counseling can help change unhealthy responses to stressors. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a short-term therapy that helps clients identify their misguided and self-destructive responses to certain people, thoughts, or situations that lead to using. By helping clients to learn new, healthy responses to the stressors and acquire effective coping strategies, addictive behaviors can be modified. This will assist in coping with cravings or triggers as the new responses are implemented.
- Counseling can improve the family dynamic. Family counseling is intrinsic to a successful recovery and can reduce relapse rates. Dysfunction within a family may or may not have been a factor in the development of the addiction, but addiction impacts the entire family regardless. In family counseling, clients and their families learn new communication skills, as well as verbalize any important issues that need to be addressed. This open communication helps the family to heal and begins the process of rebuilding trust.
- Counseling provides a safe setting for sharing. Group therapy is important in recovery because it allows the participants to share common experiences, frustrations, and fears in a safe, controlled setting. The counselor provides a supportive outlet for emotions to be expressed while facilitating the discussion so that each participant may gain a deeper understanding of their own addiction-related issues. Group therapy also encourages companionship and connection, a sense that they are in this together.
- Counseling helps treat dual diagnosis. It is very common for a drug or alcohol addiction to be accompanied by a mental health disorder, such as anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder. Without treating the co-occurring mental health condition, a genuine, sustained recovery will not be achieved. Therapy helps clients with a dual diagnosis by providing not only the counseling needed for changing destructive behaviors, but also the medication needed to treat the underlying mental health disorder.
Phoenix Rising Behavioral Health Care Services Provides Effective Drug and Alcohol Counseling
Phoenix Rising is an intensive outpatient substance abuse program located in Ladera Ranch, California that treats addiction from an attachment perspective. Using the traditional 12-step program elements as a foundation, Phoenix Rising specializes in effective drug and alcohol counseling. Utilizing CBT, DBT, and Motivational Interviewing, Phoenix Rising offers individual, group, and family counseling. For more information about the program, contact us today at (877) 299-5694.
Phoenix Rising Serves Local Client and from Across The United States
Phoenix Rising is located in Orange County in the city of Ladera Ranch, CA. For those traveling from out of the area or out of state for treatment, sober living is an option for residential boarding. We invite you to call us to discuss all the options available.
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