Does Counseling Work For Drug Addiction?

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How do we handle addiction and how is it treated? One of the best solutions is to work with a drug counselor in a rehab facility. Counselors not only understand the science behind addiction but are also aware of the range of potential solutions to the problem. A lot of addicts turn to counseling as a last resort after they have reached the height of their addiction and nothing else they have tried has worked. This article will address some challenges people who are addicted to drugs use counseling to help them.

There are many different treatment options for alcohol or drug addiction. But not all options are equally effective and can be harmful to the individual. Counselors can help addicts make the right choices and get the best results. People who have been using drugs for a long time have a high risk of developing an addiction, and the risk of developing an addiction increases the longer a person stays on drugs. When addicted, people experience high levels of stress and anxiety and are unable to cope with everyday life. They also suffer from severe physical pain, resulting in higher rates of suicide than the general population. Counseling helps people who feel helpless about their addictions find solutions and access the medical resources, care, and support they need to put their addiction behind them.

How Do Counselors Treat Drug Addiction?

The first thing a counselor does to help someone who has a substance abuse problem is to help them get a sense of perspective and to stop seeing themselves as worthless. Once a counselor raises someone’s self-esteem enough for that person to be willing to change, then progress is possible. In essence, a counselor can help someone who has a substance abuse problem stop seeing themselves as bad people, people who are beyond hope. After this bridge has been crossed, the counselor can help a patient identify and target the root causes of the drug abuse. The counselor can help the person understand why he or she is using drugs. Once a person can recognize that he or she has a problem that can be resolved, then that person is willing to take action to break free from their addiction.

The action a person might take will include taking prescription drugs to ease withdrawal symptoms that occur when drug dosage is reduced or when they stop taking the drug. Prescription drugs can help to treat addiction and dependence on some substances. However, it is not an easy task. Even if the addiction is treated, users will still suffer from withdrawal symptoms after using the medication. The medicines can be considered a temporary solution for the problem — they can be used for a few weeks or months –but in case of drug dependency, they are not sufficient to cure it permanently. What is needed for a more permanent cure is a dissolution of the psychological issues that caused a person to turn to drugs to numb their emotional pain in the first place. In other words, the final step towards a cure is understanding the problem and identifying its causes. Once counselors and patients working together have identified the causes behind the urge to use drugs, it is then time to develop effective behavior-based solutions to address them.


Counselors help clients face addictions, and they can be really effective in helping them get rid of the problem. However, counseling is not without its challenges as patients are often resistant to admitting they have a problem in the first place. To overcome this resistance, counselors offer treatment services that can help people rid themselves of their underlying negative emotions and gain control over their emotions. Therapy benefits addicts in two ways: they restore motivation to stop abusing drugs or alcohol while also improving the quality of life for addicts who have recovered from drug addiction. Although it takes considerable time and patience, counselors have a positive impact on drug addiction treatment.  Call me at 866-963-7200.

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