Counseling and addiction therapy assists with identifying the root causes of addiction while providing skills to strengthen coping mechanisms. The goal is to recognize relapse behaviors, regulate emotions even during stressful situations. Common techniques include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviews, and dialectical behavioral therapy.
There are Several Types of Counseling & Therapy
Psychoeducational groups provide education about the recovery process.
Provide both professional and peer support for motivation to maintain recovery goals.
Provides visualization for conflict resolution skills.
Empower group members by encouraging them to help and offer feedback to other members.
Provides necessary tools for coping skills for relapse behaviors and co-occurring mental health.
Provides an ego supportive environment for clients to gain insight and support from their peers.
For substance abuse, individual counseling is very common and well-known. Developed by Sigmund Freud as psychotherapy. This one-on-one approach between the therapist and person in therapy is an important one as it explores the complexities of the individual and helps address deep-rooted conflicts and defenses.
It is designed to build skills to help cope with the emotional challenges that we may encounter on a day-to-day basis. This includes tolerance, mindfulness, regulation of emotions, interpersonal social skills, and more. The goal of this therapy is to help individuals learn to better accept and balance the inevitable, which is change.
This type of therapy as the name suggests involves the family and gives them the opportunity to be involved. The therapist helps in facilitating communication and working through conflicts. Talking points may include marital issues, financial problems, conflicts between parents, and of course the effects of substance abuse on the overall family.