The process of identifying and unraveling the deep-seated emotional traumas attachment disorders and life stressors that may be responsible for the addiction is necessary for the successful treatment.
Treating a substance use disorder can be very challenging as the causes (genetic, environmental, psychological) are so varied and elusive. This is where counseling comes in.
Counseling can come in many different forms. Therapists may utilize any combination of family therapy format, group therapy or individual therapy. Popular therapeutic modalities for counseling include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing (MI).
A customized treatment that is based on the unique needs of the client is the most effective option.
There are some ways when counseling will benefit the recovery process:
Counseling can help heal attachment disorders. When there are attachment deficits, such as abuse, absent parents, neglect or unstable living environments, the child can adopt coping mechanism to gain a sense of security. Counseling may help with understanding about the childhood insecurities that are driving their attachment to drugs or alcohol or any other kind of addiction.
Counseling can help with changing the unhealthy responses to stressors. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a short-term therapy that can be used to help clients with identifying their misguided and self-destructive responses to certain people, thoughts, or situations that lead to some problem. By helping clients to learn new, healthy responses to the stressors and acquire effective coping strategies, addictive behaviors can be modified.
Counseling can improve the family dynamic.In family counseling, clients and their families learn new communication skills, as well as verbalize any important issues that need to be addressed. Open communication like this helps the family to heal and begins the process of rebuilding trust between them.
Counseling provides a safe setting for sharing problems. Group therapy makes an important part of recovery because it allows the participants to share common experiences, fears, and frustrations in a safe, controlled setting. The counselor’s role is to provide a supportive outlet for emotions to be expressed so that each participant may gain a deeper understanding of their problem.
By helping patients find motivation, improve relationships and develop skills in reaching the recovery, licensed therapists and counselors use various approaches depending on the age, factors of surroundings and type of the addiction.
The belief of this treatment is that by revealing issues from analyzing the past relationships and bringing them to the surface, treatment will develop. Roots of this type are made by Sigmund Freud. This one has a lot of researches because it requires significant work of understanding one’s self.
It is based on the belief that behavior is learned. The famous study is from Pavlov research with dogs salivating when hearing bell because food comes after. Anyway, behavioral therapists use behavior modification techniques to change destructive and unwanted behaviors.
This theory reflects on how people’s thinking change behavior or feeling. Therapists here are oriented toward problem-solving, and this therapy is brief. The present situation is primary here, and this one is often combined with behavioral therapy. Many mental illnesses like personality disorders, eating disorders and substance abuse orders are successfully solved with this type of therapy.
By emphasizing a person’s self-growth and self-actualization therapists focus on the present to achieve patient’s highest potential. Focusing on free will, responsibility, and self-determination of their patient’s counselor support clients to control their destinies.
Integrates various elements of different theories to make the best combination of techniques and tools to solve particular client’s problem. The success of the relationship between client and therapist is still primary above all other aspects of this treatment.
No matter which type of therapy is used, the goal is the same, to provide a nonjudgmental environment where therapist and client may together work to achieve mutually agreed plan solutions.