The Role Of Counseling In Recovery Process

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:

RecoveryCounseling 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.