Addiction Counseling is for individuals who have substance use issues, including alcohol or other substances. Counselors perform Addiction Counseling in an inpatient or extensive outpatient program.
You can expect individual and group therapy sessions focused on learning skills to help you recover. These skills include identifying triggers that make you want to use substances. Once you learn your triggers, you can then practice coping with them when they arise.
Addiction Counseling emphasizes:
Building a support network of sober individuals
Pausing to breathe when stressful events or emotions arise
Fostering a practice of yoga, meditation, or another form of exercise
Maintaining healthy habits
Finding creative outlets that work, such as journaling or art
Attending a support group or self-help meetings
Staying in contact with a mental health professional
Addiction Counseling may involve a detox program, a space to get the substances out of your system before undergoing treatment. Additionally, Addiction Counseling emphasizes developing and practicing behaviors that work for each individual. Counselors recognize that everyone has different stressors that might cause a relapse.
Therapists Who Specialize in Using Addiction Counseling