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.