While drug detoxification works on the physical addiction, we find that drug counseling is where we make most of our breakthroughs with patients. Outpatient drug counseling helps patients understand the underlying reasons or causes of their drug dependence, as well as the thoughts and behaviors that led to their addiction. With one-on-one drug counseling, Apex Recovery San Diego’s licensed, skilled therapists help patients see the light at the end of the tunnel. Through counseling, patients are able to increase motivation to get well, change negative and self-defeating behaviors, create stronger relationships at home and at work and reduce the potential for relapse.
For individuals fighting addictions through drug addiction treatment, detox is only the first step of the way. Staying away from alcohol and substances is a long process and drug counseling provides excellent support throughout. It’s essential to understand addiction as a very complex problem. In fact, no one can solve it purely on the physical level.
Addiction is a complex thing. In fact, its biggest impact is on people’s minds and emotions. When cognitive and socio-emotional dysfunction kicks in, it often pushes people toward addiction. How someone sees their own life is a key factor in the choices they make, which can lead to addiction.
Once hooked, the brain goes through changes because of the strong influence of alcohol or drugs, making the addiction even stronger. Even after detox, the person in recovery has to face the psychological issues that are at the core of their addiction. This tough journey of self-discovery and healing is where the real work begins, as they navigate through a web of emotions, thoughts, and behaviors that contribute to their addiction.
What Is Outpatient Drug Counseling?
Drug counseling is an essential part of addiction recovery. It provides a comprehensive approach to treating the underlying psychological issues associated with drug abuse. Counseling helps individuals identify and address their personal triggers. It also deals with any mental health disorders (such as depression or anxiety) they are struggling with.
In addition, drug counselors assess patients’ needs and determine the best course of treatment for their individual needs. This could include:
- Talk therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Mindfulness training
- Other therapeutic techniques
By focusing on the psychological aspects of addiction, drug counseling can help individuals gain insight into their behavior, develop healthier coping mechanisms and learn how to make better decisions. Ultimately, this helps individuals build and maintain long-term sobriety.
Drug Counseling Addresses Challenges in Recovery
Drug counseling during outpatient treatment can make a world of difference for someone in recovery. Why? Because the outside world is rife with temptations and triggers for cravings. Some of these include:
- Problems of everyday life—at home, work, school, etc.
- Sudden problems that arise
- People, places and things that remind the recovering individual of the addiction
One-on-one drug counseling can also address the added challenges presented by comorbid mental disorders like anxiety, depression, bipolar and sleep disorders. Actually, individuals who have a dual diagnosis must then be treated simultaneously for both issues. Otherwise, the treatment is unlikely to be successful.
How long the patient will be attending drug counseling sessions hinges on many factors. Every case is unique. The treatment coordinator will collaborate with the therapists to make an individualized recovery plan which is then fine-tuned as the patient pursues it.
Get the Help You Need Today From Apex Recovery San Diego
Apex Recovery San Diego is renowned for its exceptional team of highly qualified and experienced professionals. Our dedicated experts possess the expertise to thoroughly assess each patient’s unique needs. They ensure the delivery of a personalized drug counseling approach that is tailored to a patient’s unique circumstances.
With our comprehensive and individualized care, we fully support our patients on their journey toward recovery and a healthier, happier life. Call us today at 619.458.3435 or reach out online to begin your recovery.