Why Drug Counseling Can Mean the Difference Between Relapse and Recovery

By Benjamin Brafman
Drug counselingwhen used effectively, can truly make a difference between relapse and recovery. During drug rehab, it is usually not enough to just get off the drugs. It is important to figure out the reasons behind the drug use in the first place. Counseling can be one of the most important components of the recovery process, as it explores multiple factors that can lead to addiction. Here are some of the benefits of drug counseling.

Benefits of Drug Counseling
Family Sessions
Many therapists may try to involve a recovering person's family members in the counseling sessions. If family members are willing to learn more about a loved one's addiction and participate in the recovery process, the process of addiction recovery can become smoother. With
the support of family members, a client may feel inspired to work harder to get better. During the counseling sessions, family members are encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings, even if it is difficult to do so. These options are very popular with clients whose families want to be involved.
Relapse Prevention
When a person in recovery is faced with a stressful situation, relapse can be a common occurrence. Some people may feel compelled to turn back to drugs, even if they have been in recovery for 10 years. Continued aftercare drug counseling can help prevent relapse because the therapist can teach a client about the warning signs of relapse and help them develop coping skills to deal with stress and depression.
Find the Root of the Problem
Beating drug addiction is more than giving up illicit substances; it's about searching deep to find the root of the problem. It can be difficult for a client to do that on his own, so a professional therapist can help. A therapist may make you feel comfortable and safe enough to share your feelings and information about your past. By doing so, you can work together to find out what may have triggered your addiction.
Change Self-Destructive Behaviors and Thoughts
The craving for drugs can make you feel out of control in certain situations, regardless of how long you've been in recovery. Often, these feelings can lead to self-destructive behaviors and thoughts. In drug counseling, you can learn how to identify these thoughts and behaviors. A professional therapist may also teach you how to change these thoughts and behaviors and replace them with more constructive ones.
Drug counseling has many benefits. Participating in counseling during recovery can help you realize the reason behind your addiction and learn much healthier ways to deal with stress. Going to counseling sessions can help prevent relapse and make you a happier and more fulfilled individual.
Ben Brafman, LMHC, CAP is the President and CEO of Destination Hope, a licensed dual diagnosis substance abuse treatment center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ben has more than 20 years of experience in the addiction and mental health fields, which led him to develop a combination of innovative treatment protocols at Destination Hope. He has been published on various topics including dual diagnosis and chemical dependency, and gives back to the community by educating other addiction counselors at his Academy for Addiction Professionals.

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