If you have made the brave choice to seek help for a drug addiction then counseling is fundamental to any professional addiction treatment program. Experienced counselors understand the way addicts think and can get to the root of the problem affecting the person suffering through the disease of addiction, often seeing facets of the addiction that the person themselves may not have understood. Given that there are many different kinds of addiction, it makes sense that there various approaches to counseling, each specific approach tailored to help and analyze the psychology of a particular type of addiction as well built to suit whatever stage of the treatment program you may be at.
Individual counseling takes on a one-on-one format, with the counselor meeting with the addict for private sessions. When you enter and inpatient drug rehab you will have a number of one-on-one sessions. In a private session, you would no doubt be more compliant and open to speaking about yourself, revealing things that you may be reluctant to reveal in a group session or in a meeting with your peers. Oftentimes, this can lead to personal revelations that the addict may not even have been aware of or have come to without the assistance of the counselor. It can also help the addict understand the triggers of addiction that lead to the addiction and might still compel it, as well as helping them to understand how best to maintain their sobriety.
Group counseling is not quite as personal or intimate as one-on-one counseling, but rather sees the counselor engaging with the patient in a setting with a group of other addicts. The benefits of this are threefold. Firstly, it helps the addict to understand that they are not alone in their efforts to achieve sobriety and that even as they struggle; there are others who are sharing similar challenges. Added to that, people who share their problems might throw light on issues that the addict had not yet considered. Thirdly, if the addict can help someone else in the group, making them feel useful can go some way to helping with their sense of self-worth.
Family counseling is much like group counseling in that it involves more people than just the addict and their counselor. The difference is that instead of being in a group of other addicts, this is a form of counseling where the addict engages with those closest to them on the matter of their addiction. Much like an intervention, this is not an opportunity for family and friends to gain some retribution against the addict for the pain they have caused, but rather a chance for the addict to recognize and come to terms with the damage they have cause as well as allowing for relationships to be rebuilt following the damage caused by addiction.
No one kind of counseling is more important than the other as all serve to impact on various aspects necessary to the client and their treatment. To find out more give us a call. Our drug addiction helpline is available 24 hours a day so that you can start out on the road to recovery with a firm foundation: Call us on (800) 444-1014