For both inpatient and outpatient programs, counseling is a critical component of rehabilitation and lasting recovery. For patients who are going through inpatient treatment, counseling starts once they have successfully completed the detoxification phase. For those seeking outpatient treatment, counseling is an integral part of staying on the path to recovery.
In both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs, individuals work one-on-one with a licensed counselor psychologist who specializes in drug and alcohol rehabilitation. During the initial sessions, the counselor will get to know the patient. Often, during these opening sessions, the counselor will attempt to gain an understanding of the patient’s background and factors that initially led the patient to drug or alcohol abuse. Through behavioral therapy and coaching, patient and counselor work together to identify and correct harmful patterns of behavior, giving the patient the best chance at continued recovery post-treatment
Also important to both inpatient and outpatient programs, group counseling enables patients to gather and share their struggles and victories in an unbiased and safe environment. Many patients find comfort in discussing their addiction and recovery struggles with other patients who are experiencing the same issues. Drug rehabilitation is psychologically difficult, often times making patients feel isolated, ashamed, and alone, which in turn leads to depression and despondency. Group therapy sessions can help combat these psychological issues by providing a place where patients are surrounded by encouraging and non-judgmental peers who understand their struggles.
Sadly, too often drug dependency and addiction leaves behind a trail of tattered and broken relationships. Through family counseling, the patient and his or her family members can work to heal past wounds and recreate a healthy family dynamic. Additionally, family counseling enables the counselor to educate the patient’s family on treatment and preventing relapse. A patient is much more likely to succeed in recovery with the support and love of his or her family members.