Pursuing counselling is a difficult thing to do since it first requires the addict to realize and admit that they are addicted and need professional help. Family interventions often help bring the problem to light but it always depends on the sufferer, to take to heart what their close ones have said (if they are given an intervention). When the person comes to such a realization, they should first visit the local doctor. Drug abuse has a physical, as well as psychological impact. The doctor will be able to detect the problems that the body has suffered due to drug abuse and recommend a counsellor. They may also suggest if the patient needs to go into rehab, depending on the intensity of the issue.
Benefits of counselling
There are several benefits (pertaining to mental health) that a person will be able to experience once they start their counselling session.
- Self awareness: the person will become much more self aware of where this addiction is actually stemming from. Many sufferers realize that the actual problem comes from some deep seated psychological factor such as trauma or mental illness. The sufferer will then be able to make a decision to seek professional help for that illness so as to not relapse.
- Cognizant future: the person will become more aware of the ways to deal with the problems that occur in life without the help of that addictive substance or activity.
- Rebuild their lives: the counsellor will help the person reach out to their family and friends to rekindle their relationships and to be able to pursue and improve their professional lives.
The addiction counsellor
Several times you will see that the addiction counsellor is someone who used to be an addict themselves. The benefit of this is that the client is more successfully able to relate to the counsellor. The counsellor will share their experience with the client and can actually be a role model for them to look up to. The counsellor uses methods like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivation Interviewing Therapy, Group therapy and various other methods to get the sufferer to understand the root cause of the issue and to also provide them support in their recovery. They also help with relapse prevention. The counsellors are aware that the patient is surely going to relapse during recovery, so in order to keep that from happening repeatedly, the counsellor will get the recovering addicts to realize the potential triggers and teach them how to react to them, should they arise.
Does the counselling work?
The success of the program depends on two factors. First factor is the sufferer themselves and their willpower. Even though this word has been thrown around so much that it has almost lost its genuine meaning, it holds a lot of significance. The person recovering from the addiction needs to practice extreme self-constraint in order to succeed. They will have to keep in perspective their entire life which is at stake because of their actions. The second factor is the program itself. The counselling program should be built on evidence and accumulated information, for a better chance of success.