Counseling is an extremely important part of substance abuse treatment. The various areas of approach for therapy can help individuals recovering from abuse to stay sober. Along treating substance counseling can also help treat with other mental health conditions that often contribute to substance abuse.
Substance abuse is characterized by harmful use of psychoactive substances which would include alcohol and illicit drugs. These substances could lead to dependence affecting an individual’s behaviour, cognitions, and physiological phenomena. The individual with this condition develop strong desire to take the drug, issues with controlling its use, persisting using despite harmful consequences, prioritizing substance use over any other activity and obligations.
Importance of counseling in treating substance abuse:
Counseling addresses the symptoms of substance abuse as well as other areas of functioning that is impaired.
The goal of substance abuse counseling is to help the individual to achieve and maintain abstinence from the harmful substance and behaviours. Secondary counseling helps the individual recover and undo the damage in the individual’s life.
Substance abuse counseling works first aiding the individual recognize the problem and the irrational thinking associated with it. Subsequently, encouragement is provided to the individual to maintain and achieve abstinence. They are also taught to develop the essential psychosocial skills and motivation to continuing recovery lifelong.
Substance abuse counseling helps and encourages the individual to take responsibility for helping themselves recover. Support from counselors as well as peers and family members will help the individual recover from substance abuse.
Counseling methods used in treatment of substance abuse
The primary objective of occupational therapy is to help individuals gain a sense of control over their lives. This aids them to be functional adults and gain independence in their work life. This therapy aims at instilling work skills in the individual.
Counseling helps engage individuals in substance abuse treatment, provide them motivations to abstain them from using drugs, change their attitudes and behaviours related to substance abuse, and teach them life and coping skills to handle stressful situations and environmental cues associated with substance use. For substance abuse counseling call now on +919611194949.
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