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Is a Therapist the Same as a Friend?

The professionalism of a therapist will determine how an individual will have success in recovery.  Each person is unique which means everyone will have different needs for treatment.  Finding a perfect match with a therapist can take several attempts of trial and error.  Connections with the counselor should be strong as well as maintain ethical understanding.  The responsibilities of the therapist include supporting, educating, and understanding the individual.  Thinking of an advisor as a friend is common, although not the best way to handle the relationship.

Know the Personal Needs

The person fighting addiction and maintaining sobriety needs to know what they want from a therapist.  The position could be a lending ear to listen to problems or an advisor who gives stern and direct instructions.  The individual can discover working with one type of therapist vs. the other will have an effect on life outside the office.  Using the practices and techniques given by the therapist will change the course set for the person in recovery.  

Asking for Help

When asking for help, a friend could give wonderful advice or a lending hand, which doesn’t always mean the actions are correct.  Asking a therapist for help is different.  The professionals are trained to let clients know when advice is OK to give, or when the individual should learn the lesson on their own.  Part of the responsibility of a therapist is to aid the individual until the person in recovery is well enough to start handling situations by themselves.  A professional can only give the individual the tools needed and listen to problems.  When the client finds success in the practices given, the therapist is no longer needed.  Maintenance through life is always an option, too.  Therapy can give continued guidance as long as both parties involved feel the need for sustained therapy.  

Basic Differences

Friends and family are able to support an individual through recovery.  The support given is vital for a happy and healthy lifestyle.  Human connections add warmth and love to a person’s life.  Isolation from others encourages relapse.  Everyone needs the care and support of others.  Therapists can substitute the human connection.  The support should be temporary or professional.  The duties of a therapist are not to make the client feel better.  The job is to give honest and humbling advice for the individual to learn how to make themselves feel better.  Friends and family will want to be empathetic.  A therapist can also be empathetic with healthy boundaries.

Finding the right match for a therapist can be very difficult.  Call Resilient House today and discover the options available and how to find the right match for you.  833-change1 (833-242-6431)