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Why is Counseling Important in Treatment?

Addiction treatment involves more than just detoxification and not using drugs or alcohol. Without changing deeply embedded behaviors, it is unlikely that an individual will be able to maintain sobriety after treatment has ended. Fortunately, many treatment centers incorporate a variety of therapeutic techniques to address addiction from a variety of different mental health angles.

Different behavioral therapies can attend to each individual’s specific problems related to addiction and recovery. The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains, “Behavioral therapies—including individual, family, or group counseling—are the most commonly used forms of drug abuse treatment. Behavioral therapies vary in their focus and may involve addressing a patient’s motivation to change, providing incentives for abstinence, building skills to resist drug use, replacing drug-using activities with constructive and rewarding activities, improving problem-solving skills, and facilitating better interpersonal relationships. Also, participation in group therapy and other peer support programs during and following treatment can help maintain abstinence.” A combination of different forms of therapies can be effective in treating addiction by addressing the problem from a variety of different angles.

To allow an individual to address the problems that influenced their addiction, different behavioral therapies can be implemented that address psychological, social, and familial issues. For example, family therapy can effectively work to repair the specific damage caused by addiction relating to family, spousal, and parental angles. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy, “In family therapy, the unit of treatment is the family, and/or the individual within the context of the family system. The person abusing substances is regarded as a subsystem within the family unit—the person whose symptoms have severe repercussions throughout the family system. The familial relationships within this subsystem are the points of therapeutic interest and intervention. The therapist facilitates discussions and problem-solving sessions, often with the entire family group or subsets thereof, but sometimes with a single participant, who may or may not be the person with the substance use disorder.” Other treatment modalities, such as group therapy, can address psychosocial aspects of addiction, skill development, and provide support systems. Every form of therapy can effectively address a different aspect of substance use to create a comprehensive treatment program.

Your life can be one of mental, physical, and spiritual health in sobriety. Recovery is possible if you make the decision to seek help today. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, offers a highly effective residential treatment program that includes medically-supported detoxification, maintenance care, individual therapies, counseling (including family therapy), and plans to help clients build life skills that will help them after discharge. For information about residential treatment and other treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431