How Counseling Helps
I. How Counseling Helps in Addiction Treatment?
Removing the habit of drug or alcohol abuse or any kind of addiction is a huge achievement in itself. But for people suffering opioid addiction, detox is nothing but just a beginning of a prolonged battle against relapse and craving.
Counseling plays a vital role in drug abuse cure for a lot of individuals. Some approaches like family counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy can be easier to recover from opioid abuse. Psychotherapy is another helpful treatment to mental health problems which lead to prescription drug abuse.
II. Importance of Counseling
Opioid abuse is not just a physical dependence. Even after getting detox under medically supervised environment where physical dependence is treated, people are more vulnerable to relapse. Social and psychological aspects are also responsible for relapse of prescription drug abuse –
- Cues in environment
- Sudden life stresses
- Social networks with buddies who still use drugs
These factors are responsible for constant, uncontrollable urges to abuse medications. With the help of drug abuse counseling, addict people can avoid craving and learn to lead life without drugs.
There are different counseling therapies helpful to prevent drug abuse. But no any method can be better than other. So, no approach is best for everyone. Hence, right treatment option is customized to the needs of a person.
III. Group Sessions vs. Individual Therapy
Since it is better to take any counseling therapy than doing nothing for drug abuse cure, group therapy sessions are usually preferred over individual ones. A patient may be both assigned and supported by the people who are also undergoing drug rehab.
Narcotics Anonymous and other 12-step programs can support groups. But they are not similar to group therapy but they are supervised by psychotherapists.
On the other side, individual therapy sessions can help in dual diagnosis in conditions like bipolar disorder, coexisting depression, or other medical condition which should be treated in its own.
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