Treatment for drug addiction requires an organized effort including many different elements. Inpatient and outpatient treatment programs are paired with counseling. The treatment programs normally include sessions for therapy and education to help the individual understand the effects of drugs, withdrawal, and the emotional effects of addiction and recovery. The main goal of inpatient or outpatient programs are to allow the person to focus on becoming and remaining sober and avoiding relapse in the future.
For outpatient substance and alcohol counseling, a counselor experienced in treating addictions lends a hand in the process of recovering and avoiding the temptation of continued drug use. Drug addiction has a strong base in physiological and social factors, and behavior therapy from a licensed professional has a number of benefits. A counselor can find ways to cope with drug cravings, provide suggestions for avoiding and preventing relapse, and devise strategies for dealing with any relapses that may occur during therapy.
Often drug addiction has a wide-reaching effect on careers, personal and family relationships, and legal problems. Counseling sessions offer the individual an opportunity to discuss such difficulties in a structured environment that focuses on emotional health and recovery.
Every person has a unique experience and struggle with drug addiction. An individualized treatment plan with regular counseling can be healing and motivating. I have extensive experience working with addicts at The Salvation Army in Denver. Discovering and treating the causes for one's addiction is very beneficial and healing. Clients learn how to use new coping mechanisms designed to help them succeed in their sobriety, repair damaged relationships and regain a more positive sense of self while in recovery. I feel honored to be part of this beautiful process. It is quite rewarding for my clients and myself as a therpaist.