1 on 1 counseling for substance addiction is provided by counselors who are competently trained in the field of substance abuse counseling. These counselors have studied the types of commonly used addictive substances, their effects, the stages of addiction, withdrawal symptoms for each substance, and have likely counseled several patients who were struggling with some kind of substance addiction. Most substance abuse counselors are trained to understand every type of addiction, but counselors who feel they have inadequate training for a client’s specific drug addiction or situation will often refer that client to a counselor with higher competence in that area.
Substance abuse counselors work primarily with clients through the use of discussing client problems and ways to solve those problems without the need to use addictive substances. Initially, a counselor will interview you to assess the severity of your addiction, your overall life situation to examine stressors that may be provoking your substance use, and to determine your overall level of mental health.
Counselors are not encouraged to diagnose mental disorders based on assumptions alone, but figuring out if a mental disorder is present can make a significant difference in achieving recovery because the disorder may be an underlying cause for addiction. They will handle drug tests, develop treatment plans with goals, and will alter those plans when they do not seem to be helping or if changing plans will improve chances for a full recovery.
Each counselor can have a different approach to treatment and others may take a multi-dimensional approach in which several techniques are utilized. One of those techniques is behavioral therapy in which a therapist will help you
develop coping strategies to reduce cravings to use again, ways to deal with relapse when relapse occurs, and methods for avoiding drug use.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Many counselors that operate in Orange County recovery programs use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT because this technique is an evidence-based approach that has repeatedly been effective in treating substance addiction. The goal is to change a patient’s maladaptive thoughts or overgeneralizations by guiding the patient to identify and change those thoughts, which are expected to change their maladaptive behaviors.
Motivational interviewing works to increase a patient’s motivation to overcome their addiction by reminding them of what will happen if they do not stop using. The idea is that a patient is in therapy because they are experiencing discontentment with their addiction, therefore avoiding drug use behaviors of the past is something that should be encouraged in order to avoid or escape that discontentment.
Counselors who use contingency management give rewards like cash, privileges in inpatient centers, and vouchers when the patient has a clean drug test. This technique operates with principles of behavioral therapy by using physical means rather than talking.
Seeking Therapy for Substance Addiction
If you are struggling with any kind of substance addiction, please contact Chelsea By the Sea at 1 (844) 31-CLEAN so we can help you find the right treatment for your specific needs. Chelsea By the Sea provides California addiction treatment that is family focused and pet-friendly with medically assisted detox, family interventions, and residential treatment programs. You do not have to struggle alone. Contact Chelsea By the Sea today.