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Addiction and Counselling

Counselling is an important part of treatment and recovery. Many people think recovery is about abstinence–once you detox, you are clean and now you are in recovery. You might be in recovery, but probably not for long. Addiction is certainly a problem but it’s usually not the problem. Most of the time, there is some other problem, of which addiction is a symptom. Ignoring the real problem will make recovery much harder, which is why most treatment programs include counselling.

About half of people seeking help for addiction will also be dealing with another mental health issue–a dual diagnosis. While meetings and group therapy are very good for dealing with problems related to addiction and staying sober, they are typically not as good for treating the co-occurring condition, which could be an anxiety disorder, depression, schizophrenia, a personality disorder, or some other issue. These conditions and addiction feed off each other, creating a vicious cycle. Treating one requires treating the other.

Counselling is an opportunity for addicts in recovery to learn a range of skills that can help keep them in recovery. These can be very practical, like dealing with sudden cravings, or they can be deep, like working through old trauma or abuse. Every addiction is different and will require a different approach or set of approaches. Some people need ways to manage chronic pain while others need to overcome a history of physical abuse. A good therapist can find an approach relevant to your situation.

Because there was usually something wrong before the addiction, treating that underlying cause can help you feel better and live a better life than you did before. Many of the skills you learn in therapy help you feel better by helping you think better. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, for example, can help you identify triggers and distorted thinking. Once you identify those, you can replace distorted thinking with clearer thinking that helps you feel better and make better decisions in all areas of your life..

Family or couples therapy can help you learn to communicate better with the people you care about. Rebuilding your foundation of social support is essential for a strong recovery, but it is also important just for being happy. Studies show that having close relationships is one of the best predictors of happiness. Family therapy can help keep you in recovery and improve your life.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, Gardens Wellness Center can help you detox and figure out what plan of treatment best suits your situation. We treat all aspects of addiction, not just the physical. Call us today at 844-828-1050 or email us at to learn more.