Why are Counseling Groups Important in Rehab?
When a person has been abusing drugs or alcohol for extended periods of time, they tend to lose touch with reality and often close themselves off from social situations or even from family members. Over time the individual will require professional counseling to help them overcome this inability to communicate with others. At Best Drug Rehabilitation, we offer three types of counseling groups to help our clients re-learn the skill of openly communicating.
In groups, our clients are encouraged to open up and share their experiences with addiction. They also gain valuable tips and knowledge from others who share their stories. Many of them form lasting friendships during this time. This type of counseling helps clients realize they are not the only one who has gone down this road, and that it is possible to change paths.
In one-on-one sessions with a counselor, clients are often more inclined to open up and share their feelings than they would be in a group setting. During this time, the counselor works with the client to help them look deep within themselves to discover the true reasons for their drug use. Once the person understands why drugs became so important in their life, he or she will be more capable of finding ways to avoid that path in the future.
Benefits of Counseling
Counseling groups are a crucial factor in the overall success of addiction recovery. Not only does the individual need to learn how to communicate more effectively with others, they also need to regain lost self-esteem. Once they become comfortable communicating with others, their confidence level rises, and this is a step in the right direction. Lasting recovery is only possible if the person is able to identify and share emotions or thoughts that could lead them back to drug abuse. Some of the interpersonal issues addressed in counseling groups include the following:
- trust issues
- being easily offended or hurt
- needing excessive reassurance from others
- loneliness or isolation
- anger issues
- fear of social situations
- superficial relationships
- being too dependent in relationships
- fear of being abandoned
- intimacy problems
Naturally, many people experience these emotions but are able to find healthy ways to cope. For the recovering addict, these problems, if not corrected, could result in relapse. For this reason, our program is designed to help clients find effective methods for addressing these feelings or situations to enhance their ability to cope.
How to Get the Most Out of Counseling
Unfortunately, the stigma about counseling groups makes it difficult for some clients to trust that this form of therapy will be beneficial, however, there are some things that can help maximize the chance for an effective outcome:
- willingness to participate
- honesty with everyone
- asking for help or advice
- self-disclosure should be comfortable as well as challenging
- each person in the group is equally important
- avoid holding back too much
- give feedback to others
- be patient
Recovering from addiction is a step-by-step process, and at Best Drug Rehabilitation, we have crafted our program to help clients achieve each goal at their own pace. Our compassionate staff and counselors are there each step of the way to offer encouragement and support daily. None of our clients are left to feel alone or insignificant during their time in our care.
Getting a Grip on Life
Counseling, also known as talk therapy, helps clients set goals for their future. They learn how to take personal responsibility for their actions and take a firm grip on how they respond to life’s daily ups and downs. They learn to let go of self-defeating beliefs and attitudes that affect how they respond to family, friends, or employers in any given situation. Once they discover the real reasons for their inclination to abuse drugs or alcohol, they feel a sense of peace at knowing there is another way to live. Everyone has problems, and how we react to those problems is the key to success or failure in life. At Best Drug Rehabilitation, we specifically help clients learn how to face negative situations and control their own reaction.
Compassion and Respect Go a Long Way
Our counselors at Best Drug Rehabilitation are certified and were hired for their unique ability to relate to clients with compassion and respect at all times. Some of our counselors are recovering addicts themselves, and this quality gives them the ability to completely understand a client’s feelings of guilt, shame, or fear and can offer advice or tips that they had success with.
When clients complete our program, we offer aftercare services to help clients reestablish their place in the community. Counselors provide ongoing support and guidance with a number of things such as job placement, housing, financial assistance and many others.
In addition to our certified counselors, Best Drug Rehabilitation has achieved the CARF Accreditation for Residential Treatment: Alcohol and Other Drugs/Addictions (Adults). This accreditation is the result of our commitment to providing and maintaining high quality services, standards, and business practices. What this means to clients is that they can be sure of receiving the most effective, high quality addiction treatment available today.
If you need further information regarding counseling groups or any of our other program options at Best Drug Rehabilitation, please give us a call today. One of our representatives will be happy to answer any questions you have or conduct a confidential assessment to recommend a program best suited for your needs.