Can Counseling Replace Treatment?

When people give up their drug or alcohol addictions, they will struggle for a long time to cope and are constantly learning about themselves, good and bad. An experienced addiction counselor must help newly recovering people gently and slowly unveil the dark and lighter sides of a clean and sober existence.

Healing from addiction is not just about the number of years someone acquires but what they are realizing about themselves. Counselors are trained and educated to guide personal growth and development. Peers and family support are important, but an expert will utilize behavioral therapy methods, trauma-based practices for counseling, and other specialized methods to give the person what they will need to survive.

Why Treatment For Addiction Is Necessary

Addiction is a complex disease that centers on the mind and then, emotions. It causes people to lose control over their use of some substance, despite worsening consequences of that use. Additionally, addiction, also called a substance use disorder, can often be fatal. It must be understood that there is nothing moral or willpower-related about someone’s lack of ability to fight an addiction. It is a highly complex and debilitating disorder.

Even if they want to, people who are addicted to drugs cannot give it up. This is because drugs and alcohol have brain-altering properties and stopping is a matter of mental health as well as physical health. Therefore, recovering individuals need lifelong support that begins with a specialized and evidence-based treatment program.

According to research, most people who get into and remain in treatment stop using drugs, decrease their criminal activity, and improve their occupational, social, and psychological functioning. (NIDA)

Counseling As A Replacement For Treatment?

Counseling is a vital component to any person healing from why they used or drank and how to react to life and others without substances. Most people who use drugs and alcohol need both treatment and counseling. Ideally, a person attends an evidence-based treatment program that includes counseling, and when they finish, they continue with a counselor for some years after. However, some people with less history of addiction can be supported by a counselor and not go to inpatient treatment.

The guarantee for long-term recovery is more likely with treatment and counseling after, but every person has unique needs, and addiction is different for everyone. We at Aria Florida provide treatment with expert-led counseling for the individual and for small groups.

Who Should Get Both?

Any person who has or is struggling with addiction needs ongoing counseling and usually several tries at a treatment program. Addiction is tough to overcome. Less than 2% of people who quit drinking or drugging make it to five years clean and sober. Each newly recovering addict or alcoholic needs help to understand what they are up against. Drugs and alcohol are only the numbing agents.

The person who wants not to feel has serious emotional damage that needs professional help. Once a person is established at treatment, remaining with a counselor through aftercare programs is perfect. Call our clinical staff to learn about Aria’s comprehensive treatment programs that start with detox and provide lifelong aftercare support.

What Types Of Counseling Best Help Addicts?

An essential type of counseling that all addicts require is cognitive-behavioral therapy. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states why CBT is effective for helping establish recovery.

COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY (CBT) WAS FIRST DEVELOPED AS A METHOD TO PREVENT RELAPSE.  COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL STRATEGIES ARE BASED ON THE THEORY THAT LEARNING PROCESSES PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE IN DEVELOPING MALADAPTIVE BEHAVIORAL PATTERNS LIKE SUBSTANCE ABUSE. INDIVIDUALS IN CBT LEARN TO IDENTIFY AND CORRECT PROBLEMATIC BEHAVIORS BY APPLYING A RANGE OF DIFFERENT SKILLS THAT CAN BE USED TO STOP DRUG ABUSE AND TO ADDRESS A RANGE OF OTHER PROBLEMS THAT OFTEN CO-OCCUR WITH IT. (NIDA)

Why Should I Choose Aria Florida For Treatment And Counseling?

Addiction Recovery Institute of America in Florida understands that no two individuals suffering from addiction are alike. For this reason, we carefully tailor each of our drug and alcohol treatment programs to meet the individual needs of our clients. Whether you need detox servicesresidential programs for recovery, or outpatient servicesARIA has the solution for you. We rely on behavioral therapy methods like CBTdialectical behavioral therapy, holistic treatment, and in-depth counseling.

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