How can Addiction Counselling help?
Addiction Counselling can be undertaken in myriad forms, most commonly in a one-on-one setting, but also a couple and group format. Regardless of the modality, it provides clients with a great opportunity to discuss their e problem in its entirety, be it substance issues, behavioural challenges or any other situation that has a profound impact on their life as well as the lives of those they care about.
Addiction Counselling refers to a highly specialised type of counselling that considers problematic use of a behaviour or substance as merely a symptom of deeper underlying issues. First and foremost, it assesses addictive and problematic aspects of one’s life. Following a holistic yet incisive evaluation of the underlying challenges confronting the individual (or group of individuals), a system treatment plan is developed with a view to aid the individual in accomplishing their personal goals.
Addiction Counselling is essentially a restorative and facilitative process that empowers people to overcome anxiety and personal fears that they may be experiencing at a given point in time. It is unique in that it helps individuals directly at their point of need, enabling them to identify proactive steps that they can take immediately to improve their lives. It undertakes a comprehensive exploration of the underlying contributors of addictive behaviour and allows people to attain a level of maturity that accelerates their recovery. It assists people in:
- Strengthening self-worth.
- Finding positive ways of managing stressful emotions and events.
- Outlining practical steps to deal with behavioural and substance triggers.
- Developing skills to deal with cravings.
- Helping clients rebuild trust and productive relationships with others.
- Enabling individuals to become responsible and ensure their compliance with treatment plans.
The counsellor’s role is to catalyze the client’s growth in a manner that is consistent with their core values and personal resources, thus facilitating a process of lifelong recovery.