There are different methods or programs offered to people who wish to start fresh and live a better life, a life free of addiction problems. All of these strategies share one thing in common – they all start with counseling.

Importance of Counseling

Counseling is the first step to curing any addiction problem. Without undergoing this phase, the following steps will be less effective. It is through council where the patient needs are identified, where goals and objectives are predefined, and where the patient-professional relationship begins. Cutting off this important process disables the expert in accurately planning the care plan that best meets the patient’s needs and demands.

It is also through counseling where key problems are identified. What obstacles will the staff anticipate later on? Will they have the necessary equipment, training, and resources to correct these issues? By entering into a thorough counseling session, an expert is able to evaluate underlying problems, possible symptoms, and additional precautionary measures that we should take when providing care.

Council is also an essential component of therapy. It gives both parties a chance to provide dialogue to each other and thereby clarify any blurry lines that may become roadblocks later on.

What To Expect When Attending Counseling

Council involves different facets including behavioral therapy, family counseling, and other therapeutic approaches that can assist individuals in recouping from substance abuse and alcohol addiction. Long-term treatment is the aim of these services. Psychotherapy can also cure other mental ailments that usually contribute to over-the-counter medication.

Psychological and social stressors are often potent stimuli for prescription medication relapse. Stress, particularly spontaneous life dilemmas, are a common causative agent for relapse. Social network and peer pressure are also factors that pull sober people into doing drugs and alcohol again. Similarity in environments, such as your old neighborhood, could also stimulate a sudden addiction relapse.

There is also two kinds of council services – individual and group. Each has its own set of benefits and may be better suited for varying situations and client circumstances. Group therapy is basically more preferred over its individual counterpart. Results seem to be at a higher rate for people who join council groups than for those who are admitted to individual sessions. The use of medication is also minimized as this can trigger addiction relapses.

Common Misconceptions About Counseling

When it comes to counseling and therapy, there are many misconceptions.One of the first misconceptions about counseling is that it is only for “crazy” people. However, many individuals who see a counselor or therapist are bright, happy and healthy. Aside from that “crazy” is an improper term for those who are suffering from addiction or another mental illness. A counselor is just an educated and trained individual who is there to listen to another individual talk, and to help them through their difficult situation. Another major misconception about counseling is the counselor is someone who just sits there, nodding their head and not even really paying attention. At Recovery Restart, this is never the case.

The counselor is there to help out with the situation and to pinpoint the problem. The counselor is there to listen, and ultimately help the individual through what is going on in their life. While listening is an important part of the process, so is talking and conversing throughout the entire session. Many people don’t want to go to counseling because they don’t want other people knowing they are going to counseling. The only people who will know are the people they will tell, so it’s up to them who knows and who doesn’t. Everything between the person and the counselor stays between them and the counselor. When going into a counseling session as a joint group, one of the most common major misconceptions about counseling, at least in terms of group sessions, is the counselor is always going to make one individual the villain in the group. The counselor is there to hear both sides of the discussion and what is going on. Because of this, there is not going to be a villain, and while some members are going to require a bit more assistance in correcting issues than others, the counselor is there to help with this particular situation and to make sure there is always a way to work out the problem so everyone wins in the end.

Individual Counseling

Counseling is one of the most important phases in the treatment process. Patients are asked to seek counsel before, during, and after treatment. This is done for early detection of possible obstacles, creation of individual treatment plan, and for accurate prognosis. Rehabilitation centers offer two main kinds of of counseling – group and individual counseling – each has its own merits.

Individual counseling is said to be more reliable and effective in long-term treatment of addiction as opposed to group counseling. Because a patient gets one-on-one sessions with a professional, more problems are addressed and the clearer these problems are brought to the staff’s attention.

Individual counseling is also beneficial for the person’s mind. It stimulates peace and a positive disposition towards the person’s life. They are able to get problems and failures off their chest. This leads to a more determined and strong approach to getting better and completely eradicating substance abuse from their lifestyle.

Through individual counseling, a person is able to learn new behavioral patterns and skills that not only helps them avoid the temptations but also improve the overall quality of life. For example, the patient can learn a new hobby, such as knitting or cooking, during his stay in the center.

The physical dangers of sudden withdrawal from certain substances are also bypassed through individual counseling. Many patients suffer from symptoms brought up by their body’s dependence on the drugs they formerly took. With 24/7 trained personnel monitoring you or your loved one, you can guarantee immediate response during spontaneous onset of symptoms.

Group Counseling

With so many eyes and ears paying attention, and so many insights waiting to be revealed, there’s a great deal of strength of spirit in the group. Group counseling has been compared to family dynamics, the members forming strong bonds of understanding with each other. These people have experienced events that have shaken them to their very core. With therapist led discussion, every person in the group will discover unpleasant facts about themselves, weaknesses too, but they’ll also learn new ways to handle trauma, eventually releasing pent up emotions in a cathartic release. The group accepts and supports all of its members.

Each group can be tailored for general therapy or specially created for specific problems, such as addictive behavior, trauma or grief release. From anger management to suicidal thoughts, group counseling offers help and support for all.

Group counseling does more than bring the desperate and despairing together to realize they’re not alone. The therapist designs the group to hold patients from different stages of treatment, illustrating the very real progress people make, showing there is hope for the future.

Spiritual Counseling

There exists a need in each of us for purpose and completion. We want to live our lives, learn about the world we live in and begin relationships with others. To feel whole and interact with those around us, we combine the physical aspects of the body with the mental attributes of the mind, bonding all of those characteristics of self with our unique spiritual nature. But all of those aspects are susceptible to the demands of a full life. Stress touches our mental faculties, moves on to weaken us physically and eventually undermines our very spiritual nature.

Spiritual counseling attends to the core of that nature, it’s a salve to the deepest recesses of our emotional selves. Physical therapy can strengthen the body and lend us energy. Balanced diets restore nutrition that’s converted into energy, while the mind finds focus through oxygenated blood, calmness through relaxation and meditation. Therapy for the spirit is much the same, acknowledging a need for nurture.

Spirituality touches every part of the self, affecting the way we react to friends and family. Feelings of alienation, disconnection and depression rise when our spirits aren’t nurtured. The practices of yoga and mindful relaxation may seem esoteric to some, but they’re a few of the surest ways to reconnect spiritually, to remember that we’re vibrant, social creatures in need of touch and love.

We’re so often asked by work and duty to be unemotional automatons, eventually believing this is fact. We bury feelings deep until they erupt as frustrated, confused rage. Even when buried, feelings can’t be ignored. They cause depression, unexplained periods of crying and irritability. A fertile mind latches on to other reasons for the feelings, perhaps explaining the sensation as being inadequate or angry at an item of news online.

The guidance of an experienced spiritual counseling service isn’t just about working through traditional therapy sessions and reaching plateau’s of self-realization. Spiritual counseling therapy awakens an individual to their emotional nature. Serious trauma and grief are faced in a safe environment, teaching the patient new coping skills necessary to endure and move on. While many people naturally possess the ability to deal with such trauma, others lack the emotional tools to meet complex feelings head-on. Spiritual counseling introduces the building blocks of emotional perspective, a new way of perceiving and handling emotions. Destructive habits and addictions often fall away once a patient begins making spiritual connections. It can be a painful, cleansing experience, exorcising old emotional demons and feeling whole for the first time since they were a child.

Faith is an important element, whether in the beauty of nature or a supreme creator. Embrace this faith and allow barriers to be broken down. We resist connecting to our spirituality and need to be reminded of the benefits of moving beyond our emotionally crippled selves. Spiritual counseling utilizes compassionate listening, alternative perspectives, grounding exercises, meditation and music to create new intuitive insights, ending addictions and destructive behavior.

PTSD Counseling

When people are exposed to a traumatic incident, such as a car accident, weather related catastrophe or witnessing a crime, after a short period of time they will be able to move on with no long-term side effect of symptoms. However, a small percentage of these individuals will have longer-term effects and in some cases a diagnosable condition known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD also affects a high percentage of people who have been exposed to violence directly, as in war time combat or being the direct victim of a crime such as a mugging or rape. For people battling PTSD they know just how crippling the symptoms can be. Some of the major symptoms of PTSD are re-experiencing of the trauma, flashbacks, difficulty concentrating, agitation, depression, avoidance of people and places, inability to sleep and not wanting to leave the house. In most cases these symptoms will appear within three months of the trauma, although in a small number of cases the symptoms can appear later. The severity of symptoms varies from moderate to severe and can completely limit an individual’s ability to function normally within society.

Treatment options range from medication therapies, traditional talk therapy to more specific PTSD Counseling. Medication therapies can include one or a combination of antipsychotics, antidepressants, anti-anxiety and medications that aid in sleep. A psychiatrist can help determine what combination or medication is warranted.