Who Needs Drug Abuse Counseling?

Counseling therapy is mainly carried out by qualified counselors and psychotherapists. Patients undergoing counseling therapies for problems related to substance abuse may or may not recover successfully, but this depends on the individual addict. Professional drug abuse counselors can help an addicted user to learn strategies for dealing with their problem that can be applied to real life situations. Following what they learn during counseling sessions will enable the patients recover fully.

Counseling programs offered usually depend on the severity of addiction and the type of drug being consumed. There are two main approaches to counseling: individual and group counseling. The patient is encouraged to choose the approach that they feel most comfortable with and that they are most motivated to pursue. Factors such as cost, relation with the counselor, accountability, support and counseling techniques can play roles in selection of counseling therapy.

Who Needs Drug Abuse Counseling?

First – counseling programs are offered to drug addicts to help them understand the behaviors that have led to addiction. Often, people quickly develop tolerance to a drug that they frequently consume, and they may be taking large quantities of a substance despite knowing that it can cause them harm. Those who have become addicted to a substance may experience uncomfortable side effects caused by the drug. If they are very dependent upon the substance, they may develop odd behaviors, or become involved in criminal activities to support their habits, perhaps going as far as stealing from their own family members. They may engage in risky behavior by driving under the influence of drugs, having unprotected sex and if they are injecting, exposing themselves to dirty needles to administer the drug.

These risky behaviors make them vulnerable to accidents and sexually transmitted diseases. They may also experience isolation from their family and close friends, breaking off their relationships with those who – perhaps in an effort to help them – talk about or disclose their addiction. Addicted users may be inclined to neglect their responsibilities at work and home, and to have insufficient money to take care of their families. Their performance at work or school may fall, and they may begin to lie about the quantity of substance consumed, and develop a desire to build a supply.

Through comprehensive counseling, they are encouraged to recognize the pattern of behavior they have fallen into, to acknowledge it and to make a commitment to transforming their behavior. They may also be encouraged to build broken relationships, make new friends who do not use drugs and develop new interests and hobbies.

Second – Counseling programs are ideal for adolescents and young people. Many of those who abuse drugs are very young, because they can access the drugs at home, from local drug stores, from their peers, online or from black markets or through other illegal means. Young people are also subject to peer pressure. Some decide to use drugs for recreation, to reduce stress or simply to feel ‘cool’.

Once these young people have developed a pattern of drug use and abuse, their performance at school is likely to drastically decline, and their general behavior may become erratic and irrational. Counseling programs offered at learning institutions can be an effective resource in reducing addiction among young people.

Third – Counseling therapy should be provided to family members. Parents are also encouraged to take responsibility by cautioning their children against the dangers of the drug. They should also influence their children by not taking the drugs themselves.

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