The Role Counseling Plays in Your Recovery

The Role Counseling Plays in Your Recovery

When you are in recovery for addiction to drugs like Adderall, there will be times when talking with a counselor is your primary form of treatment. This is called talk therapy or psychotherapy and has been proven to be very beneficial for those who struggle with addiction. In many ways, a counselor is the leader in your recovery by establishing that you receive the best treatment for your addiction. There are several specific ways a counselor helps you in your treatment including the following:

A Counselor Provides You With Support

A critical part of the recovery process is support. A counselor has been trained—often over a number of years—to be able to aid you with your recovery. If you go to a substance abuse counselor, the individual has experience specifically in that area, and this will be very helpful in your recovery. He or she knows how you feel. When you are open and honest about the struggles you are having with substance abuse, you won’t surprise the counselor. You can have open, honest communication with your counselor.

It is important for patients to recognize that experiencing some craving is normal and quite common. Craving does not mean something is wrong or that the patient really wants to resume drug use.[1] He or she will give you practical actions and exercises you can do to help when you feel cravings. In many cases, the relationship between a counselor and a patient can be compared to the relationship between a teacher and a student. The teacher aids the student who is continually growing, learning and making some mistakes along the way.

A Counselor Gives You Additional Insight

When you talk to a counselor, you find another perspective. Instead of just relying on your emotions—which are often swayed by how you feel at a specific moment in time—the counselor gives you new information that can help you make better decisions. This is in part because a counselor can see things from a distance that you cannot see on your own. For example, you may be participating in drug use, like with Adderall, as a way to cope with the stress you have from your job or a relationship with someone. Your tone may change when speaking or even your body language can shift and you do not notice it. A good counselor will pick up on these things. Even if you are saying something, your body—say your facial features—could be saying something entirely different. This is because our needs, feelings, thoughts, emotions and intentions are processed elegantly by what is known as the limbic system of the brain. For example when someone tells you bad news, your lip may start to quiver or your mouth may open.

A Counselor Provides You With a Patient Ear

In many cases, a counselor will ask you a question and then spend the majority of their time listening to your response. This is normal. Go through the process of talking about how you feel and even going on what you normally would call a tangent. Your responses can often give you some of the answers you are looking for. You can also empty your thoughts out, and this will help you feel better through sorting out any mental clutter in your mind. After you answer the questions, the counselor typically will have more insight into the situation.

A Counselor Holds You Accountable

Accountability is often a confusing term. What it really means is the act of holding someone responsible for their actions. With a counselor, this is shown in open communication instead of judgmental confrontation. A good counselor will not condemn or condescend if you are facing struggles with addictive behavior to drugs like Adderall. Instead, the counselor will give practical advice and apply different strategies to help the individual. This could mean finding the source of the trigger or craving or even making suggestions for how you can stay sober instead pursuing old habits.

Finding a good counselor that you can be open and honest with is a critical step in the treatment process. Remember, recovery is a lifelong process, so it is not a quick fix. When you find a good counselor you will have a very valuable relationship that aids your recovery. If you do not have a counselor but would like to talk with one, please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline. You will speak to a substance abuse counselor that understands any struggles you are facing with addiction. If you have any specific questions about what to expect in the recovery process, our counselors will be glad to answer those questions as well. You have no obligation on your part, and the only thing that will be asked of you is some basic demographic information and what prompted the call. Please get the help you need so you can move forward in your recovery.

[1] A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach: Treating Cocaine Addiction

[2] Body Language Basics. Navarro, Joe. Published August 10th, 2011.

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