Family Counseling [250 words keywords: family counseling]
Drug and alcohol addiction affects the whole family and creates a dysfunctional system. The result of it being that in order to cope, family members often unknowingly take on roles that are in themselves dysfunctional, and this is a trigger that drives their loved one further into the abyss of alcohol and drug use, and adds more damage to the family unit, and its members. Family counseling is recommended, not just when an addict member decides to call it quits, but it is particularly helpful in the midst of a loved one’s addiction. Watching a loved one on the path of self-destruction is a difficult situation, and knowing what to do, and how to do it, becomes a critical factor, especially because family support plays a major role in the successful recovery of an addict. Family counseling provides awareness and education to deal with the stress associated with a loved one who is in active use, or when they are in recovery.
The Counseling Center offers family counseling, provided by certified professionals, to help and assist the whole family manage the stress caused by addiction. Points addressed during family counseling include, identifying underlying issues and ways to resolve these, opening communication and re-establishing a sense of trust and unity, identifying enabling conditions and the application of “tough love” and knowing when intervention is necessary. Whether you are the parents, the spouse, the children, or the recovering member, addiction is a family disease and family counseling will have a positive impact to prevent relapse.
Group Counseling [250 words keywords: group counseling, group therapy]
The purpose of recovery treatment is to help an addict identify the emotions and the thoughts that trigger their habit, and find and apply healthier ways to manage the difficulties that will invariably arise in life. Group counseling is a part of the addiction recovery treatment provided by The Counseling Center, and involves a therapist, and a small group of less than 10 people who are at a similar point in recovery. The hardest part of recovery is abstinence, and being in a group therapy session with other people allows an individual to hear others’ experiences and how they coped with them, and learn and apply the information through interaction.
In group counseling, being around other people who are struggling with the same issues, reduces feelings of isolation and loneliness, reduces feelings of guilt, stress and pain, helps interpersonal skills, and builds a support network. Some of the topics discussed during group counseling include recognizing triggers and avoiding them, dealing with difficult people, resolving conflicts that arise in relationships, and managing unexpected and common stressors. Group therapy also provides a platform for an individual to learn skills such as communication and listening, teamwork, empathy, and other aptitudes that in turn will come in handy for rebuilding relationships, or dealing with employers and coworkers. The combination of individual and group therapy together, provides a strong foundation for someone who has taken the step to become free of alcohol or drug addiction. Many relationships forged during group counseling turn into mutually supportive and positive life-long friendships.
Individual Counseling – [250 Words keywords: Individual Counseling/therapy]
Individual counseling is an important part of recovery for an individual ready to start a new life. The person may find difficulty bringing to the surface situations they are reluctant to share because they find them shameful. They may have had experiences sharing sensitive details with friends or family who later used this information to judge or criticize. This prevents the patient from analyzing their problem and learning from the experience, and moving forward. Individual counseling involves only the therapist and the patient, and this environment offers the patient the safety of discussing sensitive details the patient must overcome, without the fear of judgement. During your recovery treatment at The Counseling Center you will receive individual therapy once a week from accredited and experienced counselors, in a safe space, and with an understanding of privacy.
Individual therapy is an effective method of treatment because it establishes a personal, private connection between the therapist, who holds a position of trust, and the patient, who can externalize without fear of judgement, the problems associated with their addiction. An individual may not feel comfortable sharing for example, a history of abuse, with a group of people, yet this information may be a key to the person’s recovery and they are more likely to be honest about it during individual counseling with their therapist. The advice and guidance the patient receives from their therapist are critical during recovery. The privacy of individual therapy encourages patients to be more honest about their experiences or their feelings. This is a vital step in recovery.
Marital Counseling [250 words keywords: marriage counseling] Strong and close family relationships are essential for a successful addiction recovery, especially spousal support. The problem is that alcohol and drug addiction introduces mistrust, financial and sometimes legal stressors, and related strains that damage, and results in dysfunctional relationships that at worst are beyond repair, and at best become difficult to sort out as a couple, even after alcohol and drugs are no longer involved. This is when marriage counseling comes in. In a marital relationship, family and financial goals are a team effort. Drugs and alcohol cost money, and when one of the partners is spending money on these, they are affecting financial goals – sometimes critically, and they hide the fact. When the issue comes to the surface, the result is anger, resentment and mistrust. There’s also the added negative consequence of driving under the influence and the legal implications, or getting fired from a job. Marriage counseling during treatment recovery covers these, and other issues. The marriage therapy offered at The Counseling Center offers the assistance of accredited therapists specializing in marriage counseling to address the stress and negative fallout that addiction has caused the marriage. In many cases this stress cause one, or both partners to look for an easy way out by drinking or consuming drugs, while the other partner may ignore or look away, also as an easy fix mechanism. Marriage counseling helps a couple open up communication to share difficult issues without backlash, addresses enabling behavior and guides the couple toward a healthy relationship.