Drug and alcohol addiction are diseases that often feel overpowering to those who struggle with them. Addiction can hijack your brain, making it difficult to let go. One of the most effective ways to break free from addiction is a combination of drug or alcohol treatment and counseling.
At Moonlight Mountain Recovery, we believe counseling helps in treating addiction in several ways. Here are some of the benefits of counseling in treating addiction and how it can help you in your recovery.
The Benefits of Counseling in Treating Addiction
Counseling is an integral part of treating addiction. Working with a counselor your trust can provide a safe space for you to address issues surrounding your addiction and provide you with healthy ways to cope and keep moving forward.
Counseling offers many other benefits that are vital to the healing process in recovery such as:
- Recognizing negative behaviors and thoughts – Addiction is often closely linked to negative beliefs and attitudes about yourself as well as the world around you. Counseling can help you to pinpoint the ways these behaviors and thoughts lead you to use in the past and can help you change the way you view drugs and alcohol.
- Learning coping skills – In the past, drugs or alcohol may have been the way you dealt with stressful life situations or pain. In your recovery, it’s essential to develop new ways to cope and counseling can help you to do just that.
- Rebuilding and healing broken relationships – Addiction isn’t a disease that hurts the user. It’s also a disease that impacts people close to you in your life, often leading to feelings of broken trust, neglect, and hurt. In counseling as a part of treating addiction, you can learn the tools for healing broken relationships and moving forward.
- Understanding addiction – Many addicts blame themselves and think their addiction is a moral failing or that they don’t have enough willpower. Counseling helps you to understand the science of addiction and to view it as a disease that can ultimately help you from relapsing.
- Developing a prevention plan for relapse – Through counseling, you can apply the things you learn when you return to your life outside of treatment. Counselors work with you to help develop an action plan to help prevent a relapse.
- Developing a healing relationship – Working with a counselor who truly understands addiction can help to build trust. Ultimately, that allows you to delve into past traumas, issues with family, and any other difficulties that may contribute to your drug and alcohol addiction.
Learn More About Our Idaho Addiction Recovery Programs
It’s important to remember that you’re not in this fight against addiction alone.
At Moonlight Mountain Recovery, we incorporate counseling, both individual and group, into our treatment plans for addiction. We have outpatient and inpatient rehab centers and recovery programs in Pocatello, Nampa and Boise. Contact us today if you’re ready to learn more.