If you’re suffering from addiction, you might feel like there’s nowhere to turn for help. As of 2013, a little over eight percent of the population was struggling with addiction, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Only a small fraction of those people sought help or treatment. An addiction counselor can be a life-saving measure to those who increasingly feel out of control and out of options.
What Is An Addiction Counselor?
An addiction counselor is someone trained in the treatment of those suffering from addiction. They work with patients who have various dependencies from heroin to prescription drugs, to marijuana. They are typically employed by hospitals, mental health centers, private practice clinics, detention centers, drug rehab facilities or detox centers. Addiction counselors are generally required to have some a state certification and usually a college degree in psychology or counseling.
Drug abuse counselors work in the following types of therapy:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Contingency management
- Motivational interviewing
- Family therapy.
How Can An Addiction Counselor Help?
Addiction counselors work with patients in therapy settings, such as at a detox clinic. They work with the patient in order to find the root cause of the addiction and coping skills to deal with life after drugs or alcohol. The counselor works with the patient to formulate a personalized treatment plan that takes them from detox to rehab and continued sober aftercare. Counselors help patients understand more about the disease of addiction and what factors contribute to it. Even though many patients begin treatment with detox, the initial and ensuing counseling is very important to continuing treatment and eventual sober recovery.
Drug abuse counselors may also recommend additional treatment and therapy as the patient’s needs require.
Meet With An Addiction Counselor In Medical Detox
Depending on the nature of your addiction, medical detox is a common first step toward recovery. Detox removes the toxins from your body and allows you to get through withdrawal safely and securely. When you enter detox at Serenity House Detox in Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach, Florida, you will meet with a substance abuse counselor to explore your situation and create a treatment plan. Even though detox is only the start of addiction treatment, it’s a very important start to the withdrawal process.
Serenity House Detox has the following targeted detox programs:
- Gender specific detox
- Meth detox
- Alcohol detox
- Painkiller and prescription pain pill detox
- Affordable detox
- Heroin and other narcotics drug detox.
For information about drug detox, alcohol detox and rehab, give Serenity House Detox a call at 866-294-5306. We will use all means at our disposal, including addiction counseling, to help you stop addiction from controlling your life.