Carolina Counseling Services - Why Therapy Is Essential in Treating Substance Abuse
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- Why Counseling Works in Treating Addiction
Why Therapy Is Essential in Treating Substance Abuse
Prolonged use of addictive substances can impact the brain, altering its structure and function. It is important to note that changes in the brain and its manifestations in behavior may persist even after withdrawal and treatment. This explains why relapse continues as a possibility despite the traumatic complications that substance abuse caused the person in the past.
Addiction is treatable, but the chance of relapse can be fairly high, which is why treatment requires long-term management and follow-up. Detoxification and use of medicines may be necessary in the first phase, but these do little to prevent relapse or long-term addiction. This is what therapy or counseling addresses making it an important integral part of treating substance abuse.
Customized and Integrated Treatment with Counseling
The degree of effects on the brain varies from individual to individual. The problems that made a person turn to addictive substances in the first place are also different. A potentially effective treatment program must consider these multiple needs - associated psychological, social, family, medical, and other problems.
Hence, matching or customizing the interventions to the person’s specific concerns is crucial in the individual’s early recovery and return to normal functioning in the family, place of work and society.
Preventing Relapse: Staying on Therapy
Substance abuse treatment is extensive and complicated, particularly when addiction is intense. For opioid addiction, the relapse rate is high at 85 percent, even a year after withdrawal. To prevent relapse and to stay on the road to recovery for life, it is important to continue therapy or counseling for as long as necessary. You CAN be part of that 15% that does not relapse.
The challenges and needs of a person recovering from substance abuse continually change, which is why it must be continually evaluated and adjusted. In the course of treatment and recovery, and even after, the individual may require changing combinations of counseling. Aside from counseling or psychotherapy, the individual may also need support so that family therapy and parenting instruction become necessary. Most of the time, a continuing care approach after recovery or rehabilitation provides the best lifelong results.
Where to Turn for Help
Remember that relapse does not mean you, the treatment and those helping you failed. The possibility of relapse is very high. The longer and the more intense your substance abuse was, the harder it is to get better and to prevent relapse. But, remember too that it can be prevented by not giving up and by talking to your therapist, particularly when your emotions are running high caused by the same problems that drove you to substance abuse in the beginning.
Rather than lose hope and blame yourself, get back on the wagon fast. Talk to a therapist who understands what you’re going through. In fact, you can be proactive; call Carolina Counseling Services Fuquay-Varina, NC so you’ll have someone to travel with you down the road to a life free from drugs. We are waiting for your call.
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Carolina Counseling Services contracts with Licensed professional counselors/therapists/psychologists that provide a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Carolina Counseling Services Fuquay-Varina contracts with friendly, caring therapists who assist adult individuals, couples, families, and children with resolving issues and getting back to enjoying their lives. Whether you are non-military or military, it will always been a pleasure to work with you. CCS and the independently contracted therapists are able and happy to assist active duty dependents and retired military and their families.
Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services
Counties: Wake County NC
Cities: Fuquay-Varina NC, Holly Springs NC, Angier NC, Duncan NC, Chalybeate Springs NC, Feltonville NC, Garner NC, Kennebec NC, Willow Springs NC, Cokesbury NC, Holland NC, Wilbon NC