How Substance Abuse Counselors Can Help

woman talking to a substance abuse counselor

How Substance Abuse Counselors Can Help

By Lakeview Health
Lakeview Health
Published: September 29, 2016

Counselors and therapists of any kind help individuals, couples and families deal with emotional, mental and social issues going on in their lives. In fact, everyone has these problems, and no one is free from stress, sadness, frustration or anger. What substance abuse counselors does is more nuanced. These individuals are specifically trained to deal with those individuals who have addictions. In fact, many counselors in the field of addiction have been addicts themselves in the past. Many people think that addiction is a moral issue, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Addiction is a disease, and counselors of addiction treat this disease. Substance abuse counselors know that addiction isn’t an issue of willpower or lack thereof. As with any disease, diagnosing it and treating it requires experienced individuals.

What Does Professional Drug Treatment Actually Do?

Because those going through addictions can have serious mental health issues, counselors may end up working one on one to dig through these problems in addition to the addiction itself. This is called dual diagnosis treatment. For example, when someone who is addicted to heroin also has clinical depression, the counselor will help that individual with both of these issues. But addiction counselors do more than just that. Addiction counselors also help patients in the following ways:

  • Offer support when times are tough
  • Help patients notice denial
  • Stand by patients for support as they dig through their past of addiction
  • Help patients notice patterns in their lives that may have led to addiction
  • Look at the benefits of sobriety with the patient
  • Help patients get back on their feet after relapse

Lakeview Health’s Substance Abuse Counselors Can Help With Your Addiction

Lakeview Health is ready to help you with your substance abuse struggles. We offer both medically monitored detox and residential treatment programs for men and women, and we’ll be sure to pair your with a qualified substance abuse counselor. Our treatment programs cater to the individual, and we even have track plans that are specifically designed for women and those that are specifically designed for men. Within all of our treatment programs, we offer a number of social resources, programs in coping skills, dual diagnosis, family therapy, nutritional counseling and physical fitness programs. To help offer a holistic approach to recovery, we have equine therapy, music therapy, yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices and much more. When you’re ready to begin a program, you can talk with our addiction counselors to pick a track plan that’s right for you. We even have relapse prevention programs and aftercare when you finish your treatment plan with us. At Lakeview Health, we’re committed to helping you kick your substance abuse habits once and for all. Freedom from addiction is possible, but it starts with you taking that first step. Give Lakeview Health a call today at (866) 704-7692 and see what your future holds for you.