Published on January 23rd, 2013 | by Guest


What To Look For When Looking For A Substance Abuse Counselor

Counseling is considered as an effective therapy to cure erratic behaviors and mental health problems associated with drug abuse. The different consequences both legal and personal are a hindrance to anyone trying to recover from the abuse. Substance abuse therapists use a combination of behavioral and pharmacological treatments is used to address the problem. You will find that the majority of these counselors are former drug users and will be helpful in offering assistance in giving the right program.

The treatment plan will depend on various factors depending on the level of addiction and the abused substance. For instance, if the resulting side effect is depression, then the therapist will use a depression guide to ensure that the treatment is effective. It is important to make sure you know what you need to look out for when in search of a therapist:

  • Positive empathy is one of the things that you should really look in a substance abuse therapist. You should look for someone who is able to engage you in a professional and meaningful manner. If the individuals seeking therapy are teenagers, empathy will go a long way in making them open up and be honest about what they are going through. No matter how hard a teenager acts, it will be hard to continue being cold to someone who genuinely shows concern.
  • It is important for the therapist to have a good level of accountability even if they are required to show empathy. This means that patient does not deviate from the recovery plan and to ensure that they have a support system. Where children are concerned parents also need to show accountability if they really want their children to recover.
  • During your initial therapy session, you should ensure that the therapist has a clear and well set out plan on how to help you recover. This is a great way to know how well the therapist plans therapy sessions.
  • It is important to be open to the strategies and approaches that the therapists suggest because whatever your friends or family have tried has not worked. If you are uncomfortable with the suggestions, then you can work closely with the therapist to come up with new ideas or modify them to what you fill can suit you. However, you should note that the final decision lies with the therapist because after all, that is the expert.



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