Drug and Alcohol Counselors help clients overcome their addiction challenges through counseling and interventions. They help identify behavioral patterns and work with therapists to create strategies for treatment. They also help individuals to learn and develop strategies for relapse prevention so they can build a strong foundation for recovery. Counselors may also work with family members to help the healing process move forward. Many drug and alcohol counselors have had their own experience, whether personally or through a family member. This can offer a great deal of reassurance and validation to clients in the counseling process because counselors are able to identify and empathize with them. It also enables counselors to build trust and rapport with clients which can open up new pathways for healing, so they can offer guidance through the difficult challenges that individuals are facing. Lastly, counselors can be a great resource for finding other support systems to help individuals pursue other interests in their new-found life of recovery.
Drug and alcohol treatment has become highly generic in its approach to helping people recover. Not because they are greedy and selfish and heartless (well, some are), but because they need to meet their bottom line and keep their doors open. Running a rehab is expensive, plain and simple. However, in this process of keeping “heads on beds”, the individual who is struggling gets thrown into a system of care that is designed to help the masses, but isn’t actually doing a lot to provide care for each specific person, based on their situation.See how we are different