In this latest blog, Port of Call gives you five compelling reasons why addiction counselling with a qualified drug rehab centre could change your world for the better.
5. Talking can lift a weight off your shoulders
A problem shared is a problem halved as they say. It might be a cliché but it can certainly be a huge relief to talk to someone about your addiction. Keeping it to yourself, bottling up your emotions, and burying your head in the sand, can often be a surefire route to relapse. Sometimes talking to a professional – as daunting as it might initially seem – is easier than talking through your addiction issues with family and friends. You can talk in complete confidence, without fear of recriminations or judgement. It could be the best thing you ever do.
4. You’ll gain newfound ways to cope and manage
Part of the problem in the first place for many addicts is that alcohol and drugs have become a coping mechanism in their own right. They help you to forget, numb the emotions and turn down the volume for a while. Unfortunately, they merely serve to mask the actual issue and can eventually make matters worse. By speaking to a counsellor you can work together to form positive coping strategies that help you to address difficult issues without turning to drink or drugs. There are lots of effective strategies out there, like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), that could make all the difference to your way of thinking.
3. It could help you to address underlying issues
For many people, a destructive relationship with alcohol or drugs is symptomatic of a greater, underlying problem. That might be a major life trauma or it could be a more subliminal issue that is harder to quantify. Whatever the case, speaking to a professional addiction counsellor can be hugely beneficial. Ultimately, they can help you to pinpoint what is causing your anxiety. Finding ways to address those so called ‘demons’ can really help to improve your outlook on life and, as a result, eradicate your need to abuse substances.
2. You might find that you enjoy learning from and helping others
As part of the rehab process, you might inevitably speak and listen to other addicts going through a similar experience to you. These group therapy sessions can be extremely powerful and are often cited as key factors in people’s recoveries. Imagine how reassuring it is to hear that you are not alone with your addiction and that everyday people like you are going through exactly the same thing. They want to help you and, in turn, you might find you want to help them. That kind of solidarity can be vitally important to the recovery process.
1. It should improve your relationships with the people that matter most
A direct consequence of the four aforementioned benefits is that you should notice your relationships with others improve. Your parents, spouses, children, friends and colleagues all want to see you get better. Hopefully, with new and improved coping strategies, a greater willingness to communicate, and some attention paid to any deep-seated issues, you’ll be better equipped to rebuild those connections and simply enjoy being with the people who matter most.
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