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The wide-ranging benefits of drug counselling

A problem shared is a problem halved, as the old saying goes. That’s never been truer than in the context of drug counselling sessions that provide the ultimate therapy for addicts seeking a chance to talk through their problems with a group of supportive peers and professionals who know exactly what they’re going through.

As well as a gradual, structured detox programme, rehab is a pivotal element of drug addiction recovery. Within the rehab process, drug counselling and local drug support groups are an extremely effective means of achieving and maintaining freedom from active addiction. The techniques employed can include individual counselling, group work, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), motivational enhancement therapy (MET) and relapse prevention to name but a few.



Alcohol and drug counselling for treatment of addiction 


Drug counselling and talking therapies

Talking therapies are a form of drug counselling that involve discussing your drug problems.

“This may involve exploring the reasons for your drug use but may focus on what you can do to resist taking drugs or to achieve other positive goals, or may involve a mixture of these,” says FRANK.

“Motivational treatment approaches and cognitive behavioural therapy are well-known therapies, but there are other forms of therapy that are used for drug problems. Depending on the circumstances, in addition to being offered a form of individual therapy, you might be offered group therapy or a period of therapeutic work with your partner or with your family.”

For many problem drugs, talking therapy provided alongside your care plan and other support work is the mainstay of treatment. For example, for cocaine dependence, a talking therapy alongside other support that addresses wider problems is what is most effective

What drug support groups are available?

There are several drug support groups that provide ongoing talking therapy sessions for addicts:

Narcotics Anonymous is a voluntary organisation who’s membership is open to anyone seeking help with a drug problem, regardless of what drug or combination of drugs they have used and irrespective of age, sex, religion, race, creed or class. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using drugs. Their primary service is the weekly local meetings that follow a series of 12 principles and an expectation of complete abstinence. In meetings, members personal experiences with each other to brings about solutions to their problems.

Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other to solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction. Once again, the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and any other mind-altering substances. They also use the Twelve Step recovery method, which involves service to others as a path towards recovery from addiction, and believe that one addict talking to another can provide a level of mutual understanding and fellowship that is hard to obtain through other methods.

SMART Recovery (SMART) is a science-based programme to help people manage their recovery from any type of addictive behaviour. SMART stands for ‘Self Management And Recovery Training’ and helps participants decide whether they have a problem, builds up their motivation to change and offers a set of proven tools and techniques to support recovery.

Make us your first Port of Call. If you, or a loved one, are dealing with addiction we can help you to access the right alcohol rehab or drug treatment centre. Take the first step today by speaking to one of our advisers for free on 08000029010.

About the author: Alex Molyneux

Alex is our admissions team leader. Over the last 5 years he has spoken with more than 10,000 people via our helpline and has organised over 1,000 detox and rehabilitation placements.

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