What Does an Addiction Counselor Do?
Two types of counselors deal with addictions: mental health counselors and substance abuse counselors. Mental health counselors usually help individuals or groups with a wider variety of issues including depression, stress, and sometimes addiction or substance abuse.
Substance abuse counselors focus their entire practice on people with addictions. Their clients may have problems with drugs, alcohol, gambling, or even eating disorders. A lot of times they hold group sessions for addicts or their families, or run programs dedicated to preventing addictions.
Holistic Therapy uniquely teaches clients how to safely experience depression, anxiety, and other painful states while learning ways to manage the negative thoughts and destructive behavior that sabotage recovery from addiction.
Those suffering from addictions habitually engage in compulsive behaviors to avoid feelings of depression, anxiety, and other distressing mood states. Holistic Therapy offers opportunities to safely experience painful emotions while learning ways to manage destructive thoughts and behaviors.
Many addiction recovery treatment programs focus on the distorted thinking and destructive behavior of the addict with less attention to the underlying depression and anxiety that drive negative thoughts and behavior. At best, addicts in treatment might attend lectures and participate in groups where speakers and participants talk about and share these feelings, but they seldom offer sufficient opportunities for addicts to directly and safely experience what they are feeling and to creatively manage their feelings. (more…)
Long term alcohol withdrawal can proceed for years, and a major and problematic symptom of this withdrawal in lingering insomnia. Insomnia is created out of the legacy of poor sleep while using, and also as a result of brain changes from addiction, and insomnia correlates highly with relapse.
When we’re tired we get irritable and stressed; and it’s far easier to give into temptation in a moment of weakness. Clinical research supports what logic tells us, and sleeping problems are significantly correlated with greater rate of relapse.
Too many people equate the end of a physical addiction and the end of a period of detoxification off of drugs or alcohol as the end of recovery, and due to this misconception, far too many people endure the pains of detox on many occasions.
What is detox?
To detox means to rid the body of the lingering physical metabolites of the drug of abuse, and although the time needed for this can vary with the drug of abuse, between a few days and a week is long enough for most of the symptoms to disperse for most drugs. True detox actually continues for months, as the body slowly adjusts to sobriety and regulates processes damaged through addiction; and some symptoms of long term withdrawal and detox can linger throughout these months(Detox symptoms of common drugs).
But detox is not treatment, and in fact during the days of detox very few people are in any real shape to learn the kinds of things that need to be absorbed for any real chance at sobriety.
Standard nursing communication in today’s pressured work environment is often ineffective at making patients and families feel our caring. The skill of Presence is key and doesn’t take more time. It helps nurses make every moment of connection with the patient precious so their caring comes across loud and clear.
The payoffs: Patients feel their focus and caring, become less anxious and actually heal faster. Nurses connect to their caring mission, and their work becomes more meaningful. (more…)
Relapse prevention identifies the warning signs and symptoms of the process that occurs before returning to drug and-or alcohol use. Relapse prevention is interrupting the forward progress of the drug or alcohol addiction relapse process. Here is what to look for:
The drug or alcohol relapse process has certain signs and symptoms that must be addressed before actual use of drugs and alcohol reoccurs. Relapse prevention is all about interrupting the process prior to use..