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Is Individual Counseling Important in Overcoming Opioid Addiction?

by Nick

If you struggle with opioid addiction, the importance of individual substance abuse counseling cannot be overstated. While medication-assisted treatment (MAT) has proven to be one of the most effective ways to address the cravings and withdrawal symptoms produced by addiction, counseling offers insight into the inner workings of this disease.

Individual counseling for opioid addiction offers a safe place where patients can confront addiction’s hold on their lives and discover that they have the strength to overcome.

The Benefits of Individual Counseling for Substance Use

One could argue that the real work of recovery happens in counseling. Individual counseling involves meeting one-on-one with a trained and certified professional substance use counselor. Working together, you identify and address the issues and trauma lying just under the surface that may have driven you toward using opioids.

While the goals of individual counseling vary from person to person, this service offers incredible benefits.

Creates a Safe Environment

Talking about past trauma and emotional topics can be painful. When you meet one-on-one with an addiction professional, your counselor strives to create an environment of safety and trust where you can open up about everything you’ve felt or experienced without fear of judgment or criticism.

Identify Triggers

It can be challenging to discuss what made you turn to opioids. Through your conversations in individual counseling, your counselor will be able to identify patterns of thought and behavior that may have compelled you to abuse the drug. Understanding these triggers will help you modify your actions and avoid them in the future.

Learn Coping Strategies

When you use opioids to ease stress or deal with life’s problems, it can be difficult to break out of this destructive cycle. Individual counseling teaches you tools and strategies for handling these situations without turning to opioid use.

Education

Addiction is a disease, but it is often perceived as a moral failing or a lack of personal restraint. During your individual counseling sessions, you’ll learn the science behind addiction and ways to prevent relapse.

Mend Relationships

You weren’t the only person hurt by your opioid use. The people who love you most witnessed addiction’s hold on your life. Counseling teaches you how to reconnect and heal relationships with your family and friends so you can enlist these individuals as part of your recovery support system.

Guidance for the Future

Individual counseling helps you find healing from past trauma and current problems — but it also empowers you to find hope for your future. The goal of treatment is to offer guidance on how to move forward with your life in recovery and find joy and satisfaction in sobriety. Your counselor will work with you to develop a plan of action on how you can become a productive member of the workforce and your community.

Contact Us for Individual Substance Use Counseling Services

At Health Care Resource Centers, we have witnessed how medication-assisted treatment is most effective when combined with professional counseling and support. Your individual counseling sessions will give you the skills and encouragement you need to live a full and independent life after completing our treatment program. Our services are completely individualized, addressing your specific needs to give you the best chance for a successful recovery.

If you or a loved one struggle with opioid addiction, let HCRC help you break free. Reach out to learn more about how we combine MAT with individual counseling. You can also call us at 866-758-7769 to speak with a member of our team.

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