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Individual, Group & Family Counseling

Opioid addiction treatment with Health Care Resource Centers (HCRC) includes substance use disorder counseling as an essential component of an individual’s treatment plan. Decades of research have shown that medication-assisted treatment, with methadone or buprenorphine, is most effective in conjunction with professional counseling and support.

HCRC counselors are trained, certified professionals experienced in the field of addiction who offer non-judgmental, compassionate support to patients throughout their recovery. Counseling is goal-oriented, driven by each patient’s objectives for both their recovery and their life outside of their disease. Not only is substance use disorder counseling an important part of the treatment plan, it is also a legal requirement of participation in many medication-assisted treatment programs.

Individual Substance Abuse Counseling

Individual substance use disorder counseling is focused on identifying and addressing underlying issues and traumas that may have contributed to a patient’s drug use. The specific goals for individual counseling are different for each person, but typically include:

  • Modifying patient’s thoughts and behaviors towards opiates and other mind-altering substances.
  • Teaching tools and coping strategies to effectively handle stressful situations and difficulties encountered in life.
  • Educating patients on the science of addiction and relapse prevention.
  • Creating a safe place to discuss past traumas, family issues and other problems that have affected a patient emotionally, psychologically or spiritually.
  • Providing tools for reconnecting and healing relationships with family and friends.
  • Offering guidance on becoming a productive member of the workforce and community.

Group Counseling

Group counseling is a very effective part of a comprehensive treatment program for those struggling with opiate addiction. Individuals often feel very alone when entering treatment, and group counseling offers a way for them to feel a sense of community and belonging. Additional benefits of group counseling include:

  • Sharing experiences and solutions provides patients with the opportunity to learn new tools and strategies for problem-solving from others in recovery.
  • Feelings of guilt and shame are reduced as patients realize that others have had similar experiences in and out of addiction.
  • Patients are able to provide support and hold one another accountable to their individual and group treatment goals.
  • Building a support network of both family and friends, but also others in recovery, provides a patient with the support needed to persevere through difficulties in sobriety.

In addition to HCRC in-house counseling groups, patients are encouraged to participate in programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or any other medication-assisted friendly group utilizing self-help principles to guide recovery.

Family Counseling

Family counseling offers patients the opportunity to invite family and loved ones to participate in their treatment through clinician-led counseling sessions. Addiction is a family disease that affects not only the person struggling with drug use, but also those who love and care about them. Trust is often broken, and from there, anger, sadness and despair afflict the family and make it difficult for those struggling with addiction to keep those relationships intact. Like individual and group counseling, the goals will be specific to each patient and family, but will focus on rebuilding healthy relationships.

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