One of the best supplemental recovery strategies is addiction counseling. I say it is a supplemental strategy because I do not believe that counseling alone is powerful enough to get someone clean and sober. I believe that additional forms of treatment or therapy are necessary in order to actually sober up. If an addict is struggling to even get clean and string together some meaningful clean time, then more action is generally needed than just counseling. Inpatient rehab is probably going to be the best option in those situations.
Now this does not mean that drug addiction counseling is useless. It is still a very valuable form of addiction treatment for some people. For example, counseling can be useful for:
1) Drug addicts who have established some level of sobriety and are looking to enhance their recovery program through the use of counseling or therapy. In this case, counseling can open up new doors and encourage new areas of growth that may have otherwise been overlooked. For example, an addict who is seeing a counselor may be encouraged to go back to school, or to work on their relationships, or to seek more emotional balance in their life. These are growth opportunities that may not be exposed through traditional drug treatment methods, but can come to the surface during one on one counseling sessions.
2) Drug addicts who have additional issues such as mental illnesses or trauma that is unresolved. Obviously in this case, the counseling is useful for working on these side issues so that they do not hinder a person’s efforts in staying clean and sober.
3) Drug addicts who have failed to stay clean through other means. For example, some recovering addicts do not warm up to group therapy and can not seem to do well in a traditional recovery program. Counseling may open up a new path for them that allows them to stay clean when other methods had failed them.
4) Drug addicts who want some form of insurance that they are staying active and productive in their recovery growth efforts. In other words, a recovering addict who wants some level of professional accountability may turn to addiction counseling as a means of doing so. They can enter into a long term relationship with a counselor who can then keep them moving forward and progressing towards various goals. It becomes obvious then if the addict slacks off or stops pushing themselves to grow in new areas, and this can serve as a warning indicator for relapse.