If you are in a rehab you will most likely learn about your addiction and work on topics with others in a group. In addition, you will meet with a therapist. If you are not in a rehab, your first step in recovery could be going to that meeting a friend told you about. Whether you think you need it or not, seeking professional help is a good idea. It coincides with your recovery and is a large part of treatment. Others in recovery may know they need additional help. For them, just making the initial call to set up an appointment, provides a huge sense of relief.
Therapists provide a non-judgemental, confidential and safe place to express, explore and acquire understanding about your individual situation. One of the first objectives in a therapeutic relationship is building trust. You can’t trust what you don’t know. Therapists are excellent listeners. They are trained to observe your reactions to questions. They pick up on clues about how you act in relationships and present yourself to the world. They look for patterns in your behavior. All of this observation helps them assess and gain clarity in order to help you.
Getting into treatment is just the tip of the iceberg. There is a notion that people are born addicts or alcoholics. What is true is conditions impacted your progression into addiction. A car accident can result in addiction. Prescription drugs help pain from injury. If drugs are not monitored they can lead to addiction. Your family life could have put you at greater risk for addiction.
Gaining knowledge about the reasons you slid into addiction can diminish feelings of shame and guilt. It can bolster your low self-esteem. Without knowledge you run the risk of relapse. You don’t want that. Therapy teaches skills for managing overwhelming feelings. The therapist will help you see the triggers that set off an emotional dive or anger. The more you learn to recognize triggers, the more successful will be your coping skills.
In treatment, the relationship with your therapist plays a large part. The therapeutic relationship is an integral part of the foundation and structure of your treatment. The work you do together will be collaborative—a give and take. He or she may be the first person you trust to hear the awful stories you’ve bottled up for way too long. Therapist are vital witnesses who care.
If you someone you know is struggling with drugs and alcohol, Serenity Oaks Wellness Center can help to get you sober. Our 12-Step aspects and holistic therapy can show you how to adorn your soul in recovery.
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