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Counseling is more than just a way to spend an afternoon making friends. It's an important part of addiction treatment.

The most frequently-used form of counseling is called cognitive therapy. This means that you speak to a counselor about your life experiences, your problems, your challenges, and how all these things affect you as a person.

Counseling in addiction treatment is essential to a proper and complete assessment of an addiction-based illness, as well as gaining the tools that will help the addict redefine their behaviors from their very own understanding of it.

Counseling in addiction treatment helps people learn how to react to and control their cravings for drugs and alcohol. The cravings won't stop just because you want them to; you have to learn how to manage them so they don't consume your life and drive you crazy.

Counseling in addiction treatment gives people the opportunity to uncover the pains that may have brought them to a life of substance abuse. Often times, the events of one's childhood are so painful, that the only means of relief or escape is through drugs or alcohol. Counseling will help you to learn how to process the pain and redirect the anger so you can stop being victimized over and over.

One of the toughest things about drug addiction is honesty. You hide things from even your best friends. It's not that you don't know the damage and risk; It's that you can't control the addiction. People often say they don't know what to do for an addict, they know it has to come from within; but there is something you can do for an addicts. You can get them or her to speak to a qualified addiction counselor, or you can help them get into a rehab for addiction treatment. Once they have cleared their mind sufficiently to have some measure of control, they have a chance of fighting their demon off. In my opinion, that's something friends need to do for their friends who are addicted.

Addiction treatment isn't a single event. It's a multitude of different approaches to recovery. In treatment, you address your mind, body, and soul. With the help of an addiction counselor, you have a chance to release the pain that holds you hostage with your dependency, and a good counselor will help you facilitate the emotional anguish and learn alternative means of mitigating the damage.

You only have two choices. You can 1) choose to suffer the pains, hurt the people you love the most, and continue your addiction, or 2) you can get treatment and heal, and repair your relationship with the ones you care for. It's a choice only you can make. What will it be? Are you ready to begin healing today? It's up to you.

For more information regarding the treatment of drug abuse, addiction to drug, alcohol and substance abuse in general, please call Center for Addiction Recovery and talk to one of our trained counselors or admission coordinators. The call is free and the consultation will remain confidential. They can even answer the questions you may have regarding the cost of such treatment including weather the treatment is covered by your insurance or not.