Synopsis: a broad definition of addiction counseling
Millions of Americans suffer from a dependence on drugs, alcohol, and destructive behaviors such as shoplifting or gambling. Addiction counseling is a highly specialized form of treatment that evaluates and appropriately cares for an individual to ultimately achieve a life-long recovery. Cognitive behavioral therapy, family counseling and other types of therapy can help to attain rehabilitation. Psychotherapy can also treat other mental health conditions that often play a role in addiction.
The problematic and addictive elements are initially assessed and once an evaluation is determined, a specialized treatment plan can be developed. Addiction counseling then is intended to assist in overcoming any dependencies and behaviors, facilitating the individual’s growth and values, in order to achieve a healthier life.