According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2020, an estimated 18.7 million adults in the United States struggled with a substance use disorder.
Although that number might feel disheartening, there are reasons to be hopeful. While recovery is no walk in the park, it IS possible. But most of us need all the help we can get.
That is where essential services like detox facilities, treatment centers, support groups, and skilled counselors come in.
A study published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine found that individuals who participated in treatment for substance use disorder had a 50% reduction in drug use and were more likely to maintain abstinence from drugs and alcohol over time. But while treatment is often a first and vital step, it is by no means the end of the road.
To find a happy, contented recovery, most people need to face their demons, treat their trauma, and uncover the root drivers of their addiction.
April is National Counseling Awareness Month
This April, we are joining in the celebration of National Counseling Awareness Month. This time is set aside not only to honor those professionals who do the work, but to help people understand the indispensable–and often lifesaving–role counseling plays in treatment.
This is a time to offer our gratitude for the hard work and dedication of counselors and therapists, who help individuals and families overcome challenges, improve their mental health, and achieve their goals. But in addition to that – it is also an opportunity to honor the hard work, vulnerability, and bravery of those who face their issues head-on with the help of a wise counselor.
For those trying to beat addiction, counseling often serves as a bridge that guides people into the deeper work required to truly achieve content, long-term sobriety.
Counseling is an essential component of the recovery process. It provides a safe and supportive environment where individuals can explore their thoughts and feelings, and develop coping skills to overcome the challenges they face. According to a study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, individuals who participate in counseling during their recovery process are more likely to maintain sobriety and improve their overall well-being.
Benefits of Counseling
One of the primary benefits of counseling is that it provides a non-judgmental space where individuals can express their thoughts and feelings freely. This is particularly important for those who may feel ashamed or stigmatized by their addiction or mental health issues. Counselors are trained to listen actively and provide support without judgment, which can help individuals build trust and develop a sense of safety.
Counseling can also help individuals develop new coping strategies to manage stress and triggers that may contribute to addiction or mental health issues. In many cases, addiction and mental health issues are rooted in past traumas, and counseling can help individuals process and overcome these experiences. Counselors can also provide guidance on how to develop healthy habits and routines, such as exercise, meditation, or journaling, which can improve overall well-being and reduce the risk of relapse.
In addition to individual therapy, group therapy is another effective counseling option that can help individuals in recovery. Group therapy provides a supportive environment where individuals can connect with others who are going through similar experiences. Group therapy can also help individuals develop important social skills and build a sense of community, which can be critical for long-term recovery.
Evidence-Based Rehab in Portland
At SLO Recovery, we have assembled an unrivaled team of counselors, therapeutic and administrative professionals. Together, we bring decades of experience in connecting people with real solutions and lasting change. We are more than just clinicians, counselors, and mentors. We are driven by a fundamental belief that change is available to anyone who wants it and is willing to work for it. Our role is to help people find the solutions they seek, by closing the gap between rehab and real life. We share a heartfelt commitment to helping people get free of whatever has been holding them back, so they can live a life they are truly proud of.
We offer a variety of counseling services tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual. Our licensed professionals have extensive experience in addiction and mental health treatment and are committed to providing the highest quality of care to our clients.
In addition to traditional counseling services, we offer complementary therapies that can help individuals manage stress and improve overall well-being. These therapies include yoga, meditation, and more. We believe that a holistic approach to treatment is essential to achieving real recovery, and we are committed to providing our clients with wrap-around care to support their journey.
Getting help can be hard, but you are not alone. Millions of people have reclaimed their lives, and we are confident that you can too. Reach out to find out more about how we can help.