Importance of face time, 1 on 1 with a counselor

Addiction is a disease, right?

In today’s “now” society, many of us are looking for a quick solution to a problem. Addiction is a disease, right? Isn’t there a medication that can cure it?

While it is true that medication during treatment can help reduce cravings and withdrawal, addiction recovery requires the rewiring of the brain and medication alone is not enough. Addiction is more than just physical dependence. Even after detox and physical dependence is cured, addicts are at high risk for relapse. Psychological and social factors are often powerful factors which can trigger relapse. Things such as the following can create ongoing urges to use drugs or alcohol:

  • Stress
  • Visiting a specific neighborhood or other environmental cues
  • Social settings, like spending time with friends who continue to use drugs

Individual treatment plans, like the ones designed for each guest at the 12 Keys Rehab in Jensen Beach, involve substantial one-on-one time with an experienced counselor, among other proven techniques. A counselor can help you understand and learn to cope with the underlying issues causing your addiction, and help minimize the chance of a relapse. For the best chance at recovery, you must find and eliminate triggers, understand how to cope with stress without drugs or alcohol, and deal with depression that so often leads to addiction.

Treatment Separate from an Addiction

Individual therapy is especially important in the case of a dual diagnosis, which is existing depression, bipolar disorder, or other significant mental health condition that requires treatment separate from an addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Counseling can help you rebuild relationships, repair finances and assume your family responsibilities by decreasing the anxiety and depression behind your addictive behavior. It is an important part of an overall treatment plan, and the professional, experienced counselors at 12 Keys can help you achieve and maintain addiction remission.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction to drugs or alcohol, call to begin treatment today. The time is now to start enjoying life free from the burden of drugs and alcohol.

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