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Counseling: The Intervention You Need Before and After Rehabilitation

Counseling: The Intervention You Need Before and After Rehabilitation


Counseling: The Intervention You Need Before and After



There is nothing positive about substance abuse. It can affect your physical and emotional health. It can ruin your relationships with family and friends. It can harm your performance at school or work and make you lose interest in things that matter. These are among the reasons why you must kick the habit, the sooner the better.

Unfortunately, the process is not easy, especially when you have been hooked on a substance for a long time. Withdrawal and recovery take time. There will be many challenges you will face even before you commit to treatment.

While succumbing to the temptation of alcohol or drugs may not indicate flawed character or weakness, you need resilience, courage, and determination to overcome an addiction. This is why counseling is an important part of any successful substance abuse rehabilitation and aftercare program.


Understanding the Challenges Before and After the Treatment

Substance abuse or dependence can change a person’s brain structure. According to Learn Genetics, the brain adapts to the presence of the substance, so that “connections between neurons are pruned back … [or] neurons form more connections.” These processes can affect the way you think, make decisions, and behave.  

In addition, addictive substances can also affect the “wiring” involved in the reward pathway or the dopamine system. Learn Genetics says, “Within seconds to minutes of entering the body, drugs cause dramatic changes to synapses in the brain. By activating the brain’s reward circuitry, drugs deliver a jolt of intense pleasure.” These changes are why the substance-seeking behavior becomes a habit. They are also why you resist treatment, even when you know it is necessary.

If you successfully overcome these challenges and enter a rehabilitation program, after the treatment you will face the potential for relapse. It is a major concern for all people wanting to stay clean or sober for good. Rehabilitation statistics show that an incredible 50% to 90% will relapse afterwards. Addiction is a chronic disorder that doesn’t end after a medically assisted detox and treatment.

Simply stopping the use of the substance will not restore your brain. Staying away from what brought you to alcoholism or drug addiction may help, but will not deter you from relapsing. The brain changes will last for months, if not years, making you crave the substance. This is why aftercare in the form of counseling is important if you are bent on restoring your brain health and function.


How Counseling Can Help

Kicking the habit is a major accomplishment. It is much more easily said than done. Avoiding family and friends who lead you to seek drugs or alcohol is difficult, and so is changing jobs or moving to a new neighborhood. While willpower and courage are immensely important, the intervention of a professional counselor who offers an effective and focused approach can’t be underestimated. Counseling as an intervention presents you or a loved one with a well-thought-out plan to make changes before your health, life, and relationships suffer or get out of control.

If you want to kick the addiction or dependency, but can’t bring yourself to start the treatment, how can a counselor help you?

A counselor is equipped with several approaches, including talk therapy, to help you submit to treatment and stay clean or sober after recovering. They can help you do this by discovering the underlying cause of your substance abuse or dependency. They can encourage you to see the positive aspects of seeking treatment and making important and long-term changes in your thinking and behavior. They can help you recognize the havoc that the substance is causing in your life, so you’ll be motivated to kick the habit and embrace positive steps toward recovery.


The Road Back to a Sober or Clean Life

Substance abuse is not a minor concern. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health undertaken by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 21.6 million people (representing 8.2% of the US population) have substance dependence/abuse issues, and “only 4.1 million of those people … went on to receive treatment for problems related to their use of alcohol or illicit drugs.”

These are alarming statistics for a serious problem such as substance abuse. The most important step toward sobriety is to start treatment. The journey to that kind of rewarding life can be a tough uphill climb. While courage and determination can be empowering, it is important to have a capable counselor to guide and support your efforts.

To help rebuild a fulfilling life, seek the assistance of an independent counselor contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – Pittsboro, NC. It can be painful when you distance yourself from people and places that contribute to relapse, but a trusted counselor can support you throughout the process. With Carolina Counseling Services – Pittsboro, NC, you can look ahead to a sober, clean life. Recovery is not easy, but it is very possible with counseling.


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Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services

Counties: Chatham, Alamance, Durham, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Orange, Randolph, Wake, NC

Areas: Pittsboro NC, Gulf NC, Hickory Mountain NC, Hadley NC, Siler City NC, Wilsonville NC, Fearrington NC, Mandale NC, Bear Creek NC, Albright NC

Zip Codes: 27207, 27228, 27256, 27312, 27344, 27559


Gail Gustafson, MSW, LCSW

Specializes in: (Ages 9+) Adolescents and Adults, Individuals, Couples and Families. PTSD/Trauma, EMDR, Adoption, Drug/Alcohol/Substance Abuse addiction, Anxiety, Depression, Bi-polar, Life Transitions, Grief and Loss, Parenting, Family, couples and marriage counseling.
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