When Should I See an Addiction Counselor?

I’ve Hit Rock Bottom

Often people think it’s time to see a counselor once they have hit the proverbial “rock bottom”. They’ve spent the rent money and have no food in the house. Their family is done with them and they’ve pawned everything of value. However, there’s no reason to wait until things feel hopeless. Therefore, addiction counselors can help support you throughout the treatment process and create an individualized plan for recovery and after-care. There are various types of therapy available while in treatment that will provide an array of benefits and allow you to sustain your sobriety while in recovery (Addiction Center, 2019).

Mandated or “Forced”

Court or Department of Children Family Services mandate also brings many people before a counselor. In order to fulfill the requirements of a DWI or domestic violence charge, and individual may be mandated to a certain number of therapy sessions. This can also occur after a positive drug test for employment or custody arrangement. Although these sessions are involuntary, make the most of them. Learn as much as can. A good Licensed Addiction Counselor will develop a specialized care plan based on your needs and goals. You may be surprised how much you grow from mandated treatment. Also, take advantage of the opportunity to create an aftercare or relapse prevention plan. This can include anger management, trauma therapy, and continued addiction treatment.

You should see a Licensed Addiction Counselor when substance abuse is becoming a problem for YOU! Don’t wait until substance use is out of control or ruining your life. Anyone suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction knows how powerful and crippling this disease can be. Signs may include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Financial issues
  • Family problems
  • Physical problems
  • Disciplinary Actions at Work/School
  • Legal Problems

Call Today

If you or someone you know needs help from a Licensed Addiction Counselor, call A Pathway to Life Counseling Services at 504-410-7008. We offer outpatient services as well as teletherapy.

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