Helping people tackle addictions to drugs and alcohol, learning to cope with life’s stressors and addressing underlying issues make up substance abuse counseling’s core mission. Counselors start by evaluating an addicted person’s physical, mental, emotional and social behaviors. This is the first step in determining the appropriate treatment plans for each individual patient. Addiction counseling has many facets and are listed below.
One on One Therapy
At Clearbrook every patient is assigned one counselor to manage their treatment plans, aftercare plan and other circumstances, such as family relationships, legal issues and contacting employers. Every counselor at Clearbrook is certified in addiction counseling. Many of our primary counselors are in recovery themselves or are recovering family members, giving them the necessary understanding and knowledge of the 12-steps, which they utilize when caring for patients. Their recovery allows for the empathy and personal experience to be passed on in a one on one setting where the patient can feel safe in a private setting. Click here to view our clinical staff.
One on One therapy is beneficial for a multitude of reasons. While engaging in individual therapy, you will begin to establish a relationship with your primary counselor. By doing so, you will learn the value of building relationships, creating healthy boundaries and most importantly, the importance of learning to trust another person.
It also allows for you to discuss issues you may not feel comfortable talking about in a group setting. Often times, there are underlying issues that need to be confronted in order to have a successful recovery. Those circumstances can include a number of things, but some may include grief or trauma. In addition, individual therapy is helpful for those who are suffering from a dual diagnosis – someone who is suffering a mental illness in addition to a drug/alcohol addiction. That’s because a disease such as depression or bipolar disorder needs special treatment that is separate from counseling for addiction treatment.
Throughout the day our patients meet in a myriad of different groups together. This allows the patient to interact with the rest of the community and begin to develop the skill of getting help from other people that are in recovery. Also group therapy is essential in the treatment process, because it gives the patient something and someone to relate to. While establishing a relationship with their counselor is important, many times it is most helpful for a patient to hear how their peers feel and what they are doing to overcome those problems.
Group therapy and the patient community are fundamental in the early recovery process. Addiction is usually centered on isolation. Group therapy enforces the fact that you are not alone in the way you feel. Groups such as small groups, grief, gender separation, clinical lectures, detox/beginner’s group, and art and music therapy are some of the groups that our patients will participate in.
12 Step Philosophy
When a patient leaves Clearbrook we ask that they get involved in one of the 12 step fellowships. This is where their greatest support is going to come from for their futures. The 12 step recovery process has been around for more than 70 years. It offers the patient the best way to take a look at their lives. Stopping using drugs and alcohol is the #1 priority in anyone’s recovery, but more is required if one wants to achieve continued sobriety and ultimately have a better way of life.
With that said, changing behaviors, looking inside one’s self, repairing damage done, and helping another suffering addict is the best prescription for someone to not return to addictive addiction. Members of the different 12 step recovery groups come to Clearbrook four times per week to put on a meeting for both patients and people in recovery that live in our community. This also allows our patient community to interact with people who have gotten through treatment and adopted the 12 step process of life. It shows our patients that recovery is possible if you are willing to put forth the action that is required to stay sober.
“Throughout my addiction, I always felt alone. I thought no one understood what I was going through and felt as though I was always being judged. As my addiction progressed, I began to isolate more and more. I couldn’t stand the person I was becoming, so I hid from the world. Before I knew it, I had no one else around. I was alone. When I first arrived at Clearbrook, I was terrified. I didn’t know what to expect. Then the most surprising thing happened. The other patients and staff welcomed me with open arms. The bond I created with my counselor and other staff was absolutely amazing, but also surprising, because for so long I struggled to really trust anyone. I feel as though I have gained tremendous knowledge about my disease and recovery in the different groups I attended. It also allowed me to practice getting comfortable talking about my feelings in front of other people and made meeting new people in AA much easier. Going to Clearbrook is by far the best decision I have ever made. They treat you like family and I have made friendships that will last a lifetime. No matter where I go in life or what it has to offer, I know that I am not alone and I’ll always have a place to turn.”