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Substance abuse counseling

Substance abuse counseling is a combination of treatment and support to help people break free from drug or alcohol addiction. This specific type of therapy is often a key part of rehabilitation programs so clients can overcome substance dependence mentally and emotionally. Clients will work with a licensed addiction counselor or substance abuse counselor (titles vary among states, but the therapeutic goals remain the same) in a clinical setting to address issues like mental health, behavior patterns and treatment options. Substance abuse counseling may involve:

  • Talk therapy sessions
  • Discussing the causes of addiction
  • Positive coping strategies
  • Developing treatment goals and plans
  • Practicing skills and behaviors necessary for recovery
  • Recommendations for 12-step programs or groups