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Alcohol & Addiction Recovery

Alcohol & Addiction Recovery / Referral

Dr. Howard C. Samuels, PsyD, LMFT

Alcohol addiction, also known as Alcoholism, is considered by the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition) to be a brain disorder. Much like addiction to any substance, alcohol addiction causes an individual to put his or her need to curb an alcohol craving above all else in their lives. This can wreak havoc on an individual’s physical, professional, social, financial and emotional life. The damage that can occur as a result of an individual’s alcohol addiction can be vast and spread into every aspect of one’s life and it’s best to get the help of a therapist who specializes in Psychotherapy for Alcoholism for alcohol & addiction recovery.

Detox and Withdrawal

Any individual that is in recovery for alcohol addiction must successfully complete the initial stage of detox. Detox is the process that rids one’s body of all foreign and abused substances. Detoxing one’s body from alcohol is essential to one’s treatment from alcohol addiction. During the detox stage, many individuals will experience a number of different withdrawal symptoms. When a person’s body becomes accustomed to functioning primarily with alcohol present, and alcohol is removed from one’s system, it will respond accordingly. This typically manifests as unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

Though alcohol is a legal substance for consumption, in America (for individuals over the age of twenty-one), the risks associated with detox are not necessarily insignificant. In fact, alcohol withdrawal can be fatal in severe cases of alcohol dependence. For this reason, it is recommended that individuals struggling with alcohol addiction undergo the detox process in a medically supervised setting. While a medically supervised detox facility may not be able to provide medications to ease the detox and withdrawal symptoms from alcohol, they will ensure the safety of the individual detoxing for the duration of his or her detox process. Additionally, should anything go medically awry during one’s detox, professionals would be present and available to assist at any point.

Psychotherapy for Alcoholism Treatment and Recovery

Any person struggling with any type of addiction typically will benefit from attending a formal substance abuse/ addiction treatment program. Treatment programs can vary in duration, framework, intensity and location. It is important when selecting the type of substance abuse/ addiction treatment program to attend that it align with the specific needs of the individual. For example, some individuals may be struggling with a dual diagnosis (mental health disorder in addition to addiction), and it is imperative to make sure that a treatment program is properly equipped to work with dual diagnosis clients.

Many treatment programs for substance abuse and/ or addiction will provide some form of group therapy as well as individualized therapy sessions as components of their programs. The number of group therapy sessions versus individual psychotherapy sessions will vary, depending on the specific treatment program as well as the distinctive needs of the client. The therapeutic modalities used in treatment programs will also differ, as each treatment program will have its own therapeutic procedures. Regardless of the type of treatment attended, every treatment program will provide an aftercare plan for each attendee that has successfully completed their program.

Psychotherapy for Alcoholism

Attending regular psychotherapy for alcoholism sessions for alcohol addiction can help an individual work through the underlying issues that may have initially brought him or her to abuse alcohol as well as work through all of the damage that occurred as a result of his or her alcohol abuse.

The core of one’s alcohol abuse may be buried deep beneath many layers of emotional turmoil that must be navigated and properly integrated. That is to say, there is a way to integrate one’s challenging experiences in relation to alcohol abuse in a productive and authentic manner. A mental health professional can assist in facilitating the proper psychotherapy for alcoholism modalities that can provide the best possible outcome for the individual.

Individual Counseling for Recovery

An individual struggling with substance abuse and addiction has implemented many harmful and unhealthy habits in their lives. Addiction affects all aspects of a person’s being including, but not limited to, their personal relationships with family and friends, financial situation, physical health, mental health, personal hygiene, employment situation…etc. It is important to note that addiction is a disease and while its negative effects are widespread, they are not entirely the fault of the individual suffering. That said, the individual must resolve and repair the damage that was done by his or her addiction. This is where an individual counselor can be of use.

While group therapy is also helpful for individuals in recovery for substance abuse and addiction, it is equally important to supplement with individual counseling for addiction.

An individual counselor can work directly with the person in recovery to help him or her repair the damage that occurred as a result of his or her drug abuse. This will look different for different people.

Through individual counseling for addiction a person will be able to work at the pace that is comfortable for the person in recovery, as well as create an individualized recovery program that can be worked through and is solely based on the needs of the specific person.

Working one-on-one with a counselor can provide an individual with helpful tools to live a healthy and sober life. The habits and patterns that were created during one’s time of active substance abuse can be challenging to undo. An individual counselor can help a person shift these unhealthy patterns and break their old habits. In addition to the overt ways addiction affects an individuals life, there are many nuanced ways addiction can affect an individual’s life. Digging deep and unfolding the layers of harm addiction has caused an individual takes commitment and dedication. Having the guidance and support of a therapist work on adjusting, shifting, and establishing new healthy habits sets an individual up for success.

Individual Counseling for Addiction Helps You Create a Personalized Emotional Tool-kit

Creating a personalized emotional tool-kit for an individual in addiction recovery can be incredibly helpful. A therapist working closely with an individual will often co-create a unique set of tools that can assist with navigating the challenges that can arise in everyday situations. Depending on the individual’s specific needs, various types of additional support systems may be created and/ or set in place to assure the individual consistently feels supported. An individual in recovery must take self-care very seriously. Individuals who struggle with addiction have used the abuse of drugs and/ or alcohol as a method of self-care, when in fact the abuse of drugs and/ or alcohol is self-destructive. A counselor can help an individual figure out what methods of self-care can be regularly integrated into their daily lives.

One-on-one addiction counseling is helpful, as each person struggling with addiction will have a unique experience.

Every individual is different, meaning each person’s experience with both addiction as well as recovery will be different. Having a personal therapist to work through one’s experience with addiction will help provide the best possible outcome when it comes to one’s continued recovery.

For Further Information About Recovery

Seeking the guidance of a therapist can be incredibly helpful. Should you or someone you know be in need of individual counseling for addiction, please do not hesitate to reach out. Dr. Howard Samuels is a highly educated and successful therapist in the field of mental health and is available to support those in need. Should he be unable to accommodate an individual’s needs he has a wide network of colleagues to whom he will gladly refer. Dr. Howard Samuels works with his clients to help them live authentic, happy and fulfilling lives.

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