Gain Newfound Perspective Through Counseling
Addiction is the thief that steals sobriety, distorting the life you’ve proudly built through hard labor. Alcohol and drugs abrade your good being, leaving anxiety and a terrible need that must be filled. Counseling on an inpatient basis is one of the very few options left open when these terrible cravings take over life.
The Naked Facts of Dependency
Close to 88,000 Americans die each year from alcohol-related causes (www.niaaa.nih.gov), a fact that includes direct deaths and the indirect, as resulting from drunken driving. Additionally, 113 Americans die every day due to drug overdoses (www.cdc.gov). These are terrible facts to see written in print, but they’re mentioned with the express intent of illustrating the awful trend we’re all experiencing to some degree. Drugs and alcohol permeate our modern society, and you either have succumbed to this nightmare condition or you know someone experiencing the symptoms of addiction.
This time is critical, presenting a split in the road where you can continue recklessly living without help, or you can seek out counselling. Take an inpatient approach, excluding your weakened mind from the influences of life that have led you astray.
The Effects of Addiction on the Mind
An inpatient counselling strategy deals with problems of the mind, helping you find the strength to develop new coping mechanisms. Here are some of the issues your counselor will guide you through during your rehab.
- Loss of self-worth
- Transforming negative outlooks with positive reinforcement
- Fostering an honest relationship
- Helping you accept your addiction
We’ve mentioned the mind here, but this is more than a therapy session. The appointments go deeper than that, striving to make a bond with your spirit, for the self has been severely compromised by addiction. The loss of sobriety has skewed self-esteem. The dependence on an illicit drug is destroying your self-worth and dignity. Counseling conducted on an inpatient basis will help you find yourself again, but the process will be complicated. Let’s face it; recovery is tough, but you have the reserves of willpower within you to win back your life and loved ones. The terms relating to your ‘self’ have likely darkened into self-hatred and self-loathing, but counseling will wipe away these negative feelings, leaving you empowered once more.
Recovery Through Hard Work and Discipline
Addicts ironically work to support their addiction, aiding the change in brain chemistry by denying there’s a problem. Even when that problem is admitted and rehab is actually entertained as a realistic thought for the first time, even then, there’s the habit of assigning blame to everyone and everything except yourself. Talking to a counselor teaches you to stop blaming others, turning your perspective where it belongs, on yourself. There must come a moment where you accept accountability for your actions. You started drinking or taking a highly addictive drug. You created the excuses when you missed entire days at work, the stories of anxiety and stress you used to justify shouting at loved ones.
All of these factors are real-life influences that cause anxiety, but the human element is where the burden of responsibility lays. Accept your role in your addiction. Listen to your counselors heartfelt message, and begin to make real progress for the first time in years.
The Benefits of Inpatient Counselling
- Removal from a negative environment
- Safe interaction with other substance abusers
- Becoming part of a structured recovery path
- Constant in-house assessments and intensive counselling options
The first factor is worth underscoring only because your daily life could be providing the fuel for your addiction. The same dynamic applies if it’s your close friend or beloved family member experiencing the dependency. You obviously can’t be with this person 24/7, so the logical choice is to lever him or her out of the toxic setting.
Understanding the Place of the Counselor in Your Rehab Program
If you know anything at all about a twelve step program, you’re aware the last step is defined as the giving back stage. Many counselors are addicts themselves, having decided to take this final step to heart. They’ve lived your nightmare. They’ve made the conscious decision to take up the mantle of responsibility and help others. Make the huge effort to bridge the gap between yourself and treatment, embracing the principles of inpatient counseling. Will it be easy? It most definitely will not, but your counselor will show you the path to recovery. The program will support you all the way to your final release from the program. Of course, the support doesn’t end there. You’ll face constant assessments, critical support to prevent relapse (www.drugabuse.gov).
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