Why Does My Therapist Ask me About My Family?

Why Does My Therapist Ask me About My Family?

When in the beginning stages of rehab treatment, talking about your personal life may feel uncomfortable. But your therapist must find out as much as she can about you and your unique situation if treatment is to be successful. Dr. Dennis O’Grady, PsyD for PsychCentral, describes therapy as the fine art of asking directive questions.[i] The questions therapists use help them to determine the right treatment plan for you. Because your family is such an integral part of your life, your therapist must learn as much about your family dynamic as...

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The Role Counseling Plays in Your Recovery

The Role Counseling Plays in Your Recovery

Counseling plays an integral part in the addiction recovery process. Counseling, whether through inpatient or outpatient treatment, is typically done by a therapist or counselor that specializes in treating patients struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. These mental health professionals work with patients to diagnose and treat the addiction as well as any underlying mental illnesses that may be contributing to or causing the problem. Through therapy sessions designed to meet yours or your loved one’s unique treatment needs, the counselor...

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The Relief of Not Being in Complete Control

The Relief of Not Being in Complete Control

Feeling the need to be in control all of the time can create a high level of stress. For those who are overwhelmed by the urge to control everyone and everything in life, depression and addiction can be right around the corner. No one person can dictate and control each of life’s events, and needing to do so can actually be a sign of fear or a negative self-image. When a person releases the need to control and learns to take life as it comes, his or her stress level is greatly reduced. It may seem like the opposite will happen, but learning...

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How to Accept Good with the Bad

How to Accept Good with the Bad

When someone struggles with substance abuse, she often struggles to see life through any other lens but how addiction is impacting her life, so changing negative thought patterns into positive ones is a part of the rehab process. Treatment starts you or a loved one on the path to a drug-free life, but maintaining a positive outlook can be difficult during the early days of recovery. You may find it difficult to accept good times if you remember that struggles will still come, but a positive reaction to problems will always make it easier to...

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Six Benefits of a Recovery Lifestyle

Six Benefits of a Recovery Lifestyle

Living a life of recovery begins with proper treatment for drug and alcohol addiction. When a person admits she has a problem with substance abuse and reaches out for help, she begins a journey that will change her life forever. Treatment in a rehab facility usually begins with detox. Detox gives the body the chance to rid itself of the toxins of the drug. Once detox is over, getting the proper diagnosis is crucial to successful rehab. Many people who struggle with substance abuse have undiagnosed and untreated mental illness. At a Dual...

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Navigating the Holidays with an Addicted Loved One

Navigating the Holidays with an Addicted Loved One

The holidays are a time of special gatherings and fun, but, for those who struggle with addiction, the holidays can feel like walking through a mine field: office parties, family celebrations, buying just the right gifts and balancing social commitments can create stress for people who must work simply to stay sober. Wherever your loved one is on her journey with addiction, there are ways to make the holidays easier, and the following suggestions can help you succeed during this season: Keep the Schedule Manageable Schedules and commitments...

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