Is counseling right for me?
Seeking out counseling is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to chemical dependency counseling. Sometimes, it is to deal with the long-standing psychological damage caused by years of substance abuse. Other times, a person comes in to deal with symptoms of addiction, such as problems with anxiety or depression. Other times, it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of a counselor as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Others enter into counseling at the suggestion of loved ones or a concerned employer. Some individuals enter the counseling relationship as a result of legal problems secondary to their substance abuse issue. There is no “preferred” situation for entering treatment. All are welcome to the process. Working with a counselor can help provide insight, support, and new coping strategies for all types of early recovery life challenges. Counseling can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues and general life transitions. Counseling is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking the personal responsibility for change, for creating greater self-awareness, and working towards the restoration of core values in their lives.
Do I really need counseling? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, counseling is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking counseling. Counseling provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face. You will never lose the ability to make your own choices. Good counseling offers a strong alliance with other experienced, compassionate and skilled individuals who are experts at implementing and assisting lasting change in others. Your counselor is on your side of this winning alliance.
How can counseling help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in counseling. Counselors at Allied Counseling Associates provide support, education, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for chemical dependency related issues such as depression, shame, anxiety and relationship troubles. Other crucial issues are also addressed in the context of early addiction recoveries such as unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, shame reduction, values clarification and the coming to terms with self-defeating defenses and warped internalized concepts and beliefs. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to assist in managing early recovery issues such as spiritual growth and renewal, developing improved interpersonal relationships with more effective boundaries, family concerns, and the hassles of daily life. Many clients may have dual disorders and will be referred to an appropriate area therapist or physician as their own individualized needs demand. Allied therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from counseling depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from chemical dependency counseling include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself through a clarification of your goals and core values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships at work and at home
If your questions aren’t reflected here, please don’t think twice about calling us at 936-828-3908. We would be happy to answer any and all inquiries you might have.