Substance Use Counseling
Medication-assisted treatment is shown to be most effective when supported by substance use counseling as a part of a comprehensive recovery program. BAART Programs utilize the skills, knowledge and experience certified addiction counselors to help guide and support our patients on the journey to long-term recovery.
What kind of counseling is available?
Valuable counseling can be done as an individual or in a group, with each offering different benefits to those working to rebuild their lives after opioid addiction. Individual substance use counseling is integrated into all patient treatment plans while some locations may also include group and family counseling options. The type and amount of counseling varies based on the needs of the patient, but some type of counseling is a legal requirement of participation in a medication-assisted treatment program.
What are the benefits of individual counseling?
The primary goal of individual substance use counseling is to identify and address the issues and traumas that contribute to a person’s drug use. While individuals may be aware of events or circumstances that have impacted them negatively, they are often unable to identify or change the long-term effects of those things.
Each patient’s specific goals for counseling will be unique to them, and therefore the benefits will vary, but typically include:
What are the benefits of group counseling?
Group counseling can be very effective for patients in a medication-assisted treatment program. People often feel very alone when entering treatment and group counseling offers a way to feel a sense of community. It helps to know that while everyone’s story is different, there are people who understand how you feel.
Benefits of group counseling include:
Should I attend a 12-step or other recovery group meetings?
Counselors may encourage patients to participate in programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or any number of other groups offering support, accountability and fellowship. These recommendations will be a part of each patient’s unique treatment plan based on their needs and goals.