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Counseling can help

Counseling Can Help.

Medication is one part of treatment for opioid addiction. For many people, another important part is counseling: the opportunity to talk with a professional either one-on-one or in a group with others in treatment.

Through counseling, you learn about the motivations and behaviors that led to your opioid addiction. You learn how to commit to a more healthful lifestyle. You gain support and skills while working with others to manage your recovery long term.

Counseling can provide you with encouragement and with motivation to stick to treatment. It can help you learn how to make healthy decisions, handle setbacks and stress, and move forward with your life. In group counseling, you connect with others in treatment and make new friends who don’t use drugs. You can get these benefits from support groups, too. These are informal meetings of people facing similar challenges.

Family and friends are important, too.

It is very hard to go through recovery alone. Support from family and friends is very important. Love and encouragement can help you make the decision to enter treatment and stick with it. Some treatment programs offer counseling for your loved ones. They do this because your addiction may have caused pain and anger or feelings of shame and hopelessness.

Counseling is a useful way for family and friends to learn more about your situation, how to help, and how to handle the problems your addiction has caused them. It is a safe place for them to express feelings and to find out what help is available for everyone affected.

There are support groups for family and friends, too. These are safe places to share information and encourage others who have loved ones who are dealing with addiction.