Last updated: 04/22/2019
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
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When it comes to getting drug and alcohol treatment, you know everyone wants the best for you, and that includes your drug and alcohol counselor. Addiction counselors go into the field to help people, often because they know the effects of addiction either first hand or through a family member or close friend and want to make a difference in someone’s life.
So remember, this person does what he or she does not because of the glamour (there is none), and definitely not because of the money (there’s even less of it), but because they want to help.
And if these addictions counselors could tell you a few things about drug addiction treatment, here’s what it would be.
It’s Not Easy
If recovery were simple, thousands of addiction counselors would be out of work. Getting sober—and staying sober—isn’t easy, and to play it off like you think it will be isn’t going to work with your addiction counselor. She knows what it takes and she’s going to encourage you to gain the same understanding.
It Takes Time
Once you’re done with inpatient treatment, you may be convinced that’s all you need, but your addiction counselor knows better. He understands that recovery takes time and no matter how much you got during rehab, it’s not enough. You will continue to need recovery support and treatment to improve your chance of success, which like your own, is your counselor’s ultimate goal.
It’s a Judgement Free Zone
Addicts all suffer from terminal uniqueness, but your counselor knows that’s just a delusion. It only takes a few years in the field to learn about the things addicts do to support their habits from stealing from grandma to prostitution and worse.
There’s nothing you can say that’s going to surprise an addiction counselor and no counselor out there is going to judge you for the things you did under the influence of addiction. It’s what you do now that they care about.
There’s No Point If You’re Not Honest
Addiction is filled with lies, so it makes sense that recovery requires honesty. Complete and utter honesty. So if you’re going to lie your way through addiction treatment, there’s really no point. You’re just wasting your own time and your counselor’s, and chances are they know it.
An Addictions Counselor’s Job Is to Meet You Where You’re At
An addiction counselor’s job is to meet you where you’re at, so let them. If you want a chance at total sobriety, do it. If you think methadone or Suboxone would be a better option, let them in on that thinking so they can work with you to reach your goals.
While many treatment centers have a specific goal in mind, recovery is personal and most addiction counselors accept that.