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How can counselling help an addiction?

December 19, 2013

In very straight terms, counselling itself (sitting in an office with a counsellor and moving our mouths for an hour) rarely helps overcome an addiction because at the end of the day, it's what you do differently in your life outside of counselling that matters. So you could come in for your weekly one hour counselling session for as long as you like, but as they say in AA, "If nothing changes, then nothing changes." Counselling helps indirectly in any number of ways, such as:

  • deepening your understanding of why you do the things you do
  • creating and monitoring progress towards goals
  • developing plans to help you avoid risky situations
  • identifying and addressing the underlying causes of substance use
  • breaking down all the things you need to do into manageable, bite-size chunks
  • a place you come to when you don't know what to do next (we won't tell you what to do but together, we can usually figure it out)
  • providing a place where you can get things off your chest
  • a place where you can talk freely and authentically about things you can't talk about anywhere else
  • a safety check that keeps you honest for those times when you're messed up but don't know it

Of course, there are many other ways that counselling helps you figure things out. Ultimately, it's almost impossible to capture in words. And it's different for everyone because everyone's an individual. But most people find it helpful in some way and in the end, you will judge for yourself how it affected your life.

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