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What does substance abuse disorder treatment look like, what is it all about and what happens during addictions counseling? Do you know the specific cause of addiction and substance abuse disorder? Can you cure someone with addiction? How do you know if you or someone you love has an addiction? Is substance abuse impacting your relationship? How does couple’s therapy work when there is also addiction? Ever wonder how long treatment takes, what happens along the way, what happens after? All of these are great questions that we often get from clients seeking support for their relationships.
We use Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) – a treatment modality grounded in the biologically-wired need humans have for connection and emotional safety. And because, the root of addiction is an avoidance of negative emotions, a lack of connection and a desire to soothe our emptiness, EFT makes sense so we can learn to regulate emotions in healthy ways.
For instance, pain from the past, stress, even currently strained relationships can cause some of us to reach for a temporary fix. Substance use disorder and behavioral addictions might relieve pain in the short term but causes havoc in our lives. However, the good news is in relationship counseling, when one or both are using alcohol or other behavioral addictions such as gambling, gaming, food, porn, and shopping, we can learn to reach for healthy connection with each other.
All treatment for substance abuse disorder begins with clinician screening the client. Here’s what’s involved:
After the initial screening determines the client to be eligible for treatment with this clinician, more intentional intake assessment questions and administrative procedures are next, including an orientation for the client to learn more about policies and procedures used by the clinician during treatment. We talk about:
Assessment helps the clinician identify the strengths, needs, and areas of focus for the work to begin. They will work together to identity the client’s immediate goals for their substance use disorder, as well as long term goals, as they develop the client’s individual treatment plan. Treatment planning actively involves the client, as they determine and prioritize the areas of focus to begin treatment.
The clinician will share additional resources with the client, as well as any additional referrals they might need, as case management is part of this treatment. This means connecting clients to any additional services, agencies, resources, and people within the framework of their treatment plan, to help the client work towards their treatment goals.
Working with clients in substance use disorder or addiction work is very much like other forms of therapy. Using an evidence-based treatment modality EFT, we treat emotional dysregulation and disconnection that cause negative patterns or cycles. Negative cycles often result in negative relationship interactions, poor communication, feelings of betrayal and bitterness. Clients often report that no matter how hard they try, they seem to always fail their partner. Not only is addiction toxic to their relationship but it feels terrible on the inside the heart of the addict.
Alliance building and De-escalation
Changing the Patterns, Restructuring the Bonds
Additional Functions of Substance Abuse Treatment and Addictions Therapy
Treatment for substance use disorder and addictions can also include crisis interventions. Clients may find themselves needing additional support for acute physical and emotional distress. The clinician will also provide additional psycho-education for clients on alcohol and other substances. If necessary, additional support, services, and resources will be offered to help clients during their treatment.
Referrals may also be made to additional providers, for higher level of care, if client’s needs change during treatment. The addiction clinician will assist the client in finding those additional supportive resources. Additionally, your substance use disorder therapist will keep records and reports of the assessments, treatment planning, progress notes, discharge summaries and any other data related to the client’s care.
To further help you, your addiction counselor may also seek consultation with other professionals within their office and with outside professionals, to provide each client, the most comprehensive and competent care.
Is addiction impacting your life or your relationship? Working with a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist can help you create the life and relationships you want, leaving those negative habits and patterns behind. Certainly, there’s hope! Call or text TODAY for an appointment with Jennifer Foster Cooper, MSW, LCSWA, LCAS to break free of addictions!