At Step by Step Recovery we believe that a person-centred approach to treatment provides the best and most empowering steps in the journey to treating addiction. Our qualified and experienced counsellors are experts in the latest integrative, person-centred and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques.
Empowering you to make the changes you want to, we work with our clients in order to attain the best possible outcome. From private counselling to patient one-on-one sessions, our vast variety of treatment therapies will help make your road to recovery a successful one.
What Is Addiction Counselling?
It’s probably a good place to start by knowing that addiction is not a choice and, therefore, recovering from addiction requires time, support and understanding. Addiction counselling is a vital step and an integral service for treating addiction.
So what is addiction counselling?
Addiction counselling merges a series of proven methods for effectively assisting someone to overcome addiction, by challenging and changing their mindset. As addiction is a chronic and relapsing brain disease that is progressive and potentially life-threatening, it’s important to understand the condition in order to treat it.
As the disease progresses, substantial chemical changes take place in the brain, rewiring the brain’s neural pathways. When this happens, someone suffering from addiction will struggle to differentiate rational thinking from irrational and destructive thinking.
This struggle is not a choice and the sufferer is compelled — by changes in the brain — to seek out a way to satisfy the brain’s reward system. This develops through repeated and excessive exposure to an activity or substance, such as alcohol, sex or drugs, that triggers the brain’s reward and pleasure centre. This floods the brain with feel-good chemicals that are normally organically produced in healthy amounts and the result is that it reinforces the negative and destructive behaviour.
As addiction develops, individuals find it increasingly difficult to produce these chemicals without the help of the activity or substance.
With addiction counselling, the problem area within the brain is targeted directly. This allows us to rewire the brain so that it can function normally without alcohol or drugs, or a behavioural addiction such as sex, gambling or shopping.
Just as addiction does not happen overnight, neither does recovery. The brain can be retrained and rewired, but this usually takes many months to achieve. In some cases, where the damage is severe and the behaviours deeply entrenched, it can take years.
Our addiction counselling aims to provide each of our clients with the fundamentals of recovery. Recovery is an ongoing process of challenge and change in response to everyday life. Each day, a recovering addict will experience something new that they will need to apply healthier coping mechanisms to, instead of returning to their familiar destructive solution.
The longer a client stays with us, the more time they have to incorporate the new coping mechanisms in a safe and non-threatening environment. This is why, in the case of addiction, detox and removal of the substance is simply not enough to sustain long-term recovery.
How Counselling Helps Treat Addiction
Our counsellors are highly experienced in treating addiction; in fact, many of them have the unique experience of overcoming addiction in their own lives. They understand, first hand, the challenges ahead and can empathise with our clients in a way that only someone who has experienced addiction can, in order to prepare them for returning back home.
It is a proven fact that a qualified counsellor, having had personal experience of addiction in the past, can quickly form a trusting and therapeutic relationship with a client. Recovery is a long road and the temptation to relapse is very real, but our counsellors prove that recovery is possible, motivating our clients to become the best possible version of themselves.
Our counsellors understand the behaviours and the thought processes that propel addictive behaviours, then challenge and question these using a number of highly effective methods. These help our clients see the truth behind their thinking and gives them the choice and the resources to discard processes and ideas that aren’t serving them and pursue processes that are. This takes time, as each client responds differently to various treatments — it is a case of finding which method(s) best suits them.
Intensive Counselling Treatment
Once a successful therapeutic relationship has been established, a great deal of ground can be covered and progress made. The intensive treatment that we deliver to our residential patients means what we can achieve in months may take years to achieve in a community setting, if at all.
Our highly structured inpatient residential rehab programme means that we can address issues that would not be safe to address in the community and would put a client at greater risk of relapse. Here, our clients are safe to explore their thoughts and feelings on a deeper level, with the expertise of our clinical team and high levels of support continually offered.
The Benefits of Addiction Counselling
There are many benefits of addiction counselling, but these will only be experienced to the maximum effect with the right method(s), support system and environment for the client in place:
How Effective Is Inpatient Counselling in Treating Addiction?
Counselling is extremely effective in treating addiction, but only once the individual is clear of all substances. Often, in the community, individuals suffering from addiction will see a counsellor once a week on an NHS or private programme and find it highly ineffective and unproductive. A community setting doesn’t afford the benefits of the safety of a treatment clinic, meaning:
- The individual may still be using, making counselling far less effective, as the brain is still actively altered by addiction
- The individual has to cope with the daily temptation of using
- The individual has to deal with everyday life, stresses and challenges in between sessions
- Their home environment is likely to be unstable due to their addiction and, therefore, unhealthy for them to return to
- A counsellor may touch a nerve and leave the client feeling open and exposed, increasing the risk of them engaging in volatile and destructive behaviour after the session.
At Step by Step Recovery, this does not happen. We never leave our clients feeling exposed — they are never alone and are always supported and assisted in processing any thoughts or feelings they may be struggling with.
Detoxing an individual with an addiction is only a small part of recovery, not the whole solution. We understand this completely and are passionate about our clients’ wellbeing at all times.
We want our clients to succeed in recovery, to rebuild trust with family and friends, to form new healthy relationships, to engage in a recovery network and to live a life free from the compulsion to drink, drug or act out.
The Counselling Methods We Use to Treat Alcohol, Drug and Behavioural Addictions
At Step by Step Recovery, we use integrative counselling and a person-centred approach. This means that we employ proven addiction therapies and psychotherapies that are centred on treating each client as an individual. We recognise that everyone is unique and not defined by their addiction. By combining counselling with psychotherapy, we achieve both short-term change and long-term results that are conducive to ongoing, lifelong recovery from addiction.
Our counselling adopts a holistic approach, helping to heal the mind, body and spirit and focusing on all aspects of a client’s being. We tailor our treatments to each and every client with precision and compassion, targeting the root causes of their addiction to help them to accept and then heal.
We also incorporate motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, 12-Step Programs, compassion therapy, goal setting, psychotherapy and relapse prevention into our treatment sessions.
We offer process group therapy on a daily basis, group therapies incorporating psychotherapy and counselling and one-to-one individual therapy. In essence, we integrate every method that is proven to support recovery from addiction into our treatment programmes.
Clients who choose Step by Step Recovery benefit from a CQC regulated service, luxury surroundings, bespoke detox and rehabilitation programs and 24/7 care from a team of professionals in a beautiful beach setting. To find out how intensive addiction counselling can help you or a loved one, contact us or call us now on 0800 170 1222 for assistance and advice.