Drug Addiction Counseling
by Marty Brenner
Drug addiction is prevalent in modern society. A fact sheet published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse notes that more than 23 million Americans 12 years old and older, about 9.4 percent of the population, needed treatment for an illicit drug use or alcohol problem in 2007. The economic downturn, reduction in social services and increased stress in the years since this survey undoubtedly drove that statistic even higher. More and more Americans are in need of drug addiction counseling.
Drug addiction is a complex illness requiring a multi-dimensional approach to therapy. Drug addiction is characterized by intense or uncontrollable cravings, compulsive drug-seeking and use, even when there are severe consequences associated with doing drugs. The path to drug addiction is taking drugs voluntarily but, over time, you lose the ability to decide when you want to take the drug. Taking the drug for long periods of time affects certain parts of your brain, leading to compulsive use of the drug. Drug addiction is a condition that affects multiple circuits in your brain, including those of reward and motivation, learning and memory. Drugs also affect the parts of your brain responsible for inhibiting inappropriate behaviors. Drug addiction counselors must use a multi-faceted approach to treating drug addiction.
Drug addiction affects many aspect of your life, including your work, your family and your social relationships. There are many goals in drug addiction counseling and each is equally important. Treatment must help you stop using drugs and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. Additionally, counseling enhances productive functioning within the family and gets you back to work. Addiction is a chronic condition, and long-term drug addiction counseling prevents relapse or shifts between different drugs and alcohol. It might take you several attempts before you can leave drugs alone permanently.
Researchers have established that drug counseling helps you stop using, avoid relapse and return to a normal life. Counselors have established several key principles to drug addiction counseling. Scientists and therapists realize drug addiction is a complex but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior. Each person requires individualized treatment; there is no one-size-fits-all therapy. This treatment must be readily available, and it must attend to your complex needs, not just your drug addiction.
It is vital that you remain in treatment until you complete the program. Quitting treatment may result in relapse. Individual and group therapies are the most common and effective treatments. Your therapist may give you medicine to help with detoxification and as part of long-term treatment. You may have to take additional medicine to address medical complications from drug use, like HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases.
Drug addiction is often a response to pain and anger. Once you have gotten your drug addiction under control, counseling helps you identify and resolve the underlying source of your addiction. Your drug addiction may be the result of painful and traumatic events experienced years before the addiction began. Your therapist will guide you through expressing your feelings about these events in a healthy manner so that you do not need drugs to suppress your negative memories.
Marty has been providing guidance and counseling for the last 20 years to a wide and diverse range of people.
Individuals challenged with various addictions including but not limited to – substance abuse, alcohol, and anger.
Marty is a certified chemical dependency counselor and anger management facilitator.
Affectionately known as “Marty”, he has positively influenced and helped reshape the lives of many people in recovery, ranging from ex-cons to his high profile clients in the Delray Beach, Florida.
Marty is an excellent resource with in-depth knowledge of all of the current trends in the substance abuse and mental health treatment fields, as well as individual options for successful recovery outcomes.
Today, residential facilities simply aren’t an option for many clients with busy work schedules and travel conflicts, which is why Marty tailors programs to meet the needs of these clients, whether it be in his office or a location of their choosing.
His approach is casual and non-threatening. Marty is very kind and caring.
As you know, it is difficult to convince clients that anger management or substance abuse treatment is critical. Career commitments, privacy, reputation and other concerns may conflict in making treatment the priority it should be.
It is Marty’s primary goal to help people rebuild lives using tried and true techniques.
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