Counselling for Substance Abuse MH011
Substance abuse can simply be defined as a pattern of harmful use of any substance for mood-altering purposes. "Substances" can include alcohol and other drugs (illegal or not). Substance abuse has a major impact on individuals, families, and communities. The effects of substance abuse are cumulative, significantly contributing to social, physical, mental, and public health problems. These problems include: Failure to meet responsibilities, Domestic violence, Child abuse, Motor vehicle crashes, Physical fights, Crime, Homicide, Suicide.
Counseling is a mainstay of substance abuse treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy, family counseling, and other types of therapy can help people break free from drug or alcohol addiction. Substance abuse counseling mainly involve:
Talk therapy sessions
Discussing the causes of addiction
Positive coping strategies
Developing treatment goals and plans
Practicing skills and behaviors necessary for recovery