Counseling And Recovery Services: What Works?

By Nicole Beasley

Updated February 03, 2020

Reviewer Audrey Kelly, LMFT


When you're dealing with a mental-health-related illness, a substance abuse addiction or another ailment, it could be difficult to know which counseling and recovery services will work best for you. After all, each of us is different, with various personalities, family histories, experiences, and more. But at the same time, you know that you need professional help to aid you in changing your life and improving your current condition. That means it's time for you to take a closer look at your options and try to figure out just what you could be doing to make a big difference in your life. It starts with figuring out which services are available and which ones work best for your current situation.

While you may be at a crossroads, you can find counseling and recovery services that work well for you.

Finding Counseling And Recovery Services That Work For You

If you have accepted your problem with substance abuse or any other disorder for that matter, for example, then you have already started that first step. Understanding that you have a problem is often touted as the number one step in order to make sure that you can actually get treatment and start the path of recovery. After all, if you won't admit that something is wrong why would you be willing to change it? For someone who has achieved this, however, it's a great way to start your search for a program that can help you. The next step is motivation. It's sometimes elusive, but if you are motivated to change, then that is already a step in the right direction. You could be facing thoughts of denial, too, where you are telling yourself, "I'm not really addicted to heroin" or "I don't have a mental health issue."


If you find yourself struggling to admit that you have a problem then you may need professional help even more. You may need someone to help you understand that what's happening to you is not a good thing and that what you're experiencing can definitely change for the better if you make a few changes in your life. Whether you're struggling with some form of addiction or you're dealing with a mental health situation, finding a way to recognize the problem is important and it's the only way you're going to be able to recover.

Three counseling and therapy services that could work for you are the following:

If you're ready to start the process of therapy but you're not quite sure where to begin don't feel alone. There are many people who are in the same situation as you. You are not the only one who is struggling with addiction or depression or anxiety. You are not alone and that can be a big weight off your shoulders. No matter what you're going through you are not alone in this. There are people who understand and there are a lot of people who want to help you, not just your family and friends. In order to get started, three different types of services have been found to be the best.

Motivational Interviewing

In this case, when a client is at the very beginning of the recovery process, a licensed therapist could use motivational interviewing to delve more deeply into the addiction. Instead of being negative, the therapist will act as a cheerleader, showcasing different ways to motivate a client to quit their damaging behaviors and actions. This type of therapy requires you to look at your addiction more closely. It requires you to understand how that addiction is hurting you and the people around you, but instead of your therapist trying to drag you down, they try to build you up. They will try to help you understand all the great things that you could do if you were to quit your addiction and then they can help you to actually do so.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

When a person has an addiction or suffers from a mental health disorder (for example, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), then he or she has a revolving door of negative behaviors attached to that addiction or disorder. With the help of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), a therapist can lead a client down a path toward more positive thinking and behaviors. This helps you change your thought process around your addiction and can make huge differences in the way you see yourself as well. It's about helping you understand just why you engage in the behavior that you do and how to change it.

A person with an alcohol addiction, for example, will begin to learn why he has the compulsion to drink every night after work. A person with a mental health disorder could learn where her OCD originates from, and can focus on easing some of the triggers. While it's all a work in progress, a therapist can help you find more healthy approaches to improve your happiness and suppress your addiction and alleviate mental health disorder symptoms. This means that you could actually be on your way to working through your disorder sooner than you might think. You'll learn about the disorder itself, what may have caused it in your specific situation and just how you can change your behaviors to change the disorder.


In addition, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) will help a client rebuild and maintain relationships with those closest to them. Addiction and severe mental health disorders can isolate a person from his or her loved ones, job, social life, and other everyday activities and responsibilities. Isolation can actually lead to even worse situations when it comes to your disorder and may actually make the disorder worse. That's why it's important to work with your therapist to find out more about how to fix relationships that your addiction or your disorder have taken from you. You can learn how to better manage stress and other triggers so you won't relapse into old behavioral patterns and activities. All of these things can make it easier to build relationships again, even new ones.

12-Step Program

Finding a 12-Step Program near you can also give you the guidance you need to begin your recovery journey. It's a focused approach, and many programs are centered on collaboration and sharing stories with your peers or therapists. These programs are available with a number of different topics from Overeaters Anonymous to the well known Alcoholics Anonymous. Each one follows a similar plan that helps you get from understanding that you have a problem to actual recovery from it. The process is long and difficult, but it's something that you definitely can do, with help and if you put your mind to it.

These counseling and recovery services, as well as others, provide clients support when they need it the most. All you need to do is be willing to give them a try and see how they work for you and your situation.

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