Overview of the Types of Inpatient Counseling
Inpatient treatment centers offer a variety of types of counseling. Since no one type of counseling works for everyone, you need to know which types to take advantage of and which types will work best for you. According the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, each type of counseling serves a specific purpose.
Individual counseling is a one on one therapy session with a counselor or therapist. In these sessions therapists use different techniques to help you discover the cause of the addiction and treat its effects. To find the different types of individual inpatient counseling or to find a treatment center that has inpatient individual counseling call 800-681-7369.
Group counseling as the name suggests is a group activity. A therapist conducts the group session and each person speaks about their addiction and their experience with recovery. This is to promote a sharing supportive atmosphere. The counselor suggests different topics and guides the conversation so everyone who wants a chance to talk has their say. Talking is not necessary until you are ready. Many members of the group just listen to the stories of others.
Family counseling is extremely important when the drug addiction damages the family. A counselor gets you and your family together to talk over the problems that you have. Family therapy is designed to help you and your family come to terms with your addiction. Most people who attend family counseling express:
- how you wronged them
- what you can constructively do to correct it
- their feelings in an open and calm manner
- suggestions to solve the problems that you have
The therapist or counselor is there to help you with your issues. They can calm things down if it gets too heated. In this respect the counselor acts almost as a referee to keep things civil.
Couples counseling is similar to family counseling but only includes a husband and wife, life partners, or boyfriend and girlfriend. It accomplishes the same thing as family counseling by giving both partners a calm, safe atmosphere for you to express your issues with the addiction and with what the addict has done. The fact that another person trained in conflict resolution is there helps to keep things from getting out of control.
Peer counseling is similar to a 12 step program. Peer counseling lets individuals in inpatient treatment try to help each other. It is based off the belief that addicts who are recovering can help addicts that are beginning their recovery. They share stories and helpful tips and tricks to avoid triggers. Since each person learns their own ways of coping, sharing these ways can help others to learn to cope with their addiction.
For more information on the different types of inpatient counseling or to find treatment immediately call 800-681-7369. We can help you navigate the confusing world of inpatient treatment and counseling. You too can take advantage of all that inpatient treatment has to offer.