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Tips for Managing Your Money After Opioid Treatment

facebookinstagramOnce you’ve gone through treatment for your substance use disorder, it will be important to get in control of your finances before you take the next steps to improve yourself now that you’re in recovery. Addiction can take a toll on your bank account,...

Can You Get a DWI While Taking Opioids?

facebookinstagramDue to the overwhelming opioid epidemic that has gripped the US for more than a decade, law enforcement has seen an alarming uptick in instances of DWIs caused by opioids. In some of the more shocking cases that have made headlines, people have even...

5 Ways People Become Addicted to Opioids [Guide]

facebookinstagramOdds are, you didn’t set out to become addicted to opioids, but it happens. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in 2017, there were an estimated 1.7 million people with opioid related substance abuse problems, with 47,000 deaths...

Myths About Suboxone®

Reducing or eliminating the stigma surrounding Suboxone® requires debunking common myths. By helping individuals understand the effectiveness of Suboxone® in treating opioid addiction and that Suboxone® also helps to reduce withdrawal symptoms, these individuals can take advantage of enhanced recovery options for long-term recovery.

What is Addiction Counseling?

Addiction counseling can seem like an intimidating thing to do. Many people struggle with this part of recovery, but addiction counselors are here to help in a non-judgmental, positive way.

Addiction counseling can help conquer your dependence on opioids, but where do you start? It is one thing to admit to yourself that you have an addiction, but how do you build up the courage to talk about it to a stranger? There are so many fears that hold people back from reaching out for support, but the fear of not having a support system should be even more frightening.

What Is Addiction Counseling?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that an addiction counselor’s role ” is to provide support, education, and nonjudgmental confrontation.” This type of counseling is strongly recommended if you are in a medication-assisted treatment program, which only helps to decrease the chance for a relapse. It can take place in an individual or group setting, depending on what you feel comfortable with. Group counseling helps patients feel a sense of community and realize they are not alone in this difficult time.

These three points are critical to build a relationship with someone who is struggling, and it is a counselor’s mission to be there every step of the way.

How Do They Support Me?

You may have no one to talk to whether it is because you isolated yourself or your friends and family distanced themselves from you. Counselors are there to not only guide you to a better life, but they are also there to listen. One type of therapy a counselor may utilize is “cognitive-behavioral therapy“. Counselors can help you learn what triggers a relapse or an urge to use and whether it is physical, emotional, or both. When the trigger is identified, you are able to learn how to cope with it rather than giving in to it. Your counselor can also help you in mending damaged relationships and gain the confidence and self-control to really turn your life around.

If you feel like medication-assisted treatment is the route you want to take, AppleGate Recovery has these services bundled together at one place with a staff that cares about you. Click here to find a list of locations.