Recovering from an addiction is an exciting milestone in someone’s life. However, for those who battle such an affliction, the process of detoxing (getting the drug out of the system) might be the easiest step in their recovery process.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction relapses are very similar to those triggered by other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, or hypertension. Though in some cases there might not be a permanent cure, addiction can be successfully managed, provided the patient receives proper treatment.
That is where individual therapy comes in.
According to NIDA, patients that follow a more rounded treatment program that deals with both the physical and psychologic effects of the addiction have an increased chance of a full rehabilitation. As such, counseling should be an integral part of an individual’s drug abuse treatment since it is one of the most effective ways of helping patients manage their condition even after treatment is over.