The role of counselors in drug addiction treatment is often misunderstood by the public at large. If you or someone close to you is preparing to enter or have already enrolled in a treatment facility, you should take comfort in knowing that addiction counselors aren’t at all there to intimidate or punish! Understanding their role will not only shed light on the treatment process but will also ease tensions, false perceptions, and remove uncertainty.
Addiction Counselors Shouldn’t Be Judgemental
Nobody wants to be lectured or judged based on their behavior or choices and neither do you. Fortunately, this is absolutely not the role of counselors in alcohol or drug intervention services. In fact, many addiction counselors have gone through the recovery process, themselves.
Their key role in the recovery process is to guide you in the right direction. They aren’t there to shame, lecture or scare you into recovery, as this would be counterproductive. They should be attentive, allow you to be honest and give you the guidance needed to promote recovery with a compassionate, non-threatening manner.
Guidance Rather Than Governance
While a counselor will listen, provide guidance and attempt to instill positive behavior in the process of recovery, their goal isn’t to govern your every move. No two people who enter a treatment program have the exact same behavior or personality. Your treatment counselor will be attentive and attentive to your specific reasons and underlying causes of addiction and help you properly address them.