Introduction There are several different ways to approach substance abuse therapy but the approach

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Introduction There are several different ways to approach substance abuse therapy but the approach must be fitting to the client and the client’s needs. The main goal of substance abuse counseling is to prevent the client from using harmful substances in excessive and potentially dangerous ways. A major portion within the therapy itself is relapse prevention. Relapse prevention is aimed at counseling the individual in such a way to prevent future relapse. The relapse prevention technique also helps the client to discover any underlying issues that may have caused them to start using drugs and alcohol in the first place. Substance abuse counseling focuses on the whole counseling technique, not just the small area of substance abuse.…show more content…
The main goal of substance abuse therapy is to center the therapy on the client’s specific needs to ensure that they stop abusing dangerous and harmful substances. Because this is the main goal, substance abuse therapy takes the perspective that any individual is capable of getting better. It also takes the stance that the individual needs to take steps on their own to make themselves better. The client has to want to get better before the therapy can actually start to work (Koehn & Cutcliffe, 2012). The most commonly abused substance in the United States is alcohol and it accounts for approximately eighty-one percent of all substance abuse related hospitalizations. Marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines, and heroin are among some of the substances that are regularly abused. Some of these substances cause more harm than others but they can all be dangerous and harmful to the individual consuming them. Within substance abuse therapy, it is important to understand the concept of addiction and why people turn to emotional and cognitive altering substances as a way of coping. All of the above substances modify a person’s thinking process and behavior immensely (Clarke & Myers, 2012). Generally, an individual is suffering from some type of underlying emotional or cognitive issue prior to turning to

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