The 12 Steps Of Counseling

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The 12 Steps are Vital in Successful Counseling

In Counseling for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the need to use different techniques is an iatrical part of the process. Working with an individual that is either entering into recovery or actively in recovery, the clinician must take their time with introducing the 12 Steps. The individual may not be open to the 12 Step philosophy right away. Addiction is very complex and actively affects the person on a daily basis; therefore, it is so important to begin from the onset of counseling to create a structured program. There are many different types of counseling approaches for people who are in an active addiction or at the beginning stages of getting help. Finding effective ways of maintaining sobriety can be extremely difficult and challenging. In counseling the individual must begin with gaining trust in the therapist. The 12 Steps may not be introduced at the onset of counseling depending on the stage of their situation. Sometimes, it is helpful to gradually work with the person on finding out what they have done in the past and see why it did or did not work for them. Many times clients will tell the therapist that they have failed with the 12 Steps, so they feel it is not worth trying again. There is a great deal of misconceptions about 12 Step programs, and people generally have been misguided. Some of these false beliefs are that 12 Step programs are “Cults,” they are for old people, they are religious, they brainwash…
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