The Role Of A Chemical Dependency Counselor

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The role of a chemical dependency counselor can be a very challenging, yet extremely rewarding one. There are many skills and qualities that the successful counselor possesses. Carl Rogers was the first to spearhead the movement of person centered therapy and he has provided a very influential theory on how a person in treatment should be treated. He deemed these to be the most important elements in the therapeutic movement: unconditional positive regard- helps makes change happen because they feel safe and cared about, accurate empathy- it is an understanding of what they are going through, congruence- be who you are, and lastly the desire to help (Watkins, 2016). These elements are the basic ingredient needed to embark on the journey of recovery with a client. This counseling model is intended to provide in depth detail of the counseling process and covers critical concepts that must be understood to effectively help the chemically dependent. The definition of addiction, the subsequent theories, prevalent disorders, and treatment processes are presented as a guide for counseling the chemically dependent.

DSM V criteria for Substance Use Disorder
In order to provide the best counseling possible to aid in the recovery of addiction it is necessary to fully understand the definition of substance abuse and dependence (aka addiction). Alan Leshner (1997) defines addiction as an, “uncontrollable compulsive drug craving, seeking, and use that interferes with, if not…

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