Types of Addiction Counseling That Can Work for You

Addiction is a term used to denote substance dependence or behavioral addiction. The types of addiction counseling that you choose can greatly affect your chance of recovery and chance of restoring a happy and productive life to you and your loved ones.

If your dependence upon any substance or behavior is such that it impairs control over your actions for obtaining that short-term gratification and this behavior is negatively impacting life, then you need to get help.

Types of Addiction Counseling

Getting the right help is a crucial first step towards recovery and reclaiming your life.

The longer you delay the more complex your issue could become so consider different types of addiction counseling, such as:

Addiction recovery groups

These can range from the wholly secular to the specifically spiritual, depending upon the sort of setting you’re comfortable with.

It is important to find a support recovery group that has members whose beliefs match yours.

Research has shown that this improves group participation and hence chances of lasting recovery.

There are many twelve-step addiction recovery groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) , Nicotine Anonymous (NicA), Pills Anonymous, Cocaine/Crystal Meth/Marijuana/ Heroin Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous and Codependents Anonymous.

There are other types of addiction counseling or therapy groups that use the non twelve-step recovery program. Women for Sobriety, SMART Recovery, Pagans in Recovery, Moderation Management, Narconon (Church of Scientology), LifeRing Secular Recovery and so on are some options.


Types of addiction counseling take many different forms. There can be inpatient counseling where a person can have periodic sessions with a therapist while continuing to live at home and within the community. Inpatient counseling would refer to counseling offered as part of a rehab or detox program at a separate facility.

Counseling can be private, one on one, it can have a family basis, or it could be community based, such as the kind offered by the school system, the social services and so on.

When counseling is geared towards a child’s recovery from substance addiction, an eating disorder or other addictive behavior, the involvement of the rest of the family could be crucial to success of the recovery program.


One alternative would be a halfway house, where the addict continues to live within the community but with strong supports and structured counseling, group therapy and so on.

Or you can consider checking into rehab for a more rigorous addiction recovery program. Not only are doctors, nurses and psychiatrists present here, the restricted environment, medications and group therapy sessions can make these types of addiction counseling more suitable for severe addiction.



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