In addiction recovery, counsellors are an integral support system for people who are recovering from all forms of addiction, disorders and behavioural problems. Counsellors create a relationship with their patients, and this relationship is based on trust. Counsellors basically give the support and resources needed for the patient to get back on his feet.
With a form of guidance which is judgment free, patients would find it helpful on their road to recovery from addiction.
One of the quintessential role of a counsellor is, he creates a beneficial healing relationship with patients. On the side of a patient, the decision to opt for treatment is quite difficult, and it involves much trust between they and the counsellors. Bearing this knowledge in mind, counsellors invest a great deal of care in forming a strong bond with the individuals.
This form of healing relationship is basically the trust and dependence of addicted individuals on their counsellors. At this stage, they open up to the counsellor, and trust him with their feelings; strength and weakness. Such strong relationships help the patient to see their counsellors as trustworthy, and they are assured that they have their best interests at heart.
This kind of trust develops with time, and patients would then feel at ease to discuss openly when sessions are ongoing. They would also feel relieved after each appointment, and there would be a strong urge to return.
Counsellors makes sure that the patients are aware of the fact that, they have interest in their welfare. During sessions too, the counsellors ensure that they lend an effective listening ear during each session. This shows the individual that the counsellor is interested in his or her recovery.
Also, counsellors encourage patient recovery, as they have been trained to motivate the patient never to give up. Motivation gets easier when the counsellor has an effective idea of the entire addiction process of the individual.
Due to the chronic nature of addiction, once recovery is in sight, the counsellor is known to assist the patient in creating a relapse prevention plan, which would ensure that the patient does not go back on his addiction