Counseling

For as long as there has been addiction in the United States, one on one counseling has been the most successful and best known approach for addressing substance abuse. Individual, one on one counseling is beneficial because it can be perfectly tailor-made to the addict himself or herself and it pertains specifically to their own personal addiction crisis. Although addiction often seems to manifest itself in the same ways in those who are affected, each individual addict is a unique person and will need a unique approach.

One on one counseling is stellar for treating an addiction crisis for one, main reason. No one puts it better than the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

“The reason why someone starts abusing drugs and alcohol is the key goal of addiction treatment. The ultimate, peak of the mountain of addiction treatment is getting down to the bottom of exactly why the individual started using and abusing drugs and alcohol in the first place, finding that cause, bringing it to the light, addressing it, and bringing to a resolution that allows that key, underlying issue to no longer have an impact on the person. The truth of the matter here is that drug and alcohol abuse and addiction is only a problem if the person allows it to contribute to the problem. No one becomes an addict by chance. For everyone who is using and abusing drugs and alcohol, there is a reason why they are doing it. It is usually underlying. It is usually pretty well buried. One on one counseling is the number one most successful method and way for finding these issues in each and every person who is afflicted with addiction.”

One on one counseling is becoming more and more popular and useful as the years go by. This is because it works and it works well. This is a method that addresses the exact, key issues and personal problems and crisis issues that causes someone to use and abuse drugs and alcohol in the first place. Once the counseling is successful in finding the key inception of one’s drug problem, the counseling can then be utilized to resolve these issues and make them so that they no longer negatively impact the person.

The Need for One on One Counseling in the Nation

Drug and alcohol addiction and substance abuse in general has been an ongoing thing for many years now. This has been a crisis in the nation since the turn of the century and the problem, in spite of efforts to do something about it, has only gotten worse and worse as each year has progressively gone by. One of the key problems here that prevents addicts from getting the one-on-one counseling that they need though is that awareness is not really there when it comes to these issues and these problem factors. If there was more awareness on the issue then there would be less tolerance for it and more addicts would be convinced to go into treatment and get the counseling that they need.

Our attempt have been to not only inform the public on options for addiction treatment, but to also get awareness out there about just how serious these issues are and have been. Listed below are some facts and statistics that we found that really show just how serious and how dangerous and deadly these problems are:

  • In the year of 2013, adults of the age of 21 or older who had first used alcohol at age 14 or younger were more likely to be classified with alcohol dependence or abuse in the past year, ranking in at 14.8%. This is compared to adults who had their first drink at age 21 or older, 2.3%. For young adults, they could benefit greatly from addressing their issues through one-on-one counseling, but most young adults do not feel as though they have a problem so most do not seek out help.
  • An estimated no less than 8.7 million, (or 22%), of underage persons of the age of 12 to 20 were current drinkers in the year of 2013, including 5.4 million binge drinkers and 1.4 million heavy drinkers as well. In fact, according to the University of Michigan’s 2014 Monitoring the Future study, 1 in 5 12th graders reported binge drinking at least once in the prior two weeks at least. All of this excessive drinking amongst underage individuals is highly indicative of underlying issues; again something that could be addressed with skilled and expert counseling.
  • The use and abuse of alcohol and other illicit substances has a substantial impact on school performance in children and in teens both, especially now. Not only do grades suffer due to poor concentration, lack of focus and energy, and drive, but students also lose interest in healthy, social and extracurricular activities too. Eventually, drug and alcohol abuse can lead to truancy and dropping out of school for many who engage in such activities. This all starts with underlying issues, which adolescent individuals have plenty of. If these were addressed from the get go with counseling, addiction would never have a chance to set in.
  • Among people of the age of 12 or older who misused prescription pain relievers in the past year, the most commonly reported reason for their last misuse was to relieve physical pain that they were feeling at that time, (62.6 percent). This could be pain from withdrawals too though from other drugs, thusly trading one drug for another.
  • Among past year misusers of tranquilizers, the most commonly reported reasons were to relax or relieve tension in their bodies or minds, (44.9 percent), or to help with sleep, (20.4 percent all in all). Commonly reported reasons for misuse among stimulant misusers were to help be alert or stay awake, “help” concentrate, or to “help” study the materials necessary and needed to graduate, (26.8, 26.5, and 22.5 percent, respectively). These drugs are being abused to “address” mental issues and make life easier, when really drug-free counseling would accomplish the same effect.

When The Issue is Examined Closely

Here’s an interesting example. It’s in fact nearly impossible to discuss drug and alcohol abuse without recognizing its inevitable and unfortunate link to the criminal justice system and the effects that it has there-in. Untreated substance abuse not only adversely affects users and addicts of the drugs, but it affects entire communities too, and everyone in them. Crime, including violent crime, theft, and petty crime; prison expenses; court and criminal costs; child abuse and neglect and the subsequent legal, foster, and welfare costs are all strongly linked to drug and alcohol abuse.

This just names a few of the costs of drug use. In fact, in the year of 2002, the cost of drug abuse to society was estimated to be at $181 billion all in all. A staggering $107 billion of this cost was linked to drug-related crime and everything that is affected by that. If the criminal system was adjusted to include more one on one counseling from criminal drug users, the issue would not be as bad and more money would be saved in the long run. Instead, the nation addresses the effect of drug and alcohol abuse amongst criminals and spends billions in doing so, rather than addressing the mental crisis of the addicts themselves. One-on one-counseling would accomplish this, and it would cost less too.

One on one counseling stands out as easily being one of the most successful and beneficial approach to addiction treatment that there is. There are many different types and approaches to one on one counseling, which is good because these problems are best addressed from a plethora of different approaches and methods so that individuals can pick and choose their personal method for winning against addiction.

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