After leaving treatment you may find that you are not 100% ready to go back into the world without a guiding hand to help along the way. So deciding to see an addictions therapist may be just the thing you need. You can base the appointments off of your schedule and you are able to let all your frustrations out. But where do you find this therapist, and how do you know if they are right for you?
Many people in the recovery program have found their therapists through referrals. If you went to a treatment center, odds are they have a list of addictions therapists that would be a great match for you. If you have not been to treatment, you may find that it is a lot easier than you think to find referrals from other places. If you are involved in Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous you can ask around and look for suggestions of good therapists there. You may find that hearing the opinions of different therapists from your peers can help immensely in choosing the best therapist for you. However, when asking your peers make sure that they actually enjoy their therapist. You may find that some of the people you ask for a referral actually do not benefit as much as they like but continue to go because they have already made the commitment. It is probably best to follow through on the more positive referrals that you receive. You may also decide to use the internet as a resource for finding an addictions therapist. By using the internet you can go off of reviews that are given from other people, while also giving yourself numerous options of addictions professionals.
Another thing to consider during your search is if you will need treatment on other issues in addition to addiction, such as depression or anxiety. You will find that while some specialize in addiction, other problems might be left untreated. Once you have a couple of ideas in mind you may want to look at some of the outside factors such as the insurances they accept, availability, and if they are even accepting new clients at the time. Check out their website and see if it displays the information you need. Follow that up with a phone call with your possible counselor, see if there is a connection and if you feel comfort when speaking to them. If all lines up well after that it may come time to schedule a visit. During your visit you should scope out where you are and how you feel about it. If you are not comfortable in the setting where the sessions will be held you will not be comfortable enough to open up to your therapist. Going by these guidelines the process to find your perfect addictions counselor can be simple. In fact, you may find yourself with a couple options at the end. Just keep in mind that all that matters is you find a therapist that you are comfortable with.
Call Serenity Acres Treatment Center today for information on how to get help for yourself or a loved one at, 1-800-203-2024.