Drug Addiction Counselor

Drug Addiction CounselorDrug addiction counselors can help California addicts because they have experience and training in treating addictions. Because they have spent hours in internships and in clinical training, they have seen and dealt with the typical patterns associated with addictions. In addition, as professionals they usually will have spent time studying the research on various kinds of addictions, from the medical findings to discoveries in the area of social dynamics. Most every drug treatment program will have certified drug/alcohol addiction counselors on staff or available for California patients on an outpatient basis.

Are Drug Addiction Counselors Certified to Treat California Residents?

In any reputable and effective treatment program the drug addiction counselors are certified, usually through graduate-level degree or certificate programs. One important aspect of most training programs is how they not only equip counselors for treatment but they also clarify the limits on the counselors expertise; thus, if medical, psychiatric, social, or even legal issues arise, the trained and certified counselor will recognize the limits of his or her expertise and readily bring in trained professionals such as doctors, psychiatrists, social workers, and so on. (Many states have one or more organizations that oversee the certification of drug counselors; sometimes these organizations are allied with state agencies, so Californians can contact their local or state departments of health to find out more.)

How Do Drug Addiction Counselors Help California Addicts?

Counselors can help in the following ways:

  • Drug addiction counselors can help medical professionals (doctors and psychiatrists) diagnose patients.
  • Drug addiction counselors will help the California patients understand their behaviors, clarify issues, identify obstacles, and plan strategic and specific changes in lifestyle.
  • Drug addiction counselors with specific training can address specific issues (associated physical abuse) and/or specific populations (teens, women, minorities, the elderly).
  • Drug addiction counselors have training in follow-up treatments that are crucial for long-term recovery and long-term sobriety.

On the most immediate and human level, drug and alcohol addiction counselors are caring persons who will listen and guide you toward health. Most of them genuinely desire to help their fellow humans through the difficult but surprisingly common problem of addiction. In other words, if you live in California and feel isolated and alienated because of your drug addiction, a counselor is someone you can turn to, no matter how badly you are addicted to drugs or alcohol.

California Addiction Rehabilitation Help

To speak to someone who can connect you to a counselor, call our toll-free helpline any time of day or night. You can talk with with a drug addiction counselor and begin your path to recovery. Why wait? Call now.

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