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is your addiction counselor right for you

Is Your Addiction Counselor Right for You?

Congratulations! You’ve made up your mind and intend to take one of the most difficult

steps to recover: asking for help. Good for you at being proactive and starting the walk to

recovery and good health.

Now all you need to do is find someone who is willing to walk that path with you. That’s

right, you need an addiction counselor! If you don’t know where to start, then the steps

mentioned below will be of great help. If you already have a counselor, you can simply use

them to reaffirm your faith in that professional.

Start Looking

Finding the right addiction counselor could be as simple as looking up the local professionals

in your area on the internet. Do some research, find out the kind of addictions they have

helped others with, and then make an appointment.

Alternatively, you could know someone, such as your doctor, a friend, or a loved one, who

can recommend one to you. If you set value by their opinion, why not pay the counselor a

visit to see if they are the best match for you.

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Check Credentials

Whether it is through your research or a referral, you have found someone who you can see

as your future counselor. Good! Your next step should be to see if they are credible and

competent. You can do that by checking their credentials. Confirm the following at the very

least:

Are they who they say they are?

Do they have the right degree associated with this profession?

Do they have a license to practice?

Is the license still valid?

Look for Experience

It would be better if you went to a counselor who has the right kind of experience. For

instance you were looking for treatment against a problem with alcohol. In such a case,

you’d want an addiction counselor with additional certification that allows them to treat

such patients.

You should also look for an addiction counselor who has treated patients with mental issues

along with addiction. This is important because most individuals with addiction prevailing

throughout their livesare likely to be dealing with comorbid mental health issues.

The objective is to look for someone who you know has the highest chances of helping you

get better. Another step that would ensure that happens is mentioned below:

Check Reviews

If you want to know whether the addiction counselor of your choice can help you or not,

simply ask! Don’t just ask them. You also need to ask the other people with problems

similar to yours whom the counselor may have treated. The best way of doing that is by

checking reviews online.

Just keep three things in mind while checking those reviews:

1.Not all good addiction counselors have internet presence. So don’t depend just on the

reviews.

2.Excellent reviews do not an excellent counselor make since some reviews could be fake

or paid for. Therefore, don’t just depend on good reviews.

once you ve found the right addiction counselor

Once you’ve found the right addiction counselor, they will be treating your addiction issues

on different levels, including medical, physical, and psychological. Finding the right fit will go

a long way, so it is better to get started right away!

Articles Source: http://www.medicalrights.org/is-your-addiction-counselor-right-for-you/