|"Counseling (individual and/or group) and other behavioral therapies are critical components of effective treatment for addiction."
In therapy, patients address issues of motivation, build skills to resist drug use, replace drug-using activities with constructive and rewarding nondrug-using activities, and improve problem-solving abilities. Behavioral therapy also facilitates interpersonal relationships and the individual's ability to function in the family and community and the workplace.
There is therapeutic value in groups of addicts helping one another remain abstinent, to be sure. Some recovering people never require anything more than meetings and steps to remain happy, joyous and free.
Many newly sober persons mistake what happens in a 12-Step meeting for "therapy". Please understand that 12-Steppers are not therapists; they are recovering people who have found a particular road to abstinence through taking those 12 Steps and learning to apply principles out in the world beyond meetings.
Psychotherapy (whether the setting is individual or group) is run by an educated, credentialed individual who may or may not be a recovering person.
A Sober Coach will not turn a client away from any resource which might be useful to that client.
At Sober Champion, we maintain that resource brokering must a major component of our service. A skilled, caring, guiding hand to help the newly sober person locate and establish relationships with optimum providers will bear fruit in the months and years after we have departed.
There are many recovering people who, quite simply, never will receive ultimate therapeutic value in a group setting. This doesn't mean there is "something wrong" with such people; it's only a simple truth about their personality types.
Individual and/or group couneling provides a safe harbor for the addict to disclose and explore areas he does not feel safe disclosing in a group of well-wishing but untrained recovering addicts and alcoholics.