Core Functions of Counseling

counselor core functionsIf you are in search of drug counseling for yourself or for someone you know, it’s important to know what the core functions of a counselor are and how these functions can help you get sober. Not all counselors will utilize a step based treatment program and there are many different types of counseling readily available to assist people in overcoming substance abuse and addiction related problems—but what are the main steps that your counselor must take in order to ensure that you get sober? How can the counselor really help? The answer pertains to the use of core counseling functions that every substance abuse counselor focuses on.

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What are the Core Functions of Counseling?

First, a counselor will screen you. Screening is the initial process of evaluation that includes assessing your physical, psychological and emotional well-being. Be open and honest to ensure that your counselor gets the right details and can provide the most effective care.

Next, the counselor will perform what is known as an intake and orientation session. The intake will consist of further screening and may include a drug test. The orientation part of this core function of counseling will include discussing general rules and the guidelines of the treatment program as well as what is expected of the patient. Pay close attention and ask questions as needed.

Following orientation, the counselor will develop a proposed plan of treatment for the addiction and for any underlying psychological or emotional matters. The treatment planning process may involve asking some questions of you and the process is often re-evaluated as time goes on to adjust for new scenarios and goals.

Counseling will commence on a daily, weekly or similarly scheduled basis to ensure that you are getting the support and the educational guidance that you need. The counselor will work with you to help you understand why you use drugs, what you can do to stop and how to avoid potential relapse.

Another one of the core functions of counseling revolves around case management. The counselor will manage every aspect of your substance abuse recovery and may make recommendations for medical care, outside care and may provide you with access to other resources as needed. This is all part of case management to help you get and stay sober.

Should a problem arise, counselors provide you with what is known as crisis intervention. This means that they can help divert or help you overcome a crisis such as relapse, problems at home or other issues. Immediate intervention is key to staying sober and your substance abuse counselor knows this first hand!

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