When individuals are suffering from addictions, it’s hard to separate them from their problem: their unique personalities are lost to their addictions. Society labels individuals suffering from addictions in ways that dehumanises them and marks them as separate from us: they are labelled as ‘addicts’. Therapists tend to label these individuals as having a ‘substance abuse disorder’ however this too means they are more likely to treat the disorder and not the person.
When you are looking for a therapist, it’s important to look for one that will see you and treat you as an individual. It’s also important to look for a therapist who will conduct all of your treatment exclusively, rather than one that will sent you to an addiction counsellor or group therapy (which has a surprisingly low success rate) to complete your treatment. You should never expect a quick cure, there is no such thing, so be very wary of any therapists who offers you one, or suggests that your addiction will be easy to treat.
To find out more about the do’s and don’ts for individuals suffering from addictions who are in or looking for therapy, please read on here.