Rehabilitation Counseling

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Rehabilitation counseling is one of the most popular forms of counseling available today. This kind of counseling encompasses all forms of addiction. To give you just some examples, these can range from cigarette smoking, to drug and alcohol abuse, to eating disorders, to sex addiction. Counselors involved in this type of therapy range from basic drug and alcohol counselors operating on a volunteer basis to highly-trained psychotherapists.

The world of rehabilitation counseling has traveled a long road. Substance abuse and other forms of addiction have been around for over a century, and over time, the accepted methods of rehabilitation have changed drastically. In the past, people with addictive behaviors were often confined to sanitariums. Today, rehabilitation is available on a far less traumatic basis, in both in-patient and out-patient facilities. Much has been learned since the dark days of early rehabilitation techniques, and this is all to society's advantage.

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Making the decision whether or not to commit to an in-patient facility can be intimidating. However, it helps greatly to seek the advice and support of your doctor and other health professionals, as well as your friends and family. Although these decisions are ultimately yours to make, knowing that you don't have to face them alone can be a great relief.

One thing that makes rehabilitation counseling much easier to seek is modern society's increased openness toward the subject. As just one example, popular celebrities such as Ozzy Osbourne are making their struggles with addictions known to the world, putting a very human and relatable face on such an often intimidating problem. Their ability to do so, with less stigmatization than even a decade ago, is proof of society's increased acceptance of treatment and solutions over shame and denial.


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