If you’re struggling with substance abuse or addiction, you might have experienced situations where others have as an “addict” and treated you differently than others because of it.
Unfortunately, medical professionals and therapists are not immune from this trap.
Maybe you’ve tried to get help before, but you were disappointed off by the way someone behaved around you. Maybe you felt they didn’t think you deserved the same compassion or understanding as other people.
I want you to know… there is still hope. There are many mental health professionals who will welcome you in their offices and treat you with the the dignity and respect you deserve.
If you’ve been thinking about talking to a counselor or therapist, but you’re worried about how you might be treated if you reach out for help, here are my three best tips for how to find a quality, caring mental health professional.
1. Look for a therapist who will treat your whole condition.
This should include your addiction, but not be limited to it. A good therapist will ask about your entire life, not just your addiction, helping you get to the root of your struggles.
2. Be realistic about what a therapist can do.
There is no magic pill you can take that will instantly make an addiction go away, but seeing a therapist or counselor is a brave step in the right direction. But just like any human problem, healing won’t happen instantly.
3. Know that it will take a while.
Addiction is just like any other human problem. It will take time and patience to treat, along with a solid commitment from you to work regularly with your counselor.
You can find quality care for your addiction and substance abuse struggles.
If you’re in the Fort Collins area, you’d be more than welcome here at Heart-Centered Counseling. We have a group of therapists who can help, no matter what you’re going through.
Some of the content for this blog post was inspired by a longer article about psychotherapy for people who have addictions, which is well intended but has a few flaws to it as well. It can be found here.