Opioid (narcotic) addiction is biological, psychological, and social:
Physical symptoms include the need for increasing amounts of the drug,
withdrawal, cravings, and sleep disturbance.
Psychological symptoms include a reliance on narcotics to cope with everyday
problems. The inability to feel good or celebrate without using narcotics is another sign of addiction.
Social symptoms include less frequent contact with important people in your life,
and absence from or neglect of important life issues and events. In some cases,
there may be criminal and legal implications.
Importance of Counseling
The primary goal of addiction counseling is to help the client achieve and maintain abstinence from addictive chemicals and behaviors. The secondary goal is to help the client recover from the damage the addiction has done to the client's life. Participation in addiction therapy is an extremely valuable aid to recovery. It helps recovering individuals develop a social support network outside of their treatment program, teaches the skills needed to recover, and helps clients take responsibility for their own recovery. In addition to encouraging clients to attend self-help groups, our counseling program educates clients and incorporates many of its concepts into the content of counseling. Breaking through denial; staying away from negative people, places, and things; taking a personal inventory; working on character defects; and spirituality in recovery are among the concepts addressed within the content of the counseling sessions.