Addiction is a complicated condition which usually has no one cause. It’s often said in the field of addiction treatment that addiction isn’t the problem, it’s the symptom of the problem. While there are many competing theories on addiction, the bio-psycho-social model is accepted by most practitioners. This theory suggests that addiction arises due to a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors.
Addiction counselling occurs usually once a week. The client explains their problem to the counsellor and the counsellor works with the client to overcome it. Counselling involves a mix of psycho-education and guided discovery. Psycho-education is where the counsellor teaches the client about addiction and psychology. Guided discovery is where the client and counsellor work together to get to the root of the addiction and develop routines to recover from it.
A typical counselling session lasts for 50 minutes. It is designed to be long enough for effective communication to occur, without the client being overloaded. This is important as often counselling can cause a lot of emotions to emerge.
As Addiction is a subjective experience and everyone is different, it’s impossible to say exactly how many sessions are required. On average clients usually have about 7 sessions. The benefits of addiction counselling may be felt after the first session, and the client will be able to take away helpful advice that can benefit them in the future.
There are some free services available on our resources page – click here. Most free counselling services only cater to certain social groups such as homeless people, or those affected by suicide.
Most Residential Treatment centres in Ireland charge for their services. If you have insurance, then your broker may cover it. Residential Treatment can be very expensive, costing as much as €13,000 for a 5 week stay. For more information on what might best suit you, contact us here.