Addiction Counselling at the Canadian Centre for Addictions is a relationship in which a counsellor helps the client mobilize resources to resolve their problem and modify attitudes and values.
Whether it is drug or alcohol rehab, the counsellor will explain and facilitate multiple models of counselling with the individual. The methods that will be used will be determined through an assessment establishing what would be most effective for the particular client. These methods may include:
The counsellor will always discuss and explain to the individual the rationale for what they are doing in counselling, as the process must be a collaborative effort between the helper and the person being helped.
During one-on-one sessions, the addiction counsellor will follow six stages to ensure that all issues are properly understood, reflected upon, addressed, and resolved. The stages are as follows:
The counsellor gathers as much information as realistically possible in order to make a valid assessment and treatment plan. Some of the information discussed might include:
There are 5 major issues involved in evaluating the information the client provides:
The counsellor provides information to the client so that the former can determine how everything that is being done in addiction counselling aligns with the individual’s goals.
The agreement between the counsellor and the client will be imperative to the therapeutic relationship. Many areas are covered in the agreement, such as the following:
The client and the counsellor will work together toward resolving problems and meeting outlined goals. The counsellor will assess on an ongoing basis the most effective method of individual counselling to ensure that they are supporting the client’s needs as best as possible.
Termination is not the last counselling session, but rather a phase in which the counsellor will work with the client on preparing a discharge and aftercare plan. When the client is done treatment, they will be able to stay sober and continue working toward their goals on their own.
This is a timely and carefully planned process that involves the collaboration of not only the client’s counsellor but also the entire clinical team to ensure every resource possible is at the client’s disposal when completing treatment. However, if the counsellor sees a need for an intensive in-patient program, then that will also be recommended as that has many benefits.