It is important to understand a little more about why addiction is addiction. Addictions involve physical changes to the body. With illicit drug use, nicotine, and alcohol, these changes include more than just brain chemistry, but various other organ functions.  

The use of drugs causes certain parts of the body to stop functioning and turns on other parts of the body. When the drugs are removed from the system, there is a deficit created of what is needed for the body and mind to continue functioning. The resulting general dysfunction leads to great pain, both mental and physical. This is often referred to as withdrawal.  

How Addiction Counseling Works 

Addiction counseling helps a person to go through the process of withdrawal, which is something most addicts cannot survive on their own. Addiction counseling goes a step further by helping the addict to learn how to live the rest of his life without the addictive substance, which is something addicts cannot do on their own. Most drug addictions start with someone trying to avoid pain, which is temporarily avoided whenever under the influence of that drug.  

Using the drug to avoid that pain becomes such a habit that whatever coping skills may have been present in the brain before drug abuse atrophy further over time. An addiction counselor must ensure that the addict relearns coping with pain so that the addict can effectively deal with pain, rather than falling back into the habit of medicating pain. 

Many other atrophied skills and damaged body functions, including even motor functions in the cases of long-term addiction, must also be relearned. Professional addiction counselors can provide this help at just the right pace for the recovering addict. Some long-term addicts cannot even feed and bathe themselves properly while sober. 

Great patience and a focus on healing the whole being are the focus of addiction counseling in these situations. The addict must learn new living habits. In these cases, inpatient addiction counseling is best. 

The good news is that all of this relearning of basic living habits replaces the old habits. The more new, good habits an addict learns, the better the prognosis for recovery. Once the mind begins to clear, addiction counseling can shift to learning how to confront temptations, emotional turmoil, and bad influences from the past. Mainly, the focus is on replacing these things with new methods and repeating them so often that they become lifestyle habits. So if you think that you or someone you know is going through drug addiction, help them get into proper treatment. You can contact us through our website to get more details on our Rehabilitation Centre in Gurgaon.