Anyone seeking to get drug counselling, either for themselves or someone they know, can often face a bewildering array of information and choices that can be difficult to navigate and fathom. Drug Counselling is often linked to alcohol counselling, and it can sometimes be difficult to establish who best meets a specific set of needs.
Anyone who has a drug problem and is aware of the need to help can approach a number of different sources initially. This can include meetings of Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous or explore the possibility of going to an inpatient rehab.
There are also likely to be a number of outpatient type rehab facilities available, depending upon where the person lives.
If in addition, the individual is seeking specific drug counselling either as a way of helping them deal with the problem, or as an adjunct to some of the type of recovery and the choices become much wider.
There are a number of people who advertise themselves specifically as alcohol and drug counsellors, there will be a massive number of other counsellors and therapists who do not specifically describe themselves as such, but will have experience in the field of alcohol and drug abuse.
It is worth the individual establishing initially what help and support they need.
There is a big difference between getting some initial support and advice about how best to deal with a drug problem, to a longer term need some type of therapy or counselling as a way of helping to deal with underlying emotional issues.
It is likely that anyone entering an inpatient rehab will be able to access some type of drug counselling, either on a one-to-one basis or as part of group therapy.
It is also likely that a number of therapists, both in rehab and in private practice themselves what they would refer to as recovering addicts, or recovered addicts.
Going to see a drug counsellor is themselves a recovered recovering addict is likely to either be very attractive to some people, or a big turnoff to other people. It is worth being aware of the issue and seeking clarification from the counsellor themselves what their own statuses regarding any type of previous drug or alcohol abuse