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Counseling For Substance Use Disorder

Attending Substance Use Disorder Counseling is an integral component of a comprehensive Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) program. An evidence based practice that research has shown is most effective in conjunction with buprenorphine treatment and support groups. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), medications such as buprenorphine in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies provide a whole-patient approach to treatment of substance use dependency.

We offer counseling via Telehealth!

What Sets Us Apart

Middlesex Recovery counselors are trained professionals who are experienced with the complex disorder of addiction. Each counselor is trained in numerous proven techniques used to address the causes and consequences of addiction. Our main focus is to help patients identify and attain their unique recovery goals and improve their overall mental and emotional well-being. Our patients will benefit from both individual and group counseling settings, both of which are available at select Middlesex Recovery locations. 

Recovery Goal-Setting

Setting goals is a productive method for a patient’s recovery treatment plan. It provides much needed motivation and structure throughout all phases of treatment and contributes to successful long-term recovery. Goals can be difficult to set and follow without the proper guidance. Middlesex Recovery counselors and behavioral health partners work with our patients to develop healthy and attainable goals while tracking progress by answering the following questions:

  • What are my “big picture” goals? Setting broad goals such as “happiness” and “live healthier” may be difficult to measure, but can help get started in the goal setting process.
  • What specific things in life can I improve? Patients’ progress is trackable towards attaining these goals and will show measurable success over time.
  • How can I prioritize my goals? When numerous goals are generated, it can become overwhelming as patients try to repair various areas of their lives. Counselors can help patients determine goals vital to their mental or physical health to be addressed first and then prioritize the remaining goals that are left for enrichment.

Individual Counseling

The focus of individual counseling is to address the underlying emotional and psychological aspects of addiction and preparing patients to handle life’s everyday challenges. Middlesex counselors are trained to work with patients to determine their unique areas of focus, addressing issues that have had a negative emotional effect on patients. For those clinics that don’t offer counseling, referral-based community counseling centers provide complimentary aspects to the treatment program. These areas of focus may include:

  • Overcoming cravings for opioids or other mind-altering substances
  • Understanding the disease of addiction and relapse prevention techniques
  • Learning healthy coping mechanisms and strategies to manage stress
  • Building life skills to improve quality of life in all areas
  • Finding a safe place to work through past trauma, family issues and other problems
  • Repairing and maintaining healthy relationships with family and friends
  • Developing support systems for ongoing recovery
  • Planning and goal setting to build a happy and productive life in long-term recovery
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Group Counseling

Group counseling can be an extremely effective component of a comprehensive treatment plan. Middlesex counselors facilitate groups to help patients feel connected to a community and to not feel so alone during treatment. Some patients entering a treatment program may feel overwhelmed and afraid. Group counseling offers an opportunity to express those feelings with others who have had similar experiences, creating a sense of belonging. Additional benefits that group counseling offers:

  • Sharing experiences and solutions provide patients with the opportunity to learn new tools and strategies for problem-solving from others in recovery.
  • Feelings of guilt and shame are reduced as patients realize that others have had similar experiences in and out of addiction.
  • Patients are able to provide support and hold one another accountable to their individual and group treatment goals.
  • Building a support network of both family and friends, but also others in recovery provides a patient with the support needed to persevere through difficulties in sobriety.
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Our focus is on providing patients with comprehensive care and support as they seek recovery from opioids or alcohol. Our dedicated treatment staff, as well as on-site lab services, access to support groups and other resources providing the patient with the most convenient access to care.