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.
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.
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:
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:
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: