It is very important that you find an addiction counselor that can help you with your addictions and other anxiety related issues. Some people have a difficult time in finding the right counselor for them which can be very challenging.
Here are some tips on how to find the best addiction counselor for your particular situation.
Talk to your doctor
Your family doctor is a great source in finding a good addiction counselor. Explain to your doctor your mental health issues and he or she can put you in the right direction in seeking the proper help for your mental health issues.
Ask your friends and relatives for advice
Talk to your friends and relatives to see if any of them know of any good addiction counselors in your area. Many churches and nonprofit agencies have a variety of mental health programs in your area. Asking the people who participate in these programs can lead you in the right direction.
Join a local AAA group
Go to an AAA or local support group in your area and ask if anyone knows of a good counselor that could help you with your mental health issues. There are many people who attend these groups who can offer you some ideas.
Do your research
You want a therapist that can get results so it is important that you ask the right questions. Does your therapist offer you affordable ways to pay for your counseling sessions? Does your counselor understand your current situation? Doing your homework in finding a good therapist will save you a lot of time and money so take the time to do the necessary research.
Always ask for referrals
Finding a counselor to help you depends on how you interact with the counselor and how they interact with you. It is a good idea to get some referrals from other people to make sure that you are talking to somebody who has a good track record in helping others.
Measure your progress
If you do not see any improvement in your mental health after a couple of months, you may want reconsider your options. Your counselor can’t make your mental health issues disappear right away, however you should see some progress in two months or so. Remember that you always have options so do not give up!
Stan Popovich is the author of the popular managing fear book, “A Layman’s Guide To Managing Fear”. For more information about Stan’s book and to get some free mental health advice, please visit Stan’s website at http://www.managingfear.com.
Last Updated on December 14, 2020