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“Counseling is an essential part of drug abuse treatment for many people. Cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy , and other therapy approaches can help people recovering from opioid addiction stay clean. Psychotherapy can also treat the other mental health conditions (Co-occurring disorders) that often contribute to prescription drug abuse. -“


• Stress, especially sudden life stresses

• Cues in the environment, like visiting a neighborhood

• Social networks, like spending time with friends who continue to use drugs

Co-occurring Disorders

“There are a number of disorders that co-occur with opioids addiction. The most commonly co-occurring disorder with any substance abuse disorder is another substance abuse disorder. Disorders that are co-morbid to opioid addiction include:”

Why Counseling Is Important in Addiction Treatment

Opioid addiction is more than a physical dependence on drugs. Even after detox, when physical dependence is cured, addicts are at high risk for relapse. Psychological and social factors are often powerful stimuli for prescription drug abuse relapse:

• Alcohol abuse

• Cannabis abuse

• Stimulant abuse

• Benzodiazepine abuse

• Depression

• Anxiety

• Insomnia

• Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

These factors can create ongoing, nearly irresistible urges to use drugs. Prescription drug abuse counseling helps addicts escape craving and learn to cope with life, without using drugs.