Can Over-the-Phone Addiction Counseling Help Me?

Can Over-the-Phone Addiction Counseling Help Me?Every individual is unique, every addict is unique and every addiction is unique. This means any treatment option must be unique and tailored to fit the individual. Over the phone addiction counseling can be effective but only in certain cases. Whether or not over the phone counseling will be effective for you depends on several factors including the severity of your addiction and your individual circumstances.

How Severity of Addiction Determines the Type of Counseling Needed

The severity of your addiction is a major factor in determining the intensity and duration of treatment you need. Over the phone counseling may work for you if you have a mild addiction to a drug that does not produce severe withdrawal symptoms. Less intensive recovery options can work for addictions to drugs like marijuana for the following reasons:

  • Marijuana does not produce severe or dangerous withdrawal symptoms when use is stopped and does not require medical supervision during detox
  • Marijuana tends to produce an addiction that is primarily psychological and can be treated through counseling alone
  • You may not have not been addicted for a long time and may not have formed deeply ingrained habits of marijuana use

Not all addictions can be treated like mild marijuana addictions. Many drugs produce a strong physical dependency, and severe withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous and even life threatening if not medically supervised. Drugs such as alcohol, benzodiazepines (Xanax, Klonopin, Valium), stimulants (cocaine, Ritalin) and opiates (heroin, Lortab, Percocet, OxyContin) induce a strong physical addiction and severe withdrawal symptoms. In cases of severe addiction to any of these drugs it is imperative to detox under medical supervision. Intensive therapy for issues related to addiction and any underlying psychological conditions is also extremely important for a successful long-term recovery. Over the phone counseling will not be adequate during the early stages of recovery, but it can still be an effective part of aftercare services once an intensive rehab program has been completed.

Individual Circumstances Determine the Type of Counseling Needed

Another factor to consider when choosing an addiction recovery program is the individual circumstances of the addict. Over the phone counseling might be a good aftercare solution for someone whose job requires regular travel or whose work schedule will not allow for regular in-person counseling sessions. There are other special circumstances in which over the phone counseling is a good solution.

Questions about Over the Phone Counseling?

If you have questions about over the phone counseling or other aspects of treatment for drug addiction, call us. Our staff of addiction treatment specialists can answer any questions you have and help you find the best treatment options to fit your individual needs. Our number is toll free, and we are available 24 hours a day. Please call.