Overcoming drug abuse can be very difficult and most people will require help in different forms e.g. form of counselling and self-help groups, although the exact methods used will depend on the individual and the nature of their addiction. Treatment for drug abuse can only be successful if an individual is ready and willing to change. It can take a lot of courage and strength to face up to an addiction, but recognising that you need help is the first important step to a successful recovery.
Attending counselling and seeing a counsellor can often help people who are addicted set achievable and empowering short-term goals as they work to overcome their addiction. Once sobriety is achieved, adaptive skills can be developed as the person works to regain physical and emotional health, and the counsellor can begin to explore the source or cause of the addiction with the person in treatment as the person begins to employ the new coping strategies. Together, the counsellor and the person being treated can work to set long-term goals that may include rebuilding damaged relationships, accepting responsibility for actions, and releasing guilt.