A trained therapist or counsellor can help an addict to understand their emotional needs and explore their feelings and way of thinking. Any underlying problems contributing to their addiction are addressed.
One on one counselling on an outpatient basis works best in conjunction with other types of treatment or as follow-up support. It is useful for people who have completed a residential or outpatient rehab program but still wish to have the ongoing support of a counsellor.
After an initial assessment, the client agrees to a series of counselling sessions and attends these on a regular basis (weekly or more).
Outpatient counselling can be funded through the NHS or privately.
It is important to always check the credentials of any counsellor you see.