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What is individualized counseling for addiction?

Howard J. Shaffer, PhD
Addiction Medicine
Individualized counseling for addiction focuses specifically on getting the client to stop or reduce the use of a substance or an addictive behavior. It also helps him or her deal with the adverse repercussions of addiction, which can include joblessness, legal trouble, and family or social conflict. Rather than delve into unconscious processes, individualized counseling sets discrete short-term practical goals and helps clients to develop strategies for coping with craving and for maintaining abstinence.

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