Here’s What You Can Expect From Substance Abuse Counseling

There are many different treatments out there for those struggling with substance abuse. Everything from medication to therapy plays a role in substance abuse recovery. 

But, one thing that remains the same for most people who struggle with substance abuse is counseling. 

Counseling is a powerful tool that helps the patient learn skills to work on themself. While addiction treatment and attending rehabilitation are helpful, these methods don’t necessarily dive into the underlying challenges that may have led to addiction. 

If you or a loved one has been looking for counseling in West Palm Beach, and The Banyan Group is here to help. One of our many specialties is substance abuse and we can help those dealing with addiction or dependency. 


What is Counseling?

Counseling is a session that you attend with a counselor whose goal is to help you work through your substance abuse. 

During your sessions, you will talk more about your addiction to discover why you engage in addictive behavior. By identifying these habits and the root cause, you can easily understand triggers and why you developed an addiction. 

While some people may not enjoy counseling as much as others, it’s a powerful tool in helping people remain sober. There’s no saying how many sessions you should undergo as counseling and substance abuse are different for everyone.

However, many people decide to go for many years to remain on the right track. There are also various types of counseling you can attend. 

At The Banyan Group, we offer group sessions, individual sessions, AA, NA, and the 12 Step recovery program.

Group Counseling Sessions

During the group counseling sessions, you will have the opportunity to meet others who are going through similar situations as you. 

Many patients find that going to these group sessions helps them feel less alone and can even motivate them to keep going. 

Seeing other people in the same boat offers some comfort and can make the journey to sobriety a little easier. 

It’s also nice to see others who have remained sober for a while now, reminding newer patients that it does get easier. During these sessions, you will be able to learn from the counselor and your peers and use what works best for you.

Individual Sessions

During individual counseling sessions, your counselor will focus solely on you and your unique situation. Every session might be different, but the end goal remains the same. 

During these sessions, you might discuss your past, addiction, and how your relationship with your substance came to be. 

Your counselor will listen to you talk and help you find ways to cope. The counselor will also help you learn how to identify when you are triggered and things you can do to avoid temptation.

Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous

AA, or alcoholics anonymous, and NA, narcotics anonymous, is a more casual type of counseling in a group setting. During these meetings, you can either listen or talk. 

There is no pressure to open up if you don’t want to. These meetings are also optional and do not require you to attend every week. Many people enjoy this form of counseling as it’s more laid back.

12 Step Recovery Program

The 12 Step recovery program got created to help those struggling with alcohol addiction. However, counselors may recommend it for a variety of substance abuse problems. The 12 Step program is essentially a guide on how to live life when one becomes sober. 

It offers some principles in each step that gives patients insight into their life. 

To move on to the next step, patients need to master their current step, allowing for real progress. Additionally, the steps provide a framework, with structure and a clear plan. This structure makes the goal clearer and it allows you to see what progress you have made.

Contact The Banyan Group Today

If you or a loved one is struggling with substance abuse, consider counseling at The Banyan Group


With the help of a counselor, patients can learn how to maintain sobriety and manage their triggers. The best part is that there are various types of counseling sessions available. 


Whether individual sessions are preferred or a combination of individual and group sessions are desired, you have options. 


To get started on the road to recovery, call our team at (561) 967-2566.