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Sometimes things can get to be more than you can handle. I know this from my own personal experience. I suffered a great loss and after a year of trying to cope with that loss on my own, I knew that it was time for me to reach out for some help. I was missing work, didn't want to do much of anything and just didn't feel like myself. I started seeing a counselor each week, and it has helped. If you are struggling to recover after a loss, this blog may be able to help you find the help you need to get past it.

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H.O.W. – 3 Parts Of Addiction Recovery A Mental Health Counselor Can Help Build

by Jessica Mason

Beginning a new life of recovery from addiction can be challenging. Three of the most vital things you must learn are honesty, openness and willingness to change. Consulting with a mental health professional can help you perfect these three important characteristics to improve your chances of a successful recovery from any addiction.


Stepping forward into a life free of addiction is going to require you to be honest. You will need to be honest about your addiction and, most of all, honest about your part in creating your addictive situation.

By talking with a mental health counselor you can be assured all that you say is confidential. As your relationship with your counselor begins to grow, it will be natural that you will want to be increasingly honest about many different aspects of your life. It is the honesty surrounding many of these things that will help you dig up the real reasons underlying your addiction.


One important way to help build a strong and healthy relationship with your counselor will be to open up about everything. Openness is the second in the triangle of attributes that seeing a mental health specialist will help you foster.

A mental health specialist, trained in addictions, can provide you with a foundation to improve your openness. By being open with your counselor, they will be able to help you determine what types of situations in your life may be the underlying cause of you addiction. By uncovering the causes, you will have an excellent chance of winning your battle with addiction.


Willingness is the final part of the acronym H.O.W., but it is not in any way of lesser importance than any of the previous two. Without a willingness to change, a willingness to endure what will at times seem like a long and difficult process of change, your recovery program will be unstable. A mental health counselor is trained at helping you develop your own willingness and is trained to offer you valuable encouragement when the road of addiction recovery becomes challenging.

Battling addictions of all kinds can be difficult. A trained professional will only be able to help you if you are willing to be forthright and open with all the aspects of your life.

Consulting with a mental health professional can help you understand and develop these three important aspects necessary for successful recovery. By being honest, open, and showing a willingness to change, your chances of living a life free from your addictions are good. A counselor can be like a doorway to a new life.

For mental health counseling, contact a company such as Dr. Stephen Brown & Associates.