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What to Expect from Your First Counseling Session


It is normal to feel anxious about getting into a counseling session, especially when it is your first time as part of your substance abuse treatment. However, when you feel overwhelmed, you may not be able to express your thoughts and feelings well enough to maximize your time.

That is why we at New Hope Drug & Alcohol Treatment Program, Inc., as your trusted provider of counseling and recovery program in Los Angeles, California are running down some of what you can expect during your counseling session.

Here is a list of what you need to take note of:

  • You would have to know how to describe ‘what’s wrong?’ to your counselor.

    Going to counseling is pretty much like going to the doctor; you will be asked about your symptoms, medical history, among others. Thus, be sure to think about your symptoms beforehand so they can be more accurate in assessing your condition.

  • You would need to participate actively.

    This may be a given, but a counseling session requires you to share more than what you have probably shared before. On that note, make sure to be open and honest about your feelings.

  • You would need to go in willingly.

    The success of your counseling session rests on your willingness to undergo the process, so you have to want to do it yourself.

We hope this has helped you feel more ready to take on this journey. For 100% confidential individual and family counseling sessions for your needs, visit our non-profit drug treatment center in California today.

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