Counseling is a beneficial part of substance abuse and mental health. Getting counseling from a licensed and accredited provider will help patients receive the tools needed to thrive and live healthily. One of the US Presidents, John F Kennedy, signed into effect in 1963 a Mental Health Act to ensure that communities of people were receiving better care for their distressing issues.

The importance of counseling is that the licensed professional is a third-party person. He or she is neither related to the patient, nor do they know the patient in any way. The counselor can offer unbiased opinions and insights into difficult issues the patient might be struggling with. Another important part of a counselor is that they allow the patient to talk. Usually when speaking with friends or family, they are waiting for their moment to intercede and offer their opinions of what the patient should or shouldn’t think, feel, or otherwise.

Counseling brings validity to feelings and emotions no matter how irrational or insensitive they might seem. Counseling doesn’t make the patient feel horrible or degraded for being expressive. Most importantly, speaking with a counselor leaves the patient feeling better; to be able to speak to someone without fear of judgment from those close in the daily lives of the patient, is a freeing and lovely experience.

Bringing forth counseling to substance abuse and mental health facilities is a key role into getting the patient sober. It finds the true reasons why the patient began using, validates emotions while giving constructive personalized tools into maintaining sobriety. For patients being able to receive these vitals tools will have a higher success rate to upholding soberness.