Although the counselor is there to be someone you can trust, he or she will also be there to help hold you accountable. If a counselor were to simply sit there, listen to your problems and agree with you, you wouldn’t get well. The best counselors will help you separate things you can improve on as well as how to cope with outside circumstances like family, friends and past trauma. Working with a great counselor, you’ll begin to realize that you’re in much more control than you think you are, but you need the tools.
Your substance abuse counselor will help you become aware of your behaviors, thoughts, and habits that are keeping you sick. In early recovery, being left to your own devices can be a recipe for disaster. Having someone there to follow up with you is extremely beneficial.