The Client-Centered Approach of Drug Rehabs

3418 Public Works Drive Knoxville, Tn, (PressExposure) May 12, 2009 -- Drug rehabilitation centers, more commonly known as drug rehabs, are facilities used to treat a patient's dependency on addictive or psychoactive substances such as alcohol and prescription drugs as well as the use of cocaine, heroin or amphetamines. The goal of every drug rehab, may it be for adults or an adolescent drug rehab, is to completely stop a patient from overly using addictive drugs in order to avoid any consequences involved in such abusive acts.

Several approaches have been formed by professionals of the field to effectively treat a patient from his or her addiction. One of the many approaches is a method widely known for its effectiveness in treating a patient of its addiction by means of the therapist working directly with the client. This approach is called the Client-Centered Approach.

The Client-Centered Approach is one of the most widely used models in an adolescent drug rehab. The basic elements of the Client-Centered Approach involve showing congruence (genuineness), empathy, and unconditional positive regard toward a client. Based on these elements the therapist creates a supportive, non-judgmental environment in which the client is encouraged to reach their full potential.

According to specialists, Client-Centered Approach can only be successful if the conditions are supplied successfully. These conditions are as follows:


Therapist-Client Psychological Contact: a relationship between client and therapist must exist, and it must be a relationship in which each person's perception of the other is important.


Client incongruence or Vulnerability: that incongruence exists between the client's experience and awareness. Furthermore, the client is vulnerable to anxiety which motivates them to stay in the relationship.


Therapist Congruence or Genuineness: the therapist is congruent within the therapeutic relationship. The therapist is deeply himself or herself - they are not "acting" - and they can draw on their own experiences (self-disclosure) to facilitate the relationship.


Therapist Unconditional Positive Regard (UPR): the therapist accepts the client unconditionally, without judgment, disapproval or approval. This facilitates increased self-regard in the client, as they can begin to become aware of experiences in which their view of self-worth was distorted by others.


Therapist Empathic understanding: the therapist experiences an empathic understanding of the client's internal frame of reference. Accurate empathy on the part of the therapist helps the client believe the therapist's unconditional love for them.


Client Perception: that the client perceives, to at least a minimal degree, the therapist's UPR and empathic understanding.

If successful, the patient has a higher chance to live a normal life than with the use of medications. This approach became so successful that every adolescent drug rehab across the US (and in some parts of the world) have become accustomed to the method and it is practiced in every session made by the therapist.

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