Gallien Counseling
Dr. Angela Ross Gallien, LPC, NCC, MAC

Licensed Professional Counselor
(205) 365-7699
 

Offices in Dora and Fultondale

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Regular involvement in counseling during your SUBOXONE treatment is strongly encouraged. Counseling helps patients develop coping skills that can help them to avoid relapse and has been shown to significantly improve the likelihood of long-term treatment success. 

How often you go to counseling depends on what works best for meeting your treatment needs. In general, counseling occurs more frequently during the earlier part of treatment—daily visits are not unusual for new patients. Weekly (and eventually monthly) visits are sufficient for most patients on a stable SUBOXONE dose. 

You and your doctor will evaluate how your treatment is progressing and whether your current level of counseling is still effective for you. How frequently you participate in counseling or in support groups can be determined by you in consultation with your healthcare provider.

Formal Counseling
Counseling is far from a "one size fits all" situation. For one thing, there are many different types of counseling techniques—some may be a better fit for your personality or treatment goals. 

Together, you and your doctor will decide on the type and setting of therapy that best meets your needs. And because your needs may change over time, it is a good idea to talk with your doctor periodically about whether your current therapy is continuing to help you meet your treatment goals.

Individual therapy
Not everyone thrives in a group-counseling situation. You and your doctor may decide that your needs would be better met with the privacy and individual attention possible in a one-on-one setting.

One-on-one counseling is generally considered the best setting for addressing confidential issues.

From http://www.suboxone.com/patients/suboxone/optimizing_counseling.aspx