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When patients seek counseling at a Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) clinic, they can expect a supportive and comprehensive approach to addressing their substance abuse disorder. Here are some explanations of what patients can expect during counseling sessions at Breakthrough Medical:

  1. Confidentiality: Patients can expect a high level of confidentiality when they engage in counseling at Breakthrough Medical. Counselors are bound by ethical guidelines and legal regulations to maintain the privacy of patient information, ensuring a safe and non-judgmental environment for open and honest discussions.
  2. Individualized Treatment: Counseling sessions at Breakthrough Medical are tailored to meet the unique needs of each patient. The counselor will conduct an initial assessment to gather information about the patient's substance abuse history, mental health, and personal goals. This assessment helps in developing a personalized treatment plan that addresses specific challenges and promotes long-term recovery.

  3. Collaborative Goal-Setting: Patients can expect to actively participate in goal-setting during counseling sessions. The counselor will work collaboratively with the patient to establish realistic and achievable treatment goals. These goals may include reducing substance use, improving overall well-being, developing healthy coping mechanisms, or rebuilding relationships.

  4. Emotional Support: Counseling sessions provide a safe space for patients to express their thoughts, feelings, and concerns related to their substance abuse. The counselor offers emotional support, empathy, and understanding, helping patients process their emotions, explore underlying issues, and develop healthier ways of managing stress and difficult emotions.

  5. Education and Psychoeducation: Patients can expect to receive valuable education and psychoeducation during counseling sessions. Counselors provide information about addiction, its impact on physical and mental health, the benefits of Suboxone, and strategies for relapse prevention. Psychoeducational sessions may focus on developing life skills, enhancing self-awareness, and improving problem-solving abilities.

  6. Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques: Counseling at Breakthrough Medical often incorporates cognitive-behavioral techniques. Patients can expect to learn and practice skills aimed at identifying and modifying negative thought patterns, challenging dysfunctional beliefs, and developing healthier behaviors. These techniques help patients change their relationship with substances and develop positive coping strategies.

  7. Relapse Prevention: A significant focus of counseling at Breakthrough Medical is on relapse prevention. Patients can expect to learn strategies for identifying high-risk situations, managing cravings, and developing coping skills to maintain sobriety. The counselor will work closely with the patient to develop personalized relapse prevention plans that address triggers and provide effective strategies to navigate challenging situations.

  8. Group Therapy: MAT clinics often offer group therapy sessions as part of the counseling services. Although group therapy is not currently offered at Breakthrough Medical, we are hopeful to incorporate it into treatment soon. At that time, patients can expect to participate in group discussions, share experiences, and gain support from others who are going through similar challenges. Group therapy provides a sense of community, peer support, and opportunities for shared learning and growth.

  9. Continued Support and Aftercare Planning: Counseling at Breakthrough Medical extends beyond the initial treatment phase. Patients can expect ongoing support and assistance in developing aftercare plans. The counselor will help patients connect with community resources, support groups, and other services that facilitate a smooth transition from treatment to long-term recovery.

  10. Regular Progress Monitoring: Patients can expect their progress to be regularly monitored and assessed during counseling sessions. The counselor will use various assessment tools and techniques to evaluate changes in substance use patterns, mental health symptoms, and overall well-being. This monitoring helps in tracking progress, identifying areas of improvement, and making necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.


In summary, patients can expect a compassionate, individualized, and evidence-based approach to counseling at Breakthrough Medical. They will receive emotional support, education and relapse prevention strategies. The counseling sessions aim to address the underlying issues contributing to substance abuse, develop coping skills, and promote long-term recovery and well-being.

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