Many individuals from all walks of life have found themselves in an uncontrollable descent into self-destruction from using and abusing alcohol or drugs. While no one starts using drugs or alcohol with the express purpose of becoming an addict, once someone starts using drugs or alcohol certain changes occur that make them physically and / or psychologically dependent on drugs or alcohol. Once the dependency begins, it becomes almost impossible for these people to simply choose to stop using these sorts of substances. There are many different types of drug addiction treatment programs that exist to help addicts learn how to break free of their addiction and relearn how to live life without using alcohol or drugs as a crutch to help them cope with their lives. Drug counseling remains one of the central means of helping these individuals learn what they need to know about the causes and effects of drug and alcohol abuse as well as how to stop using these addictions to cope with the stress of their lives. Drug counseling can take many forms and can be part of inpatient and outpatient drug addiction treatment programs. It can also occur outside of these programs as part of social programs and community outreach to improve the lives of addicts and those in their community. Drug counseling can take the form of individual counseling, group counseling and even a blend of both therapies. Drug counseling is really considered one of the central aspects of helping any addict to break free from their psychological addiction to drugs and to learn how to cope with life without returning to drug use and abuse. While helping addicts to break free from their physical dependence on drugs, the detoxification process is often the first step in successful drug addiction treatment. Drug counseling is often part of the vital second step that is necessary for addict to learn how to remain drug free once they are no longer physically dependent on a substance. Research has shown that without counseling and other treatments to help the addict receive the guidance and support that they need to remain drug free, they will often relapse and return to using and abusing other substances and some may even develop additional addictions in the process. The relapse rate for those who do not receive counseling is often as high as 98% within two years of receiving treatment for the physical aspect of their addiction. For this reason the importance of attending drug counseling and other education and support measures such as support group meetings, cannot be emphasized enough. Studies show that counseling has a central part to play in the process of becoming addiction free and it is really co-equal and interdependent with the detox process. Together, these two approaches to drug addiction treatment can really give the addict what they need to become and remain sober from drug use. When combined with aftercare such as monitoring and additional counseling and support, almost all drug users are able to recover from their addiction and resist temptations to relapse.