Addiction counseling is not only for people who have problems with alcohol and drugs. It also is for process addiction disorders such as sex, food, shopping, and gambling addictions.

Could I have an Addiction Problem?

  1. I’ve tried to stop, but I can’t stay stopped.
  2. I have withdrawal symptoms when I stop, such as cravings, headaches, moodiness, or poor focus.
  3. I have increased appetite or insomnia when I try to stop.
  4. Even though I know there are health consequences, I can’t stop.
  5. I’ve sacrificed social and/or recreational activities to do addictive behavior instead.
  6. I ensure I maintain a good supply or “stash” at all times.
  7. I’ve taken risks such as stealing, having risky sex, or trading my body for substances or a high.
  8. I feel like I need to do the addictive behavior in order to deal with problems.
  9. I’ve spent an increasing amount of time and energy focused on my addictive behavior.
  10. I engage in my addictive behavior in secret.
  11. I’ve been told I have a problem by more than two people, but I don’t agree.
  12. I consume substances or engage in the addictive behavior to excess.
  13. I’ve had problems with the law because of my addictive behavior.
  14. My addictive behavior has caused me to have financial difficulties.
  15. I’ve had problems in relationships with family or friends because of my addictive behavior.

If you answered “true” to 2 or more of these, you may benefit from talking with a counselor.

What can you expect from counseling?

Professional counseling involves assessment, referral, individual and group counseling, relapse prevention, and education. Do you prefer being in a group? Drug addiction counseling can be done on an individual and/or group basis. 

The aim of therapy:

  1. Achieve and maintain abstinence (or sober behavior).
  2. Resolve or reduce problems and improve physical, mental, and spiritual functioning.
  3. Work towards positive lifestyle change.

Therapeutic Interventions for Addiction and Substance Abuse:

1. Education to enhance understanding related to:

  • Addiction
  • Effects of drugs and alcohol
  • Neurobiology of substance and process addictions
  • Recovery process
  • Relapse warning signs
  • Prevention

2. Life skill training to enhance:

  • Coping skills
  • Discovering new ways to use leisure time.
  • Social connectedness
  • Mindfulness

3. Resources to Support:

  • Family in recovery
  • Treatment recovery
  • Developing a sober support system.
  • Spirituality
  • Self help
  • Referral