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Therapy isn't cheap and I'm not sure it's Worthwhile

Therapy is an investment in yourself and your family. By investing in your self now, you are not only creating the opportunity to feel better soon but therapy can also help you create a solid emotional foundation that can draw on for the rest of your life. Unprocessed or misunderstood feelings can also impact how you engage in relationships, influence productivity at work, increase stress and affect your family. However, working through difficult feelings can create space for an emotionally healthy relationship and improved self-esteem

I'm worried that I might learn that something is wrong with me- that I'm crazy- and I'll lose control of my life

You are likely just feeling bad right now. However, addressing strong emotions with a professional therapist will make it less likely that you’ll lose control. This is counter-intuitive but very true. when individual gain self-awareness and healthy coping skills, they become more effective at handling difficult situations. o when you are contemplating reaching out for counseling, you are making steps to gain more control of your life.

I'm afraid that therapy will shine a light on all that is making me feel bad and make me feel even worse

Therpy will not make anything worse. what Therapy will do is make you more aware of what is occurring within your life. This awareness can sometimes be painful but sifting and sorting through that pain is necessary to move forward and heal. Until you really know what’s wrong, how can you go about fixing it?

Is there any hope for a lasting behavior change?

Yes! It does take hard work and a willingness to practice strategies outside of the therapy sessions including journalizing, monitoring of behaviour and challenging your own “self-talk”. However, there is research that demonstrates the effectiveness of the above behavior change to develop moderate drinking or an abstinence approach. Relapse prevention strategies and periodic therapy (booster sessions) can increase one’s chances of success even more. The strategies will help you cope with your triggers to problem drinking, so you can effectively cope with strong emotions, social situations, stress and conflict without self-medicating or abusing alcohol
or drugs

Once my drinking(or drug abuse) is under control, willl my substance abuse treatment be complete?

This question again depends on each person. For some, substance use is the primary problem and relationships, job performance, and overall mental and physical health improve once that is under control. for others, the drinking is an unhealthy coping skill or “self-medication” for underlying issues of depression, anxiety and general problems with regulating emotions. These issues can also be addressed with coping skills development from cognitive Behavior Therapies and they will be treated along with the substance abuse issues, as treating one will have a positive effect on the othrer

Do I have to go to AA/NA meetings while in Therapy?

This is completely up to you. But if you opt for a twelve-step approach, it is highly recommended. Many individuals state that Aa(Alcoholic Anonymous) and/or NA(Narcotics Anonymous) meetings are helpful when trying to stop drinking, as they provide a support group. However, these support groups are not for everyone and is not a requirement while in substance abuse treatment sessions at Counseling Solutions, LLC. We can recommend the supportive,psycho-educational groups for those interested

Individuals who are experiencing life problems due to their alcohol or drug use are appropriate for these types of outpatient weekly Therapy. The substance use may be impairing relationships, job performances, health or a general sense of well being. For those who require detoxification due to withdrawal symptoms, it is essential that a period of closely monitored inpatient treatment and/or a period of residential treatment be completed prior to outpatient Therapy

Twelve-step methods have been adapted to address a wide range of alcoholism, substance abuse and dependency problems. Developed over 65 years ago by a small group of alcoholics, the AA program provides simple tools for living based on a set of spiritual principles and a reliance on the fellowship of men and women who share their experience and offer support of a lifelong process of recovery. This approach has since been adapted for the treatment of many other addictions, and now includes other self-supporting fellowships such as CA and NA

Many Teenagers recoil at the idea of Therapy. They may believe they don’t need help, feel uncomfortable sharing their struggles with a stranger or are reluctant to something new. However, by thoughtfully and gently sharing our concerns with your Teen, he may become more open to the idea of therapy. explain to your Teen that Therapy provides an opportunity for him or her to better understand why they seem to struggle more than their peers and to learn ways to more effectively engage in school and in relationships. Often, an initial session with the right therapist will alleviate teenage resistance to working with a licensed therapist and can help your teen view therapy s a helpful, supportive and valuable resource rather than a threat

While medication has proven to effectively mitigate and manage ADHD symptoms and may be recommended for your teen. It is not the only treatment option. If you feel that medication is too invasive, there are many other effective tools, techniques and strategies that do not include medication

Trust your gut. No one knows your child better than you do, so if you are concerned that a problem may exist, there’s a good chance that you are correct. The problem with teen anxiety is often masked until it becomes serious and debilitating. Talking with a Therapist who is trained to treat anxiety disorders can provide a great deal of insight, information and relief. A trained therapist can also help to determine if your child is experiencing normal angst or if there are underlying issues that need to be addressed

Any confidential information you share with me will be kept private according to the law and our code of ethics. I do not provide session statements to the party responsible for payment but those statements only display session date, time nad type as well as diagnosis code

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