Addiction Counseling can help!
You have found yourself saying “just one more..” or “that was the last time” so many times that you don’t even believe yourself anymore…
You have had blow out fights with loved ones about your substance use and it has created large barriers in your ability to maintain close relationships….
You have felt guilty after spending large or frequent amounts of money on drugs, alcohol, or gambling…
You have decided many times to stop but have a lot of difficulty in staying away…
Types of Addictions:
Amphetamine (ex: speed or crystal meth)
Benzodiazepines (ex: Xanax, Ativan, Valium or Klonopin)
Caffeine – (ex: coffee, tea or energy drinks)
Hallucinogens (ex: acid or ecstasy)
Inhalants (ex: aerosols)
Opioids (ex: heroin, morphine or painkillers)
Phencyclidine: PCP (ex: angel dust or ketamine)
Sedatives, hypnotics or anxiolytics (ex: sleeping pills or downers)
Computer (ex: internet, social networking sites, cybersex or online gambling)
Eating (ex: overeating, bingeing or purging)
Gambling (ex: scratch tickets, lottery, poker/cards. casinos or slots)
Gaming (ex: PlayStation/ Xbox & computer games)
Sex (ex: porn, cybersex or multiple partners)
Work (ex: overwork, money or power)
Signs & Symptpms
While in many cases the use of substances or addictive activities are non habit forming, once a person becomes addicted the effects are life changing:
Behavioral Addiction signs:
- Disrupted sleep cycle
- Missing/forgetting important events
- Sacrificing time, money, relationships and activities to continue use/abuse
- Work/ school absences
- Getting places late
- Wanting to include drinking/ drugs in daily activities
- Isolating/secretive about activities
- Legal problems
- Relationship/marital problems
- Financial problems (e.g. always needing money)
- Conversations dominated by substance related topics
- Risky behaviors
- Having small ‘stashes’ of drugs, alcohol, or money hidden “just in case”
- Messing up tasks/ skills they used to do well
- Secretive/ Lying
- Changes in social groups
- Going to multiple doctors for perscriptions
Physical Addiction Signs
- Over-active or under-active (depending on the drug)
- Repetitive or slurred speech patterns
- Dilated pupils, red eyes
- Excessive sniffing and runny nose (not attributable to a cold)
- Looking pale or undernourished
- Clothes do not fit the same
- Weight loss
- Change in eating habits
- Unusual odors or body odor due to lack of personal hygiene
- Teeth yellowing or rotting
- Increased tolerance to substances, appearing not impacted by ‘normal’ amounts of drugs or alcohol
emotional addiction signs:
- Inability to deal with stress
- Loss of interest in activities/people that used to be part of their lives
- Obnoxious or with a poor social filter
- Excessive talking or silliness
- Confused easily/ difficulty focusing
- Rationalizing – Offering alibis, excuses, justifications, or other explanations for their using behavior
- Minimization – Admitting superficially to the problem but not admitting to the seriousness or full scope of the behavior or consequences
- Blaming – Placing the blame for the behavior on someone else or some event
- Evasive, angry, deflective or defensive when discussing use
how we can help treat addiction
At Angelus we understand that everyone’s addiction experience is different. As there are different levels of supports, skills, and comfort in treatment, we strive to individualize the treatment process based on your needs and comfort level.
Our therapists may use a variety of treatment approaches, based on your needs and learning styles. We encourage you to speak up, ask questions and try new options. One of our top priorities is to stay educated and informed about new approaches to manage the impact of anxiety on your daily life.
Work with your therapist on a one-on-one basis. We provide a safe space, without judgement to explore your thoughts, feelings and responses to life’s struggles.
Bring your loved ones to the counseling process so that you can develop together new ways together to tackle anxiety and the impact it can have on relationships.
Learn forms of meditation, self calming, therapeutic yoga, and develop an internal sense of balance.
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Address the link between your Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors and learn ways to interrupt unhealthy cycles.
Our Addictions Therapists:
What to expect in your counseling sessions
road-map for tackling addictions in therapy
what does outpatient counseling for addictions look like?
The decision t seek treatment for your addiction is a difficult one and many times our clients are hesitant about beginning the process. When starting counseling we ask for a 4 session minimum commitment to weekly appointments that can then be reviewed for any ongoing treatment needs after that time. Counseling is meant to help you gain control over thoughts and emotions that have been creating major road blocks in your life.
Prior to Your First Session: You will receive a link to your patient portal where you can complete your opening paperwork and background assessments. This gives your therapist a chance to review your information and better prepare for your intake appointment, and saves valuable time during that first appointment.
Session 1: This will be your official ‘intake’ appointment. With most of the opening paperwork out of the way, this initial session will include meeting with your therapist to review the factors that led you into counseling and to begin to structure the counseling relationship as well as discussing the details of informed consent in counseling.
We will explore your past/current family history, medical/mental health struggles, and current supports or stressors you are dealing with. We will also explore the disease concept, how this applies to your addiction and where you are currently at in your addiction cycle. At this point we will assess if this is the right level of care for your needs and make referrals to additional services or supports as needed; this may include more intensive services such as inpatient detox/rehab or IOP if deemed necessary. The most important thing at this step is ensuring your safety and long term health.
Session 2: Will focus on obtaining and maintaining 30 days sober. We will explore withdrawal symptoms, additional level of care needs and medical concerns that may be related to this process.
Sessions 3: This session will focus on identifying and building a sober support system and enhancing healthy coping skills and outlets.This may include friends, family, community resources, 12 Step meetings or medical professionals.
Sessions 4: The last session in our initial 4 week contract will focus on reviewing current mental health symptoms and needs as well as your readiness to address underlying traumas, triggers and situations that may have been hindering your ability to get and stay sober. We will discuss if there are any external referrals that may need made and help you make those connections.
After the First Four Week Commitment: For those who stay working with us at the outpatient level of care we will then assess what is your ideal level of frequency and intensity in treatment. We will review our initial treatment plan and redevelop it for any changing needs or symptoms at that time. We will work to give you the tools and skills to balance the thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations that may accompany addiction recovery. Your last few sessions may be more spaced out over time and will focus on reinforcing these skills and developing a follow up plan for maintaining your gains, after the completion of the treatment process.
“TUNE UP” Sessions: (As needed) In the counseling process, we sometimes need check in sessions after the completion of the ‘official’ treatment process. This is not unusual and is not a failure in treatment. It is much like the process of taking your car in for a yearly tune up or oil change to address the normal wear and tear it acquires by driving in the Western Pennsylvania weather. This can keep everything aligned and running smoothly and may only last two to three sessions.
never stop learning
A lot of addictions treatment is based on education.
Here are some direct links to different blogs and websites we find helpful in this learning process.
- Alcoholics Anonymous: Find a local meeting
- SAMHSA- National Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
- Lawrence County Drug & Alcohol Commission: 724-658-5580
- Lawrence County 24 hr Crisis Help Line: 724-652-9000
- What is Substance Abuse Treatment: A Booklet for Families
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