Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Services

AODA counseling
Assessment and Motivational Interviewing

If you or your loved ones are concerned about your use of alcohol or other drugs, I can help you honestly evaluate your situation and make a plan to move forward effectively.

In addition to AODA issues, people may also be struggling with relationship issues, trauma or mental health concerns such as depression and anxiety. Understanding and addressing these issues is key to getting a handle on what is going on with substance use.

I may ask you to complete some assessments that will help us clarify your history and your goals.

We will then construct a plan and take the steps necessary to achieve those goals. We will work to get a handle on substance abuse issues and then treat any mental health concerns that may be causing or contributing the substance use problems.

When someone is struggling with alcohol or other drug use, they are often afraid of being judged or forced to do things they don’t feel ready to do. Together, we will make an honest assessment of where you are at and discuss options about how to best proceed. This approach is called motivational interviewing and it is not only more effective, but a more respectful way to help people change.

Aftercare and Relapse Prevention 

If you have gone through an inpatient or intensive outpatient treatment program, congratulations! You have taken the important first steps toward recovery and living the life you’ve wanted for years. People who abuse substances often have underlying issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, childhood issues and relationship difficulties. Generally, it is difficult to properly assess and diagnose, let alone treat these underlying conditions when one is in the midst of substance abuse. Getting a handle on substance use and developing a relapse prevention plan forms the foundation necessary to work through the other issues that cause, contribute to or are a result of substance abuse.

So, if you are ready to take the next steps in recovery, consider seeing a mental health professional who has a deep understanding of mental health AND substance abuse issues. With this type of a counselor, you can work together to tackle the tough underlying issues that get in the way of recovery and living a full and satisfying life.

Phase One
Achieving a solid recovery
  • Develop a robust and realistic relapse prevention plan
  • Assess the interpersonal, professional, and personal effects substance abuse has had on your life
  • Develop and engage a healthy support system
  • Get started on what it means to lead a fun and meaningful life without substances
  • Create the foundation for coping with negative emotions and building coping skill

Phase Two
Addressing the effects of the past
  • Assess and develop a plan to treat underlying/concomitant mental health concerns
  • Learn to be assertive and get your needs met in relationships
  • Address trauma and childhood experiences
  • Repair, rebuild or move on from damaged or toxic relationships
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