Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling

Substance abuse and addiction rarely occurs by itself, but is accompanied by other mental health issues like depression, anxiety, or trauma. This makes recovery more complicated, though not impossible. It is key, though, these other issues are addressed as well during treatment.

We also have experience working with individuals that have both an active eating disorder and substance use disorder. While there are underlying issues that can contribute to both, one can also be used to help cope with the other. It’s important to have a treatment team who understands the nuances of treating both at the same time. 

Below are some examples of common goals we work on in substance use and addiction therapy… 

  • Assess for other mental health issues that need treatment (common ones are anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, eating disorders, etc.) 
  • Understand the biological, social, and emotional factors that influence your use of drugs or alcohol 
  • Recognize and better manage triggers
  • Recognize and change problematic thinking patterns 
  • Build emotional intelligence so you can understand your emotions 
  • Learn healthy emotional regulation skills so emotions don’t overwhelm you or you don’t avoid them by using drugs or alcohol 
  • Explore your values and life goals 
  • Improve relationships with others through interpersonal skills such as communication skills, boundary-setting, and more 
  • Prevent relapse

Team members who have the most experience with substance abuse and addiction counseling:

Ready to get started on your substance abuse and addiction recovery?