Have you wondered if you have a problem with alcohol or drugs?
Are you using more of the substance and for a longer period of time than you intend?
Do you want to cut down or stop your use and find it harder than you thought?
Do you spend a lot of time thinking about, getting, using and recovering from the substance?
Do you have cravings and urges to use?
Have you continued to use the substance even when it causes problems in your relationships?
Has someone you care about expressed concern to you about your use?
Have you given up important recreational, social, and/or work activities because of the substance?
Have you noticed withdrawal symptoms, which can be relieved by taking more of the substance? (Some withdrawal symptoms can be obvious, but others can be more subtle-like irritability or nervousness).
Have you been ordered by the court or someone else to get an evaluation?
If the answer to some or all of these questions is yes, you may have a substance abuse problem. In the most severe cases, it is called an addiction. It can happen to people from all backgrounds, rich or poor, and it can happen at any age.
Addiction is a progressive, chronic and life-threatening disease. Alcoholism and drug addiction don't discriminate, they affect 15 million men and women in this country, regardless of race, age, religion, or income. Counseling Associates offers treatment for substance misuse and co-occurring mental health disorders. We provide comprehensive, confidential outpatient treatment to individuals and families dealing with addiction, along with other substance misuse and mental health issues.
You may not have an issue with alcohol or drugs yourself. You may have someone you care about who is struggling with substance misuse issues. You are wondering what to do and how to help. You might feel scared, confused and, even, angry. Substance misuse issues impact not only the individual struggling with addiction or misuse, but also the family, friends, the workplace and the community.
Anyone Can Become Addicted to Drugs: National Institute on Drug Abuse
At Counseling Associates, you will find the experience and expertise to help you address these issues and create solutions and skills to move forward. We believe in solution-focused treatment that helps clarify issues and address goals in a time-effective manner.
Can talking to someone actually help?
Yes! Research and our own experience provide convincing evidence that counseling is effective. Often people report some progress in the first few sessions. We will work closely with you to create a plan that will help you see movement to your goals during and between each session.
I can't afford therapy.
Counseling is a sound investment in yourself, your future, your relationships and your health. We appreciate the investment of time and money that counseling represents. We are committed to providing you with new perspectives and skills that will help you now and in the future.
It's not me - it's them.
You may not have a concern for yourself about substance use. You might be wondering how to help someone else. Or you might be struggling in a family or relationship that is being damaged by another's substance use and they deny they have a problem or don't want to change their behavior. We work with individuals and families to better understand substance misuse issues, understand the limitations on what they can and cannot control and develop their own coping strategies to either help or skillfully navigate the difficult situation.
I'm afraid it's going to be too hard.
Making a change can be hard. We are here to help support you to understand yourself and how your thoughts, feelings and core beliefs influence the choices you make. We are here to support you in reaching your goals.
How am I going to fit in counseling?
We understand that life is busy. Luckily, we offer a variety of times including evening and weekend hours.
Our Substance Use Professionals