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Life Counseling Services for Substance Abuse
Co-occurring or dual diagnosis substance abuse is a common situation where psychiatric disorders and substance abuse feed off of each other in a miserable cycle. Overcoming both at once requires comprehensive life counseling services that take both into account, with one therapist, at one location. Reducing the symptoms of the mental health disorder helps with recovery by removing or weakening the triggers for substance use, making recovery more attainable and lessening the chances of relapse.
If you think it’s time to seek help for your substance abuse and mental health issues, give me a call. At A New Day Recovery, we can explore your options and develop a plan together to help you achieve your mental health and recovery goals. After a complimentary 20 min phone consultation to decide if my practice is a good fit for your needs, we can set up an initial appointment where you come to my office. I provide my life counseling services on a private, secluded farm in Salisbury, MD, in a natural and therapeutic environment conducive to recovery.
There is a strong connection between mental health disorders and substance abuse.
This phenomenon is frequently referred to as co-occurring or dual-diagnosis. A quick overview reveals that 53% of drug users have at least one psychiatric disorder, 37% of alcoholics have at least one psychiatric disorder and that approximately 55% of those with co-occurring disorders do not receive any treatment.
If someone is able to get into substance abuse treatment only about 7% get the mental health treatment they need. These statistics indicate that there is great need for therapists to be able to address both issues at the same time in one location. The benefits to co-occurring treatment is that it can reduce the symptoms of the mental health disorder which can impact one’s recovery and ability to function in every day life, it can assist with medication therapy to be more effective and can help address triggers that may contribute to relapse. It is important that both substance abuse and mental health disorders are given the same level of attention.
Research shows that if both disorders are addressed using a non-confrontational, collaborative approach with a focus on building motivation, identifying self-defeating thoughts and learning positive new behaviors long-term abstinence and managed mental health can be achieved. There are many evidence-based techniques that can be utilized to treat a person to break the cycle of mental illness and substance abuse. That is why getting into treatment with a qualified therapist will be able to determine which interventions and strategies will best meet the needs of the individual’s situation.
Cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, contingency management, relapse prevention techniques, and acceptance and commitment therapy are just a few possibilities of effective methods for managing a co-occurring diagnosis. I want to meet you where you are and build on that motivation and utilize that as the starting point for moving forward for a customized recovery plan that meets all of your needs. We will look at the discrepancy between where you are and where you want to be based on your personal goals and values. This will allow us to determine better ways for you to cope with interpersonal, emotional and personal problems to make them less threatening and stressful and eventually more manageable. Substance abuse and mental health get tangled together into a tight ball that may at times seem impossible to untangle. However, I can help.
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My agency is located on a farm because I feel my love of nature and the outdoors is therapeutic and offers a different type of experience for you to explore your feelings and behaviors and learn more effective ways to cope and manage your life in order to reach your goals and be your best self. I am passionate about working with those looking for a better way of life.