Are you wondering if you struggle with alcohol or drug dependence? Have others told you drink too much? Do you find yourself getting defensive when people ask you about your drinking/drugging habits? Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or anxiety? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you probably struggle with substance abuse. Please know this, you are not alone and there is help.
The research is alarming on the prevalence of alcohol abuse. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 20,600 deaths are caused by alcohol each year; and that number does not include car accidents and homicides, or casualties related to liver disease due to alcoholism which by itself numbers about 12,300 each year. Because drinking is a socially acceptable behavior often times people do not realize when their drinking has become a problem, furthermore denial and justification take root to further the individual down the path to alcohol dependence. The addict uses the alcohol or drug as a way to relax or cope with their interpersonal problems. Sometimes their dependency is a learned behavior, other times their habit began as a social practice and then progressed towards addiction. Substance abuse is progressive in nature; meaning unless appropraite interventions are in place the relationship between the chemicals and the individual continues to worsen. The addiction has emotional, physiological, cognitive, and behavioral components to it that all need to be addressed in counseling. furthermore, the family unit also plays a significany part in the addiction.
In providing substance abuse counseling we start the process with an initial intake assessment whereby we evaluate the individual’s history, relationships, legal affairs, family of origin, and habits as they relate to their addiction. After the initial assessment, we tailor a treatment plan in accordance with the individual’s situation and needs. A treatment plan may include the involvement of support groups, family counseling or couples counseling. In substance abuse counseling we look at the whole spectrum including but not limited to:
- Family and personal relationships
- Communication skills
- Coping tools
- Accountability and support
- Self esteem
- Relapse prevention: Learning the warnings signs to relapse.
- Desires and cravings
If you are in the Aurora area and feel you could benefit from alcohol or drug abuse counseling please the Colorado Center For Healing And Change today at (720) 204-8747 to set up your initial consultation. Please note, in the situation of severe use or if you are needing court ordered treatment we will refer you to Creative Recovery Counseling and Consulting which is an ADAD approved Drug and Alcohol Center.