Alcohol and drug dependence, known as substance use disorders, are complex psychosocial problems. People with these disorders once were thought to have a character defect or moral weakness; some people mistakenly still believe that. However, most scientists and medical researchers now consider dependence on alcohol or drugs to be a long-term illness, like asthma, hypertension (high blood pressure), or diabetes. Most people who drink alcohol drink very little, and many people can stop taking drugs without a struggle. However, some people develop a substance use disorder—which is the use of alcohol or drugs that is compulsive or dangerous or both.
Individual Therapy - Individual mental health counseling is our most common treatment approach. Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, that trigger substance use. Individual counseling often focuses on reducing or stopping substance use, skill building, adherence to a recovery plan, and improving the client’s social, family, and professional/educational outcomes. Some components of treatment may include the following:
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy which teaches individuals in treatment to recognize and stop negative patterns of thinking and behavior. For instance, cognitive-behavioral therapy might help a person be aware of the stressors, situations, and feelings that lead to substance use so that the person can avoid them or act differently when they occur.
- Contingency management is designed to provide incentives to reinforce positive behaviors, such as remaining abstinent from substance use.
- Motivational Interviewing assists clients with substance use disorders to build motivation and commit to specific plans to engage in treatment and seek recovery.
- On-Site/Home/School - PsychSolutions is most proud of our on-site treatment. Most of our therapists provide services in the community setting such as homes and schools assisting families who may lack transportation. These settings provide those we serve with a more familiar environment that may help put them at ease and improve their chances for success. Allow PsychSolutions to come to your family and together we can create emotionally healthy lives.
- Family - Family therapy is a type of psychotherapy that assists family members to improve communication and resolve conflicts. Family therapy is often short-term. At PsychSolutions, family therapy could be used as a component of the substance use recovery progress.
- Group - At PsychSolutions, group counseling involves 4-10 clients meeting with 1-2 trained counselor(s), typically once a week for one hour. Group counseling is often used in addition to individual counseling to provide social reinforcement for pursuit of recovery. Group members talk about a variety of issues including exploring relationships, improving self-esteem, and enhancing coping skills. Group members share information about themselves and provide feedback to others while the group counselors facilitate productive communication within the group.
Substance use evaluations are provided to determine the extent of use, abuse or dependence on alcohol and/or drugs. This individualized evaluation will provide a DSM-5 diagnosis and make additional recommendations to guild treatment based on each client’s distinct needs.
Comprehensive drug testing is available at all PsychSolutions locations. Testing may be court-mandated or requested voluntarily for clients seeking treatment.