Addiction and Harm Reduction Counseling

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” - Fred Devito

 

Addiction and Harm Reduction Counseling

Addiction is when you have tried to stop or reduce use without success and you cannot stop irregardless of any possible consequences. Addiction is a powerful adversary that wants and will be the center of one’s life satisfying harmful and destructive behaviors at the cost of that individual. Addiction is cunning, deceptive, and its ultimate objective is to run your life into the ground. Break the lies and bounds of addiction by joining the fight to fight daily to overcome.

A licensed chemical dependency counselor (LCDC) is trained to assist individuals and families struggling with substance abuse disorders (alcohol and drugs). We educate individuals to better understand addiction and its problematic emotional, physical, and psychological affects. LCDC’s motivate individuals through the stages of change to determine one’s readiness for therapy. Additionally, initial evaluations are conducted to determine an individual’s scope and severity of their substance abuse issues and history. Moreover, LCDC’s play a vital role in providing guidance and emotional support to individuals as they walk the road of sobriety or harm reduction. Clients and clinicians develop an effective and achievable treatment plan to foster their desired goals of recovery or harm reduction. Therapy will assist individuals in developing healthy coping mechanism, trigger identification, and obstacles and situations that can hinder their recovery journey. Lastly, LCDC’s encourage individuals to keep working and fighting to maintain and achieve a better lifestyle and you.

The Stages of Change

  • Precontemplation (Not yet acknowledging that there is a problem behavior that needs to be changed)
  • Contemplation (Acknowledging that there is a problem but not yet ready or sure of wanting to make a change)
  • Preparation/Determination (Getting ready to change)
  • Action/Willpower (Changing behavior)
  • Maintenance (Maintaining the behavior change)
  • Relapse (Returning to older behaviors and abandoning the new changes)

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