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THERAPEUTIC RECOVERY NETWORK
Substance Abuse Counseling

Therapeutic Recovery Network provides a specialization in therapy for those who are struggling with substance use. It is important to have a therapist who specializes in addiction and recovery. With over 20 years of experience in the addiction field, we know how to assess and treat addictive disorders and how to support individuals and to help them in the process to find a path to recovery.

What is Substance Abuse Counseling?

Personal safety is the first priority in any counseling or medical setting. After an initial diagnostic evaluation is completed, you and your therapist can begin to define your goals and objectives for therapy, which will be based on your:

Mental health diagnosis

Social needs (e.g., family relationships, friendships, etc.)

Goals for recovery and beyond

Situational threats to your ability to remain sober (e.g., underlying behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, chronic disorders, etc.)

With defined goals and objectives, you and your therapist can begin working on the psychological and emotional issues that influence your substance use.

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Substance Abuse + Dual Diagnosis Counseling

Many people suffer from co-occurring disorders (e.g. mental health conditions) alongside a substance use disorder. At Therapeutic Recovery Network we have a dual diagnosis process to identify co-occurring disorders so that mental health counseling can be integrated accordingly. For many clients, the two diagnoses (substance abuse and mental health) are deeply intertwined, requiring simultaneous treatment.

Substance abuse counseling for people with co-occurring disorders begins with the initial diagnositc evaluation to identify the issues at hand. With the therapist, the client can create goals they would like to reach over the course of counseling sessions. Some common psychotherapies can include:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): a type of therapy used to treat a wide range of mental health conditions and identify the specific behaviors and mindsets that may contribute to addiction.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT): this is a subset of CBT that aims to help people evaluate their inner feelings and thoughts, accept and tolerate change and practice mindfulness.

Family Therapy: family can be a huge source of support and care for someone struggling with substance use disorder. Family therapy may be especially useful for those with co-occurring disorders, as it balances therapeutic practices with familial care.

Sources:

What is a substance abuse counselor?, therecoveryvillage.com

samhsa.org

hazeldenbettyford.org

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