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Six Signs of Enabling Behavior

When a person develops an addiction to drugs or alcohol, their loved ones often contributed to the problem without even realizing it. When a person ignores, excuses or tries to cover up a loved one’s drug or alcohol problem, that person is called an enabler. Enablers are generally unaware of how their actions are making the problem worse. In an effort to protect and help their loved one, enablers keep the person...

When Should I Tell My Doctor that I’m Addicted?

If you are addicted to drugs, alcohol or a behavior, you must explain this to your doctor, because she can help you recover. She can avoid medications that will encourage relapse, and she can connect you with resources that will strengthen your recovery in significant ways. Also, if you want to find addiction treatment, your doctor can connect you with the help you need. In other words, you should tell your doctor...

What’s the Difference between an MSW and an LCSW

When you need support and help through a trying time, you may consider seeing a therapist. Whether you are struggling with a mental or emotional disorder like depression or bipolar disorder, or struggling with substance abuse or addiction, counseling can be incredibly beneficial. Before seeking treatment for any addiction or mental health concern, it is wise to know your options. There are a number of mental health...

Types of Addiction Counselors

Drug abuse and addiction have reached epidemic proportions in modern times. While this is a public health catastrophe, there is a silver lining to this dark cloud: awareness of the problem has recently increased dramatically. Increased awareness has led to a desire to address the problem; resources have been allocated to study addiction, which is now recognized as a disease that requires professional treatment....

Finding Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals

Individuals of the LGBT community now have many options for finding lesbian and gay professionals to treat addiction recovery. In 1979 the National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals was founded to prevent and treat alcoholism, substance abuse and other addictions in sexual minorities. Since then, more addiction recovery facilities and organizations have followed suit, and...

Do All Addiction Counselors Have College Degrees?

There are many approaches to addiction recovery. The intensity of treatment depends on how severe someone’s addiction is, as well as if she has any co-occurring disorders, such as depression or bipolar disorder. The majority of addiction counselors in rehab and outpatient programs have a college degree, especially those who treat complex psychological issues. However, some counselors working in less intensive...

Will Online Addiction Counseling Work for Me?

Finding the right addiction treatment program for you can be difficult especially when you are not sure where to begin. There are so many programs and options out there, it is difficult to figure out which one will work best for you. One of the simplest forms of treatment is online counseling programs. These programs may seem like a great idea, because you can do them from home and with little sacrifice or work on...

Can Over-the-Phone Addiction Counseling Help Me?

Every individual is unique, every addict is unique and every addiction is unique. This means any treatment option must be unique and tailored to fit the individual. Over the phone addiction counseling can be effective but only in certain cases. Whether or not over the phone counseling will be effective for you depends on several factors including the severity of your addiction and your individual circumstances. How...

Counseling for Cutting and Substance Abuse

Cutting and self-injury are frightening conditions. If you or a person you love has been cutting, you may be feeling a range of emotions from fear to anger or even depression. When a person cuts him or herself, it is a complicated issue. There may be a variety of reasons behind this behavior, and each person who self-injures has a different reason and a unique personality and history that may explain what is...

Substance Abuse Counseling for Veterans

Soldiers are trained to be tough and to work through any pain. Veterans gave their all in order to serve their country. They exemplified bravery and strength in high-stress situations. Oftentimes, veterans have gone through traumatic experiences that can lead to disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or substance addiction. Veterans and soldiers are often hesitant to seek help for mental health and...

Substance Abuse Counselor

Substance abuse is a very serious problem, not only in the United States but all around the world. Just about anywhere you go in the world, you can find people whose lives have been ruined by drugs and alcohol. Thankfully, in the United States, there is very good infrastructure available to deal with such addictions. Unfortunately, not everyone takes advantage of it. For those who are interested in treating their...

Crystal Meth Addiction Counselor

If you are addicted to crystal meth, there are a plethora of good reasons to seek treatment. A crystal meth addiction destroys the body both inside and out. Individuals who become dependent upon this very powerful stimulant put themselves and their families in a great deal of danger. Meth addicts have higher incidences of domestic abuse and negligence than the general population. This propensity for violence when a...

Cocaine Addiction Counselor

Cocaine is considered by some people to be a party drug. They take it when they are out on the town and want to have a good time. The problem with this characterization of the drug is that cocaine can very quickly and without warning turn dangerous. Cocaine overdose and subsequent death are not uncommon. This very powerful stimulant can stop the heart and kill.  Cocaine is not physically addicting to the same...

Heroin Addiction Counselor

Heroin is one of the worst drugs in the world for addicts. It is very powerful and causes many people who experiment with it to become addicted. It is not unheard of for individuals who have only tried it once to develop an addiction.  Heroin overdoses are quite common and potentially lethal. Because of the addictive nature of the drug and its potential to kill, getting help for a dependency on the drug is...

Alcohol Addiction Counselor

An alcohol addiction counselor can have a tremendous effect on the sobriety of an addict. A good, well-trained counselor has a lot to offer someone in the throes of an addiction. Their experience, dedication and personal care can make a huge difference in an addict’s life. Finding such a counselor, however, can prove to be tough. We’re happy to help you find an alcohol addiction counselor or addiction...

Sexual Addiction Counselor

Sexual addiction has become more prevalent in modern times. We used to only hear about heroin addiction or alcohol addiction, but given the recent stories in the media, sexual addiction is being discussed more and more. This may be because more people are developing the condition or because it is only now being recognized as a disorder. Whatever the case, it is recognized today as an official addiction and there is...

Drug Rehab Counselor

When a person is addicted to drugs, one of the best places they can go and receive treatment is a drug rehab facility. Though users have other options for quitting, such as going cold turkey or attempting to wean themselves off drugs, rehab is among the most effective of available treatment options. An important part of almost any addiction rehabilitation program is counseling. A drug rehab counselor will work with...

Drug Addiction Counselor

An excellent drug addiction counselor can be a great deal of help when an individual is looking to get off drugs.  The operative word here is “excellent”. It is extremely important that the drug addiction counselor a person uses is a quality one. A poorly trained and uneducated counselor will likely have no positive effect on the addict, and may even cause more problems than he or she solves. Because it...