Substance abuse is a serious, growing issue in the United States. Living with a substance abuse disorder can affect every part of a person’s life–from their relationships to work and mental well being. We’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be like this. Recovery is possible with substance abuse evaluations and counseling.
What is Substance Abuse?
Substance abuse, which is commonly called addiction, is the compulsive use of a mind-altering substance to the point where the person’s life is seriously affected. Substance abuse can cause trouble in a person’s family, work, school, or other areas of life.
People with substance use disorders may compulsively use one or several substances, including:
- Prescription medication
- Over-the-counter medication
- Inhalants (such as paint)
- Illegal drugs
Many of these substances can be used in a healthy way. For example, taking medication as prescribed by your doctor is great. However, substance use becomes a disorder when a person compulsively, knowingly misuses the substance even when they know it’s against their best interests.
Substance Abuse Assessments
If you have concerns about your own substance use or addiction issues with your child or family member, LifeStance Health can help. Our supportive staff will confidentially assess the situation and help you explore options.
The initial assessment takes between 60-90 minutes and consists of both face-to-face and self-assessments. Additional information is obtained after your session to help form a treatment plan. When complete, you will attend a feedback session to review the report, discuss treatment needs and referrals, and receive assistance with securing recommended services.
Substance Abuse Counseling
Depending on the needs of the patient, substance abuse counseling can combine both family and individual therapy. LifeStance Health embraces the Family Therapeutic Model. The family unit plays an important role in successful recovery and making positive life choices. Family therapy is a valuable part of treatment and we strive to make every effort to include all members.
At LifeStance Health, confidentiality is top priority. Everything you say is confidential unless you are a danger to yourself or others. This includes what someone says during substance abuse counseling sessions.
Only if you wish, we can collaborate with other providers or share your records with any company or individual. This process can help you receive whole-person care and improve your results in some cases. However, you must agree to and sign a release for your information.