Talk Time provides an individualized approach to your substance abuse treatment. These milieu options can include 1:1 sessions, family therapy and, recovery group work. Throughout your journey of uncovering, discovering, and recovering from addiction, you can expect to be supported, encouraged, and motivated. Honesty is the best policy and you can also expect the truth.
You may have been in and out of detox, rehabs and treatment centers for years, calling yourself a 'chronic relapser' and feeling you can 'write the book on it'; while others are new to the scene and want to 'get it right' the first time. You may be able to stop using for a time but continue to find yourself using again and wondering how to stay stopped.
You should never go through the recovery process alone. Whatever your situation is, therapy is not easy. There will be times when you'll want to avoid your feelings. An addiction of any sort can be devastating or at the very least, exhausting. Counseling is an essential part of working through and managing this condition. Remember, you do not have to go through this alone.
I also know and understand that families can be directly or indirectly affected by the chaos and uncertainty that can occur when the person they care about is struggling with addiction. Talk Time provides the much-needed support, education and guidance necessary to families as they learn effective ways to balance their own lives.
Talk Time Therapy offers specific services for people and families affected with addiction. Most of our services involve individual therapy, group counseling, or both. These services can include the following:
- Early Intervention helps to identify, treat, and manage substance use difficulties for people who feel that their usage is becoming a problem
- Psychoeducation is used to enlighten people struggling with questions of why they keep using, how to stop using, and stay stopped
- Relapse Prevention takes the necessary time to focus on strategies, using critical thinking to come up with a plan to avoid the pitfalls
- The ABC's of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an incredible tool you will learn and use in your daily life; encouraging stop, listen, and feel
- Motivational Interviewing supports your readiness to change: pre-contemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance
- 12 Step work, guidance, and support
- Spiritual journey encouragement, guidance, and support
- Family support, education, and information
Talk Time understands the Principles of Effective Treatment:
- Addiction is a complex but treatable disease that affects brain function and behavior
- No single treatment is right for everyone
- People need to have quick access to treatment
- Effective treatment addresses all the person’s needs, not just his or her drug use
- Staying in treatment long enough is critical
- Counseling and other behavioral therapies are the most commonly used forms of treatment
- Medications are often an important part of treatment, especially when combined with behavioral therapies
- Treatment plans must be reviewed often and modified to fit the person’s changing needs
Points To Remember:
Addiction is a chronic disorder in which a person is blinded by a substance, or engages in an activity, that gives them an immense amount of pleasure but has become detrimental to their everyday life.
Compulsive behaviors and addictions can temporarily provide confidence, control, validation or other emotions lacking in one’s life, but the behavior may not stop until the root of the problem is addressed.
Addiction changes the brain through the limbic system, also known as the “brain reward system.” This part of the brain is responsible for producing feelings of pleasure and will manifest thoughts such as, “I can stop when I want to,” or “This is the last one.”
Over time people with addiction build up a tolerance, meaning they need larger amounts to feel the effects.
People begin using drugs and/or drinking for a variety of reasons: to feel good — feeling of pleasure, to feel better — relieve stress, to do better — improve performance or curiosity and peer pressure.
People with addictive disorders may be aware of their problems but be unable to stop it even if they want to.
Addiction may cause health problems as well as problems at work and with family members and friends.
Many people experience both mental illness and addiction. The mental illness may be present before the addiction or the addiction may trigger or make a mental disorder worse.
Call Talk Time at 203-747-8708, I can help.