Services Offered

Counseling for Substance Use, Substance Abuse, and Co-Occurring Disorders

Deciding to get help with substance use, abuse, and Co-Occurring disorders is a major choice in your life. Actually making the decision to initiate help is a huge accomplishment. Although the initial stages of treatment may be difficult, our staff are here to walk with you and your family toward your path of recovery.

The first step in getting help is finding the correct level of care. The Genesis House has professional staff who are able to effectively assess and screen for substance use, abuse, and other disorders. A professional assessment is the best way to clinically assess the problem, determine the best level of care for you, and help determine what type of treatment and recovery services are best for you

We understand that trust is a reciprocal process, all of our counselors and staff want to ensure your privacy and confidentiality. Genesis house demonstrates adherence to all Federal and State confidentiality laws and regulations. Policies and procedures developed by Genesis House are developed in such a manner as to protect the agency and affiliated organizations from liability, protect personnel from liability, and protect the client from the possibility of exposure and stigma.

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Counseling Overview

Genesis House counselors are trained in the most effective therapy techniques for addiction disorders including:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
and other therapies based on your needs.

At Genesis House, we focus on you and your needs as a whole to help you achieve your goals and increase your happiness in life. Individual Counseling sessions are scheduled for 1 hour weekly at the at the beginning of treatment. As your stability increases, the weekly sessions decrease, but every treatment process is customized by your needs.

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Individual Outpatient Counseling

Genesis House addresses your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs during this difficult period of time. Our primary approach to treatment is a mixture of cognitive and behavioral therapies. We place strong emphasis on utilizing your strengths in conjunction with any available community resources to ensure long-term treatment success.

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Group Counseling

Group sessions offer a different perspective on issues with as the group culture is like that of the trust between close friends, friends who share the common bond of recovery. In group, you realize problems are not unique, learning from peers in a professionally monitored setting complements the individual counseling process. Group composition varies from gender specific groups to specially designed groups for specific treatment needs. Groups are added as needs arise. Current speciality groups include: LGBTQ, MAT, THC, gender specific groups, Trauma Informed groups and Anger Management groups.

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Couples Counseling

It has long been recognized that both partners in a couple are affected by substance use, substance abuse, and Co-Occurring disorders, even if only one person in the couple is afflicted. Research shows that couples counseling can help with substance use, substance abuse, and Co-Occurring disorders as well as the relationship problems that go along with it. Sometimes, one or both partners are confused or offended by the suggestion that they should have counseling for relationship problems, as they feel that they have weathered the storm, and that the disorder should be the focus of therapeutic attention. This, however, is not the case as many times issues in the relationship may be directly tied to the disorder. Couples Counseling will ensure that issues with the relationship are solved as part of the therapeutic process.

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Family counseling

The effects of substance use disorder and Co-Occurring disorders aren’t limited to the afflicted person, and the causes of the disorder can be varied and complex. Many times, family issues can contribute to and perpetuate the disorder. In fact, substance use disorder and Co-Occurring disorders are sometimes referred to as a “family disease.” Successful treatment, therefore, often incorporates the family of the person struggling with the disorder.

Family therapy refers to a group of treatment styles that target the group rather than the individual within the group. All of the styles are based on the notion that families share a connection, and by modifying one component of the system, you can affect the other components. This means the health of a family can play a major role in the success of recovery.

It’s important to understand that therapy can provide support for family members but also boost their loved one’s health and chances of recovery as well. Since there is no set definition for “family,” family therapy might be appropriate even if you are not technically family. Significant others, friends, and coworkers may choose to attend this form of treatment.

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Co-Occurring Disorders

What is a Co-Occurring disorder?

If you have a substance abuse disorder (drugs and/or alcohol) and a mental illness (depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, etc.), then you are diagnosed with what is called a Co-Occurring disorder. This is a blanket term for the combination of any mental health disorder and any substance use disorder. Common Co-Occurring diagnoses include: alcoholism and depression; anorexia and cocaine dependence; post-traumatic stress disorder and heroin addiction; and prescription drug dependence and anxiety.

Though the symptoms of one disorder may predate the other, both disorders tend to make the each other worse, making it impossible to determine the symptoms caused by one disorder from the other. For example, those who attempt to escape symptoms of depression associated with a mood or personality disorder by taking prescription painkillers or shooting heroin will quickly find that though this may be effective the first few times, in addition to the symptoms of depression, they will soon be struggling with substance use disorder.

Genesis House treats Co-Occurring disorders by treating both the substance use disorder and the mental health disorder at the same time.

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Intensive Outpatient Program

As a result of an assessment, clients may need a higher level of care then outpatient counseling but not need, or be unable to go into, an inpatient program. Intensive outpatient typically consists of one individual counseling session and three group sessions; this may vary depending on individual needs.

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Counseling for Gambling Addiction

A combination of Cognitive Behavioral-Therapy, motivational interviewing and relapse prevention hs been assessed as an effective treatment approach for gambling addiction. With this combined treatment, a mental health professional can help an individual to identify the thought processes that have led to the compulsive gambling practice. Our combined therapy approach focuses on altering behavior and attitude; increasing a positive dcoping skill set to deal with thriggers and cravings; identifying maladaptive thoughts; and positive reinforcement.

Assessments

Genesis House offers several different assessments including Level of Treatment, Driving Under the Influence and Professional Licensing Requirements.

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Level of Treatment

Recovery starts by determining the most appropriate level of care. A full assessment is the best way to decide where to start: Detox, Inpatient, or Outpatient. Our counselors will work with you to determine if treatment of any kind is necessary and provide you with access to services that are appropriate in intensity, duration and frequency and referral for funding.

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Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Court ordered to have a DUI assessment? Maybe you have a problem, maybe you don’t; finding out, either way, will help. We’ll do a thorough assessment that will help get you on the right track and meet the courts requirements. We assist you with the Act 122 requirements in order to restore your drivers license.

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Professional Licensing Evaluations

The Genesis House provides substance use evaluations for professionals whom are directed by PHMP and/or PNAP to complete an evaluation and/or treatment. Our evaluation will provide you with:

  • Detailed Recommendations for treatment, if appropriate
  • A back to work assessment with recommendations regarding fitness to practice
  • A summary for monitoring or licensing boards or other professional contacts as needed.

The Genesis House is able to perform the assessment and, if indicated, provide the treatment needed. Genesis House also participates with the Professional Health Monitoring Program (PHMP) and the Pennsylvania Nurse Peer Assistance Program (PNAP). We have licensed and certified staff available to meet all licensing requirements. 

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Training/Consulting

Genesis House counselors are available for onsite training regarding identifying substance use disorder or training in their different counseling techniques. All training and consulting is provided by trained and experienced clinicians that are actively working in the field.

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Community Presentations

Genesis House counselors are available for making community presentations on substance use disorder. Our community presentations are aimed at helping individuals and professionals within the community with a continued development of understanding of substance use disorders and Co-Occurring disorders.

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Interventions

Interventions are professionally directed, education processes resulting in a face to face meeting of family members, friends and/or employer with the person suffering from substance use disorder. People who struggle with substance use disorder are often in denial about their situation and unwilling to seek treatment. They may not recognize the negative effects their behavior has on themselves and others. Interventions can help the person make the connection between their substance use disorder and the problems in their life. The goal of intervention is to present the afflicted individual with a structured opportunity to accept help and to make changes before things get even worse.

The Genesis House counselors can help you organize an effective intervention. We will take into account the particular circumstances surrounding the substance use disorder, suggest the best approach, and provide guidance for what type of treatment and follow-up plan is likely to work best.

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Counseling for Co-Occurring Disorders

The therapy techniques that Genesis House counselors are trained in are not just effective for substance use disorder. In fact, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) are useful for many different Co-Occurring disorders including Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Compulsive disorders and other mental health disorders. At Genesis House, we focus on you and your needs as a whole to help you achieve your goals and increase your happiness in life. Counseling sessions usually last 60 minutes and are scheduled weekly at the beginning of treatment. As your stability increases, the weekly sessions decrease, but every treatment process is customized by your needs.

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Depression & Anxiety Counseling

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a well-established, highly effective, and lasting treatment for both depression and anxiety. It focuses on identifying, understanding, and changing thinking and behavior patterns. Benefits are usually seen in 12 to 16 weeks, depending on the individual.

In this type of therapy the patient is actively involved in his or her own recovery, has a sense of control, and learns skills that are useful throughout life. CBT typically involves reading about the problem, keeping records between appointments, and completing homework assignments in which the treatment procedures are practiced. Patients learn skills during therapy sessions, but they must practice repeatedly to see improvement.

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PTSD Counseling

Research shows that Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most effective type of counseling for PTSD. In cognitive therapy, your therapist helps you understand and change how you think about your trauma and its aftermath. Your goal is to understand how certain thoughts about your trauma cause you stress and make your symptoms worse.

You will learn to identify thoughts about the world and yourself that are making you feel afraid or upset. With the help of your therapist, you will learn to replace these thoughts with more accurate and less distressing thoughts. You will also learn ways to cope with feelings such as anger, guilt, and fear.

After a traumatic event, you might blame yourself for things you couldn’t have changed. For example, a soldier may feel guilty about decisions he or she had to make during war. Cognitive therapy, a type of CBT, helps you understand that the traumatic event you lived through was not your fault.

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Compulsive Disorder Counseling

For many years, the treatment of OCD was thought to be exceptionally difficult. Traditional psychoanalysis consistently had little impact on the disorder, and other psychotherapies were equally unsuccessful. However, over the past fifteen years, developments in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) have resulted in an OCD treatment protocol that is especially beneficial for individuals with this condition. In fact, numerous clinical studies conducted over the past fifteen years have conclusively found that CBT, either with or without medication, is dramatically superior to all other forms of treatment for OCD.

One of the most effective CBT developments for the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and related conditions is Mindfulness-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. The primary goal of Mindfulness-Based CBT is to learn to non-judgmentally accept uncomfortable psychological experiences. From a mindfulness perspective, much of our psychological distress is the result of trying to control and eliminate the discomfort of unwanted thoughts, feelings, sensations, and urges. In other words, our discomfort is not the problem – our attempt to control and eliminate our discomfort is the problem. For an individual with OCD or a related anxiety-based condition, the ultimate goal of mindfulness is to develop the ability to more willingly experience their uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, sensations, and urges, without responding with compulsions, avoidance behaviors, reassurance seeking, and/or mental rituals.

Following a structured CBT protocol, the client gradually challenges all of his or her symptoms, and learns new, more productive methods of coping with anxiety. Over time, the individual becomes de-sensitized to previously anxiety-provoking situations and thoughts, and the obsessions and compulsions are eliminated, or significantly reduced in frequency and magnitude. Using this treatment approach, most clients make dramatic improvement by meeting with their therapist on a weekly basis over a period of just 4-6 months, followed by two or three “booster sessions”. Some clients may also benefit by having a small number of family or couples therapy sessions to address the impact OCD is having on their relationships.

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Source: http://ocdla.com/cognitivebehavioraltherapy

Medical Professionals Services

The Genesis House specializes in helping health care professionals address substance use issues. Workplace challenges such as access to medication, irregular work hours, emotional trauma and knowledge of medications can be barriers to sustainable recovery. Our staff will work with you to help you navigate treatment, provide education, and support you through your process.

Medical Professionals Group

Genesis House offers group therapy sessions strictly for Medical Professionals. These groups focus on:

How to restore your career and reputation
The process of returning to a professional practice
Addressing licensing and disciplinary matters
Avoiding potential triggers in and outside of the workplace
Participation in monitoring programs

This specialized group is only open to Medical Professionals.

Medical Professionals Assessments

The Genesis House provides substance use evaluations for professionals whom are directed by PHMP and/or PNAP to complete an evaluation and/or treatment. Our evaluation will provide you with:

  • Detailed Recommendations for treatment, if appropriate
  • A back to work assessment with recommendations regarding fitness to practice
  • A summary for monitoring or licensing boards or other professional contacts as needed.

The Genesis House is able to perform the assessment and, if indicated, provide the treatment needed. Genesis House also participates with the Professional Health Monitoring Program (PHMP) and the Pennsylvania Nurse Peer Assistance Program (PNAP). We have licensed and certified staff available to meet all licensing requirements. 

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Medical Professionals Individual Counseling

Our counselors understand that substance use among professionals is common and each individual faces a unique set of challenges. To address this, our staff will assist you with your needs which may include:

How to restore your career and reputation
The process of returning to a professional practice
Addressing licensing and disciplinary matters
Avoiding potential triggers in and outside of the workplace
Participation in monitoring programs
Establishing continued after-care
Confidentiality concerns
Co-dependency
Exposure to trauma
Professional demands

Psychiatric Services (Genesis House Harrisburg Only)

Genesis House Harrisburg offers psychiatric services which include: Psychiatric evaluations and assessments; and Medication management. This additional service allows Genesis House Williamsport to expand counseling services for individuals with a Co-Occurring mental health and substance abuse diagnosis.

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