Substance Use Counseling

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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