Substance Use Consultation 

Are you concerned about your own substance use or drinking or drug use of someone you care about?

You or your loved one does not need to walk the path alone.

Take the next step to make a difference

A safe and confidential substance abuse consultation will help determine the answers to questions such as:

  • How severe is the substance abuse problem of a family member or friend?
  • Is my loved one an addict?
  • How much drinking makes someone an alcoholic?
  • How much marijuana smoking is considered dangerous?
  • Is my alcohol or drug usage a problem?
  • Is my family member or friend addicted to prescription drugs?

As an addiction specialist and dedicated professional, I have provided compassionate care for men and women, adults and teens. I will answer your questions, help you understand substance abuse, and be with you every step of the way.

What to Expect in a Substance Abuse Consultation

I will ask questions to better assess the extent of you or your loved one's alcohol or drug use. Determining the impact these substances may be having in someone's life and the lives of those around them is an important first step. Questions may include:

  • How is the person's general health?
  • How are they sleeping?
  • Does the person have a stable work history? Are they currently employed?
  • Is the person enrolled in school and attending classes?
  • What are the relationships like with those around them? Are they distancing themselves?
  • What is the level of their self-esteem?
  • Has the person experienced a major loss, such as a friend or family member passing away?
  • Has the person displayed any signs of mental health issues, such as depression or anxiety?
  • What are some of the obstacles someone has to navigate to get themselves into treatment?

 

It is very likely the opioid epidemic in the US has likely touched someone you know or love.  In a 2014 article, The Washington Post reported that 100 Americans die per day from drug overdoses.   Today, the CDC reports that prescription opioid deaths surpass gun-related deaths in the US.  And what about alcohol? Check out this 2015 Washington Post article which states Americans are sadly drinking themselves to death in record numbers, sometimes unknowingly.

Fear, shame and the inability to think clearly while using or in withdrawal from drugs or alcohol is what keeps most people from asking for professional help.  Loved ones or friends who are trying to help are usually caught up in a difficult dance of frustration and compassion for the addict or alcoholic which unfortunately becomes part of the problem.   

Much of my training and clinical work was accomplished at one of the world's premier addiction treatment centers.  I work with the addict/alcoholic and the family or loved ones to stabilize and overcome the addiction and then move forward with healing. 

The purpose of a consultation appointment will vary from person to person and family to family. Typically, one could expect to learn more about substance and behavioral/process (gambling, internet, porn, sex, etc.)  addiction/dependence, ask questions and get some feedback and recommendations. 

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