Chemical Dependency Therapist

Substance Abuse CouselerAddiction is a common disease, and unfortunately the addiction or prescription medications and heroin have greatly increased in the past twenty years. Fighting addiction is an ongoing practice, and takes a lifetime of work. At the International Center for the Attainment of Love and Joy, we have more than 30 years of experience in dealing with drug and alcohol abuse and are here to provide you with the ability to have a safe, unjudged environment. We want to assist you on your path to sobriety and help you as a recovery coach.

Research shows that the majority of individuals who are addicted to drugs or alcohol have an underlying mental health condition or significant emotional and/or psychological difficulty. About half of all people with mental health diagnoses will face challenges with drugs or alcohol at some point in their lives, usually as a result of using drugs or alcohol to self-medicate.

Individual Addiction Counseling

Whether they are equipped with appropriate coping strategies or not, people who misuse substances rely on the immediate gratification of drugs and alcohol as an alternative to facing the issues at hand. In the long term, however, reliance on drugs and alcohol will almost surely worsen any emotional or psychological condition and can cause a downward spiral. Self medicating may be a sign that therapy is warranted in order to address an underlying condition or difficulty, and often can help you address the root of the problem.

Signs of addiction

Substance abuse can lead to substance dependence or addiction when both the amount of substance used and the rate of use increase. People who experience drug or alcohol addiction feel unable to control the impulse to use, and they often experience withdrawal symptoms in the sudden absence of the substance. Some people deny or are unaware that they have a problem with addiction, and sometimes a person’s substance dependency and abuse remains hidden from loved ones. If you believe you are experiencing drug or alcohol dependency and are having a hard time controlling it, seeking help can benefit you greatly before it takes a hold.

Regardless if your addiction is alcohol, drugs, codependency or other damaging habits, we will be there for you. We’ll work with you to find effective ways to stop the behavior, learn to deal with triggers and ease the pain brought on by the addiction, for both you and your loved ones. If you want to make a positive change in your life contact The International Center for the Attainment of Love and Joy today at 763-572-2326, 877-572-2326 or email us at laurie@lauriegrengs.com.

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