Substance Abuse Counseling for Individuals and Families Phone or in Office
What is an LCDC?
A licensed chemical dependency counselor (LCDC) is licensed to provide chemical dependency services that address substance abuse/dependence and/or its impact on the service recipient (user). An LCDC can offer counseling services to the user, family member or any other person/persons involved in a significant relationship with an active user.
How can I help you?
Who knows better than another addict the pain and struggles we go through? There is a benefit of having me as your counselor; I have been in the 12 Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous since July 14th, 1995. I have not found a reason to use since I found the hope of AA. I do not feel the need to stay anonymous about my addiction because I can help more people by sharing my experience and hope for a wonderful life free of addiction and pain. People use alcohol and drugs for many different reasons. You are the only one who knows if you are really an addict.
What is Alcoholism?
Alcoholism is widely recognized as a disease of compulsive drinking, which can be arrested, but not cured. It is a progressive illness, which will get only worse as long as the person continues to drink. Total abstinence from drinking is the only way to arrest the disease. Alcoholism affects the entire family; indeed, everyone who has contact with the alcoholic is affected. Unfortunately, the only person who can stop the alcoholic from drinking is the alcoholic himself or herself.
Is there Hope for an Addict?
YES! The important part is that we have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. On Page 85 it states that we are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition.
Foreword To First Edition
We, of Alcoholics Anonymous, are many thousands of men and women who have recovered from a seemingly hopeless state of mind and body. To show other alcoholics PRECISELY HOW WE HAVE RECOVERED is the main purpose of this book. For them, we hope these pages will prove so convincing that no further authentication will be necessary. We think this account of our experiences will help everyone to better understand the alcoholic. Many do not comprehend that the alcoholic is a very sick person. And besides, we are sure that our way of living has its advantages for all.
Page 85 of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous
It is easy to let up on the spiritual program of action and rest on our laurels. We are headed for trouble if we do, for alcohol is a subtle foe. We are not cured of alcoholism. What we really have is a daily reprieve contingent on the maintenance of our spiritual condition. Every day is a day when we must carry the vision of God's will into all of our activities. "How can I best serve Thee - Thy will (not mine) be done." These are thoughts which must go with us constantly.
How do I get started with counseling for my alcohol or drug use?
I can start by doing and assessment with you; I gather information to determine where you are in your using process. Then we work together from there to find the source of your using.
Will our sessions be confidential?
Everything you share with me is confidential. Living in a small town it can be scary to seek help. I offer phone counseling sessions as well as in office.
Can you help me too?
I care about someone who uses too much and it is affecting my life.
Yes! Addiction is a family disease. Addiction can be embarrassing if you don’t understand it. Most of us know someone who uses too much, and unfortunately most of us have lost someone to an addiction. You are not alone I can help you too!
What is Addiction?
Definition of addiction
1: a compulsive, chronic, physiological or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity having harmful physical, psychological, or social effects and typically causing well-defined symptoms (such as anxiety, irritability, tremors, or nausea) upon withdrawal or abstinence : the state of being addicted
2: a strong inclination to do, use, or indulge in something repeatedly