With today's outpatient addiction and recovery programs, you can safely detox from alcohol and drugs without disrupting your daily life. As a licensed professional counselor and a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor, Jennifer Joireman, MA, EdS, LPC, LCADC, at Town Center Counseling has years of experience providing therapy that supports your detox and recovery and helps you regain a healthy life. To learn more about fighting an addiction, call the office in Robbinsville Township, New Jersey, or book an appointment online today.
Many different substances can lead to an addiction, including:
No matter which substance you use, you can easily cross the line from abuse to addiction.
Addictive substances stimulate your brain's reward system, leading to a big surge in chemicals that improve your mood, ease pain, and cause feelings of pleasure.
As you keep taking the substance, your brain goes through physical changes. These changes lead to uncontrollable cravings for the substance.
It doesn't take long for your brain to build up a tolerance to the amount you usually take. Then you need to keep taking larger doses to satisfy the cravings.
At this stage, you also have withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop using the substance. That's when you're addicted.
During your addiction and recovery, you first detox to get the drugs or alcohol out of your system. You can do this safely and as an outpatient using medication-assisted treatment (MAT), a proven protocol that combines medications with therapy.
You may need one of several types of medications, depending on the substance you use. However, the medications reduce cravings and prevent withdrawal symptoms, so you can safely detox. Some medications also rebalance your brain chemicals.
You take your first dose in the doctor’s office and have frequent follow-up appointments. Otherwise, you take the medication at home.
After you detox, you still face the same emotional challenges and life triggers that motivated you to take drugs or alcohol in the first place. That's where therapy steps in to help.
During therapy, you learn about the emotional, social, and life stressors that tempt you to use alcohol or drugs. Jennifer helps you develop new skills to manage these challenges and support a long-lasting recovery.
Therapy also supports many aspects of your life affected by alcohol. For example, you may need help rebuilding relationships or getting a new job. Additionally, addictions seldom exist alone. Many people engage in therapy for problems like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder.
Therapy allows you to successfully overcome an addiction and move forward into a thriving life. To schedule an appointment, call Town Center Counseling or book online today.