Whether or not to seek substance abuse treatment can be a difficult decision to make. Deciding whether or not alcohol consumption is a problem can often be confusing at best. Some people also feel that their recovery from a substance is impossible and hopeless. This is obviously untrue. Whether others are telling you that you have a problem, or you think you have a problem, but you are unsure of where to turn, substance abuse treatment is a choice that you should highly consider.

You should consider counseling for substance abuse if you have any of the following problems:

  • Period of abstinence followed by a relapse
  • Family and friends complaining about your alcohol or drug use
  • Lack of participation in past activities and hobbies
  • Relationship problems
  • High-risk behaviors after using
  • Legal problems related to alcohol or drug use
  • Keeping secrets about your drug or alcohol use from friends and family
  • Work attendance problems
  • Failed attempts to avoid use
  • Frequent blackouts
  • Cravings

If you are wondering whether or not you should seek help for a substance abuse problem, chances are that you probably should meet with a counselor. All too commonly people wait until they are in major trouble before they seek out a counselor. The investment prior to a crisis such as having a partner or spouse who is about to leave or a legal problem is much less than it is after. Yet people often wait until after there is a major external factor before they seek out help.

Services provided at Vantage Point range from individual relapse prevention, family counseling, and substance abuse evaluations along with referral. Counseling helps clients look at internal factors that are leading to the misuse or abuse of alcohol or drugs and ways to change these patterns. Contact me to further see how Vantage Point may be able to help.

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Therapy for Substance Abuse September 10, 2011