Modesto is the largest city in Stanislaus County. Located in California’s Central Valley, Stanislaus County is known for its natural beauty and bountiful farmland. However, Stanislaus County and Modesto, in particular, have been hit hard by the Opioid epidemic that stretches across America’s heartland. A County report conducted in March of 2018 estimated that 6.1% of people 12 years of age and older misused Opioids in 2016. Furthermore, about 1 in every 100 people in Stanislaus County suffers from Opioid Use Disorder, meaning that they are addicted to some sort of Opioid. Let us not forget that the use of other drugs as meth, crack, both illegal and prescription narcotics are also being used at a high
These addictions can be tied to any type of opiate, from pharmaceutical drugs to heroin. As is all too often the case with Opioid addicts, prescribed pain medication becomes the gateway into illicit drug use. Many people who begin using Vicodin, Oxycontin or Percocet end up running out of their prescriptions and look to heroin for a cheaper, more easily obtainable fix. This has led to an increase in the need for addiction treatment programs. Between 2,463 and 3,363 people in Stanislaus County with Opiate Use Disorder don’t have access to medication-assisted treatments for their addiction. While people suffering from Opioid addiction often need medication-assisted treatment to help to get them ween off of the chemicals that they have become physically dependent upon. There is a mental and spiritual component to addiction treatment that methadone and Buprenorphine cannot treat.
Individual Counseling for all substance use disorders is a crucial component of recovery. One on one addiction counseling can help a recovering addict learn to manage their drug cravings and avoid relapse. There are many psychological and environmental factors that contribute to the development of an addiction. Even after a person has been through a medical detox and overcomes their physical addiction to a substance they are still at risk of relapsing back into their old behaviors and unhealthy coping mechanisms.
An addiction counselor can help sort through the complex web of emotions and triggers that lead a person down the dark path to addiction, and can help identify the reasons why an addicted individual started using drugs. The addiction counselor and other specialists in the treatment of addiction can assist the addict in building skills to make sure that they don’t go down that path again. By illuminating what problems drug use helped the person manage or hide, an addiction counselor can teach the person healthy alternatives to overcome these same problems.
A major challenge with most addicts is their inability to deal with life on life’s terms. Many people develop unhealthy relationships with mood-altering drugs to help them deal with stress. By learning to identify and cease engaging in unrealistic expectations, not engaging in perceived threat; fear of uncertainty or to control the outcomes of what is not in their power to control. This affords the client and addiction counselor the ability to help the recovering addict come to terms with reality. For many people, restructuring their relationship with their environment can be liberating. By learning to do the best they can with the aspects of life that they can control and letting go of the rest, a person can reduce their feelings of shame, guilt and other self-defeating thought and behaviors.
Addiction is both an individual disease and a family disease. As an individual disease, it is important that people understand that no two addicts are alike and that every addicted individual has their own reasons why they became dependent upon their drug of choice. Based on best practices, every recovering addict is entitled to an individualized treatment plan. These plans are carefully developed in a collaborative effort by the addict, their counselor and when necessary, others involved in the client’s treatment planning. By carefully developing the treatment plan, clear expectations towards goals and counselor commitments, the counselor can support the client towards effective treatment, sobriety and recovery lifestyle.
Addiction is also a family disease, meaning that a whole family system can become affected by a single addict. Many families have been held hostage by an addict and have had to change their traditional roles to struggle for normalcy. The levels of codependency, enmeshment and enabling behavior in a family system that has become corrupted by addiction are often difficult to identify from within the internal family system. By establishing attunement and trust with an addiction counselor, counseling can be a conduit for the family to recover as a whole. To support a recovering addict towards a successful outcome, the family would need to agree to work on changing the way that they interact, communicate and hold each other accountable. This is no easy task to accomplish. A Family Systems Counselor can help a family develop the skills necessary to deal with deep-seated feelings of anger, guilt, blame, resentment and unforgiveness in a healthy way.
At Counseling by Hartman, we are trained in numerous methods of treatment that have been proven to help a person recover from drug and alcohol addiction. Dale Hartman has been helping people in Stanislaus County deal with issues of substance abuse for over twenty years. Located in Modesto, CA, Counseling by Hartman is available to help individuals struggling with addiction and willing family members throughout the Central Valley and Bay Area recover and live healthier, meaningful lives.
If you or someone you love could benefit from the counseling of an experienced substance abuse counselor, contact Dale Hartman today.