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The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDU) generates reports on a state level based on the 23 measures which were used for estimating the substance use and mental health problems among four different age group range of 12+, 12 to 17, 18 to 25 and 26 and older in an entire state. The combined survey of 2005 – 2006 reports showed that the drug and alcohol use in Florida have been varying. The past month marijuana use in the state of Florida reflected the national rates. The illicit drugs usage for the past month was more than the national rates in the state; however all the measures related to the alcohol usage including the binge drinking was low when compared to the national averages. According to the annual surveys conducted by the N-SSATS in 2006 showed that the number of substance abuse treatment facilities had increased from 612 to 668 from 2001 to 2006.

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Naomi B Corey, LCSW
Naomi B Corey, LCSW
Ocala, FL 34471

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize?

I use an eclectic approach and utilize many different modalities depending upon which approach "fits" the person sitting with me.  I am very much a realist with a solution focused bent and allow my clients/patients to hear the truth and then we process this together toward an end with which the person feels most comfortable.   

What issues do you specify treatment for?

I see many children and provide ADHD assessments and counseling to help the child learn effective coping skills in order to turn the symptomatology into a strength and subsequently into success in school, social, and home life.

I see a great many women who struggle with depression oftentimes co-occurring with co-dependence, domestic violence, or resulting from traumatic events.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

I tell the people who ask me this when they inquire about making an appointment that if they feel the need to talk to someone who can give them an honest ear, listen without judging, and allow them the time to put words to and express their problems, then probably, therapy will help them feel better.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

I believe most people gain a sense of clarity, self expression, and a recognition that they are really okay and just need to talk to someone.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

I believe that I have experienced many of the situations and life circumstances that the majority of my patients/clients have throughout my life; if not exactly, at least in a way that I can truly empathize with and relate to the struggle and difficulty of getting back to normal after a difficult period in life. I believe in a humanistic approach placing the patient and myself on a level playing field so that the patient can experience their problems as more of an opportunity and situation to solve rather than overwhelming and unsolvable.  This approach also addresses many patients' fear that they "might be crazy." I also think that this humanization normalizes the therapy process and takes away much of the remaining stigma of mental health services.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Many times people become involved in substance abuse as a maladaptive means of "self medication" to cope with difficulty, to mask feelings that may not mesh with their families' mores , or as a method to escape their negative reality.  Unfortunately, many people get 'caught up' in the substance and exacerbate the initial problem with developed addiction issues. New addiction medicine is proving that the then addictive behavior cannot 'just be given up' as the brain has truly developed a need for the drug.  This results in the difficulty of finding physicians that are willing to integrate the patients' care with behavioral/mental health in order to effect a positive outcome.  Fortunately, the substance abuse medicine is awakening the mainstream to the necessity of integration across medical modalities.

Naomi B Corey, LCSW (SW9031) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist at Choices Counseling and Therapy Alternatives in Ocala, Florida. For more information, please call (352) 615-6031.

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2215 E Fort King Street, Suite C
Ocala, FL 34471
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