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ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTERS IN COLUMBUS, OHIO

2005 had 55.5% of teens using marijuana at least once or twice a week. There was however a decrease in the use of marijuana between 2002 and 2005 with a drop from 20.6% to 17.4% usage. The past year indicated a decline to 13.3% from 15.8%. Looking at the city of Columbus, research conducted by USNODRUGS website, late in 2013, indicated that at least 16% of residents had used marijuana. 4% are completely dependent on the drug and 2% on alcohol. As always, residents will definitely have reasons as to why they got involved in drugs in Columbus and 3% admitted that the ready availability of all types of drugs was their motivation and it soon turned into a strong addiction. Ohio generally has an increase of 440% of overdose deaths from 1999 to 2011 according to the Ohio Department of Health. Both medical and loss costs added up to $1.9 billion approximately while non-fatal drug poisoning costs a higher 40 billion dollars.

To address this problem, Ohio is working hand in hand with Columbus Drug and alcohol treatment facilities, educating users on dangers of such illicit drugs as well as non-medical prescription drugs. We are also here to help you locate these facilities for you and your relatives; hence, contact us.
WHAT THERAPISTS IN COLUMBUS HAVE TO SAY
Karen Waugh
Karen Waugh
Columbus, OH 43214

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches that are specifically tailored to the client's needs. My approach with grief is, of course, much different than my approach would be in working with someone that abuses substances. Theories and the science of psychotherapy are much needed and provide a foundation for the therapist to build upon, but connecting and building a rapport with a variety of personalities is an art. Without trust of the therapist, the client cannot progress.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

I tell potential clients that if they have experienced negative symptoms like anxiety, depression, relationship concerns, etc., for more days than not over the course of several weeks, then therapy may be needed. Also, most people are very resourceful and resilient on there own; but, when they've tried everything that they know to do and it's not working...then it's time to seek help. And, of course, once the therapeutic process is underway, progress or the lack thereof (i.e., a change of behavior or internal responses) will determine whether therapy is working.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

My hope for clients is that they experience relief from whatever symptoms they are experiencing, a deeper understanding of self, and a sense of empowerment to make healthy choices for there lives moving forward.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

Perhaps not unique...but I consider myself to be a "working therapist." I.e., I give homework and expect that that client will take an active role in his or her process. My style is one that is honest and direct with little room for excuse-making or victimization. We are powerful beings...sometimes we just need to be reminded of that.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

Experience has taught me that substance abuse and addictive behaviors are mere symptoms and signs that underlying mental and/or emotional concerns are yet to be resolved. Drugs and alcohol are accessible means by which to cope with life's stressors and to self-medicate physical pain and emotional distress. My belief is that you cannot treat one without treating the other.

Karen is Licensed Independent Social Worker and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor with a practice in Columbus, Ohio. For more information on her services please contact her at (614) 728-7790. 

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Karen Waugh
3805 North High Street, Suite 310
Columbus, OH 43214
Michael O'Leary
Michael O'Leary
Columbus, OH 43214

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

My training is in marriage and family therapy, so a great deal of my work is based in systems theory. I also utilize Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT - also known as Mindfulness), elements of EMDR, and incorporate art and music where appropriate (I have played and written music for over 20 years). I specialize in couple and family therapy, obviously, but also focus a great deal on anxiety, trauma recovery, and mood disorders.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards positive change in their lives. The proper fit between client and therapist is also a good indicator of whether (that particular) therapy is right for them. The client needs to feel safe enough to share, and they need to be able to trust their therapist enough to hear their objective feedback and then be willing to "take it home" with them and apply it in their day-to-day lives. A cheesy joke, if you will: How many therapists does it take to screw in a light bulb? Only one, but the light bulb really has to want to change.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and his/her specific goals. During therapy sessions, it is standard to talk about the primary issues and concerns in your life; however, when it serves the client, alternative forms of expression – music, art, guided meditation, etc. – can be effective and powerful techniques. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts approximately 50 minutes. Sometimes, individuals who are going through a particularly difficult challenge may request more time per session or more than one session per week. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. Often, certain actions are recommended for outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. Between sessions, it is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life. For therapy to be most effective, it is important to work at your own pace, but to be as active as possible in treatment.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

One of my strongest therapeutic assets is the sincere passion and interest I have for my clients and their unique stories. Through meeting you exactly where my clients are, I can help them pinpoint problem areas, find and aim for their goals, and help to enhance their quality of life. I also take pride in knowing a little bit about a wide array of subjects, so I can relate to many different people in many different ways.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

I believe the two are very closely connected. A few years ago, I read a statistic that estimated upwards of 70% of people with bipolar disorder self-medicated with alcohol or other drugs. To varying degrees, I have seen this self-medicating trend with other mental health disorders. In my experience, substance abuse serves as a catalyst to deal with the underlying issues that cause them to use and abuse these substances. Except in cases of addiction, prioritizing the treatment of the mental health issue has been effective in curbing unhealthy patterns of substance use.

Michael is an Independent Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a practice in Columbus, Ohio. For more information on his services please contact him at (614) 935-7748. 

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Michael O'Leary
4041 N. High St., Suite 300B
Columbus, OH 43214
Rick Carter
Rick Carter
Columbus, OH 43206

What therapy approach(es) do you utilize? What issues do you specify treatment for?

I OFTEN USE CBT AND SOLUTION-FOCUSED THERAPY. I ALSO SPEND SOME TIME WITH PSYCHODYNAMIC IN ORDER TO GET AN UNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE FAMILY DYNAMICS THAT THE CLIENT GREW UP IN AND HOW THIS HAS SHAPED HIS OR HER WORLDVIEW, DEVELOPED POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE COPING SKILLS AND BEHAVIORS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN USED TO COPE AS A CHILD BUT ARE NOW BACKFIRING IN ADULTHOOD. ALSO, WHEN SUBSTANCE ABUSE IS ALSO AN ISSUE, FAMILY BACKGROUND AND FAMILY ROLES ARE PERTINENT IN UNCOVERING PATTERNS AND WAYS IN WHICH CLIENT AND FAMILY PERPETUATE/ENABLE ADDICTIONS.

How does one know if therapy is right for them?

ONE SHOULD TRY THE PROCESS FOR AT LEAST 6-12 SESSIONS TO SEE IF IT RESONATES WITH THEM. THERAPY IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. CLIENTS THAT TEND TO DO BEST IN THERAPY ARE AT A POINT IN THEIR LIVES WHERE THEY ARE WILLING TO OPEN UP AND EXPLORE SUPPRESSED FEELINGS, FAMILY SECRETS, ADDICTION SECRETS, SHADOW BEHAVIORS, UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIP PATTERNS, AND SO FORTH. THERAPY ONLY WORKS WELL WHEN A CLIENT IS REALLY COMMITTED TO THE PROCESS AND IS WILLING TO EXPLORE HIS OR HER FEELINGS/TRUTH IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT THAT IS BUILT OVER TIME AS THE THERAPEUTIC ALLIANCE IS FORMED AND STRENGTHENED.

What can one expect to gain from therapy?

SELF AWARENESS REGARDING A NUMBER OF TOPICS TO INCLUDE, NEGATIVE AND DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIORS, ADDICTIONS, DYSFUNCTIONAL RELATIONSHIP PATTERNS, A BETTER UNDERSTANDING ABOUT FAMILY OF ORIGIN AND HOW THOSE DYNAMICS SHAPED CLIENT'S CURRENT WORLDVIEW AND UNCONSCIOUS BEHAVIORS, IDEAS, BELIEFS AND DISTORTED THINKING. CLIENT WILL ALSO LEARN TO SELF EXAMINE AND BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE HEALTHY VS HEALTHY THINKING, RECOGNIZING DISTORTED THOUGHTS AND BLACK AND WHITE THINKING THAT THWARTS GROWTH AND UNDERMINES AND SABOTAGES RELATIONSHIPS, CAREER ASPIRATIONS AND OTHER GOALS CLIENT DESIRES. CLIENT WILL LEARN ABOUT RECOGNIZING TOXIC BEHAVIORS IN SELF AND OTHERS. CLIENT CAN LEARN TO IMPROVE SELF ESTEEM AND CONFIDENCE, MAKE ONE SELF HAPPY RATHER THAN LOOK OUTSIDE FOR FEELINGS OF SELF WORTH AND APPROVAL. CLIENT WILL UNDERSTAND THE NATURE OF RELATIONSHIPS AND HOW TO CIRCUMVENT PLACING TOO MANY BURDENS AND UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS ON OTHERS THAT WILL ONLY END IN DISAPPOINTMENT, FRUSTRATION AND CODEPENDENCY. CLIENT WILL ALSO LEARN HOW TO DETERMINE HOW SERIOUS ADDICTIVE BEHAVIORS ARE AND TOOLS FOR MANAGING ADDICTIONS TO INCLUDE THE HELP OF SUPPORT GROUPS NOT NECESSARILY GROUNDED IN 12 STEP DISEASE MODEL.

What is unique about you as a therapist?

I AM WILLING TO STATE THAT I AM AN OUT GAY MALE AND HAVE WORKED WITH SO MANY DIVERSE CLIENTS THAT ARE WILLING TO DO THE WORK. PEOPLE OF ALL SEXUAL ORIENTATIONS INHERENTLY KNOW THAT I AM NOT JUDGMENTAL IN MY APPROACH TO THERAPY. I ACCEPT WHERE ANYONE IS AT AND DO MY BEST TO HELP PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THEMSELVES AND LIVE AUTHENTIC LIVES. I HAVE WORKED IN SO MANY DIFFERENT CAPACITIES TO INCLUDE INPATIENT AND OUTPATIENT ADDICTION TREATMENT, SEX, ONLINE AND PORN ADDICTION, COUPLES COUNSELING (BOTH HETEROSEXUAL AND SAME SEX). I ALSO HAVE WORKED IN THE CORPORATE WORLD AND HAVE AN MBA SO I AM OFTEN ABLE TO ASSIST PEOPLE IN THE BUSINESS WORLD WITH MIDLIFE AND/OR CAREER TRANSITIONS. LIKE MANY THERAPISTS, I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT 12 STEPS ARE THE PATH FOR EVERYONE. I HAVE DONE EXTENSIVE RESEARCH THROUGH THE YEARS REGARDING VARIOUS APPROACHES TO TREATING ADDICTION TO INCLUDE HARM REDUCTION, ABSTAINING, CUTTING BACK AND SO FORTH. ULTIMATELY, I WORK WITH THE CLIENT TO HONESTLY EXPLORE WHERE HE OR SHE IS AT REGARDING AN ADDICTION POINTING OUT ANY INCONGRUENT THINKING AND/OR BEHAVIORS THAT DO NOT MATCH THE CLIENT'S GOALS. I DO NOT AUTOMATICALLY SEND PEOPLE OFF TO ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND THAT MOST PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN A LIFE LONG RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL PROGRAM. I RESPECT THE CLIENT'S NEEDS AND DO MY BEST TO BE DIRECT, WORK AT BREAKING DOWN DENIAL AND COLLABORATING ON A PATH FOR RECOVERY THAT FITS THE CLIENT'S OBJECTIVES. I AM NOT OPPOSED TO PEOPLE CHOOSING TO ATTEND ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS IF THEY FIND THAT IT WORKS FOR THEM AND THEY GET THE SUPPORT THEY NEED. I JUST REMIND THEM THAT AA IS A LIFE TIME COMMITMENT AND THE PROGRAM HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 1935. ADDITIONALLY, ONE MUST BELIEVE IN THE DISEASE MODEL (LOTS OF PROFESSIONAL AND SCIENTIFIC CONTROVERSY AROUND DISEASE VS BEHAVIOR/HABIT) AND BE WILLING TO UTILIZE SPIRITUAL/RELIGIOUS PRACTICES (12 STEPS) AND TURN THEIR ADDICTION OVER TO A HIGHER POWER. IN MY OPINION, EACH PERSON MUST MAKE THEIR OWN CHOICES REGARDING THEIR TREATMENT AND SHOULD DO DUE DILIGENCE PRIOR TO JUST JUMPING INTO SOMETHING WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE AND AWARENESS. I AM ALSO A VERY DIRECT AND INTERACTIVE THERAPIST THAT IS NOT TRADITIONALLY LIKE FREUD WHO WOULD MOSTLY LISTEN. I GIVE A LOT OF FEEDBACK AND HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse?

THEY ARE INTERTWINED AND CLIENTS OFTEN USE SUBSTANCES TO COVER UP DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, TRAUMA, POOR COPING SKILLS, LACK OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE/MANAGEMENT THAT WAS NOT TAUGHT TO THEM WHEN THEY WERE GROWING UP. CLIENTS OFTEN ARE UNAWARE THAT THEY ARE USING SUBSTANCES, DRUGS, PRESCRIPTION PILLS, SEX, PORN, OVER EATING, GAMBLING TO COVER UP "UNWANTED" AND SEEMINGLY INTOLERABLE FEELINGS. THERAPY CAN SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE ONE'S AWARENESS OF THE CONNECTION BETWEEN MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION AND PROVIDE EDUCATION, AWARENESS AND TOOLS FOR PROVIDING EFFICACY AND CHANGE IN THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO DO THE NECESSARY WORK TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES. IT TAKES TIME THOUGH. SOME CLIENTS COME IN AND WANT TO BE FIXED IN 6 SESSIONS WHICH IS A CULTURAL NORM IN OUR FAST-PACED QUICK-FIX SOCIETY THAT WANTS IMMEDIATE GRATIFICATION WHICH IS HOW ADDICTION BEGINS AND GROWS TO BEGIN WITH. PEOPLE WANT IMMEDIATE RELIEF FROM PAIN AND UNWANTED FEELINGS WHICH IS NATURAL UNTIL ONE REALIZES THAT HIS OR HER LIFE IS DESTRUCTING AT AN ACCELERATED PACE.

Rick is a Marriage and Family Therapist with a practice in Columbus, Ohio. For more information on his services please contact him at (614) 610-1130. 

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Rick Carter
1016 S High Street 2nd Floor German Village
Columbus, OH 43206
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