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ADDICTION TREATMENT CENTERS IN BELLINGHAM, WASHINGTON

There are about 3,241 people who use marijuana, 1,419 users of prescription drugs, 531 addicted to cocaine, 241 resorting to usage of hallucinogens, 135 using inhalants and 30 addicted to heroin according to statistics in Bellingham, Washington. The abuse of drugs and alcohol is rampant and poses a serious problem to authorities and citizens of Bellingham. Methamphetamine is the primary drug of abuse. Alarming rise in the abuse of prescription drugs or pain relievers’ is another serious problem not only in Washington but also in the whole of US. The rate of deaths due to drug abuse has undergone a significant rise almost double those in recent years. The year 2008 witnessed about 14,800 deaths due to overdose of narcotic pain relievers. In 2009, prescription drug abuse accounted for over a million visits to the emergency department in Washington. The same year witnessed an excess of 4 million methadone prescriptions to relieve pain.

Is there anyone you know who is suffering from addiction to drugs or alcohol? Then you can access our website which carries details of the various Bellingham drug rehab centers. Our website carries vital information along with the statistics of recovery which will help you take an informed decision to enroll for the best treatment program available.
BELLINGHAM, WA REHAB CENTERS AND ADDICTION TREATMENT
Bellingham, WA 98225
Bellingham, WA 98225
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WHAT THERAPISTS IN BELLINGHAM HAVE TO SAY
Claire Mannino
Claire Mannino
Bellingham, WA 98225

As a mental health professional, what types of services do you offer?

I specialize in working with queer individuals and with sexuality and gender identity issues. I provide a nonjudgemental space for people to confront, process, or just to speak about some of the difficult topics that may be troubling them. I employ many different counseling techniques, theories, and modalities, depending on what each client brings to session. People learn and grow in many different ways. I try to assess how best to meet each client where they are currently at and help them grow ,learn, change, or raise awareness in the most effective and positive way. Many times our problems as human beings are intertwined. As such, I end up working with addiction quite often, be it drugs, alcohol, or love/relationship addiction that is disrupting the lives of my clients. When working with addiction, a combination of 12 step processes, cognitive behavioral therapy, and deeper work to discover the root or underlying reasons for the addiction, has been very effective with many of my clients. I ask what is this addiction doing for you, what need is it fulfilling, and how can we begin to find other ways to create fulfillment and feelings of control and mastery in your life?

When should one seek treatment?

Most people can benefit from counseling at some point in their lives. However, it can be difficult to know when you should reach out for help. Generally one should seek help right away when they are feeling suicidal or engaging in behaviors that are dangerous or risky. Another red flag for seeking counseling is when you are feeling not yourself, whether that be related to feelings of sadness, anger, despair, mood swings, or identity confusion. Disruptions in daily life based on mal-adaptive thoughts and/or behaviors are also a great cue to get some help. Additionally it can be extremely helpful to seek counseling when one has experienced a loss or difficult transition, during or after relationship problems, and definitely for individuals with any sort of trauma in their history. Counseling is also often used as a way to grow and heal even when there is no identifiable "problem" to be found. 

Since addiction has very strong ties to mental health, counseling is often necessary to help people during their recovery process and even in active addiction. Addicts often will not seek help on their own. Frequently they are mandated by a court to get help, or given an ultimatum by loved ones when the threat of divorce or some other loss is present. Even though an addict may know they have a problem, they may not be ready yet to seek the help of a counselor or treatment facility. They may not have gained enough "evidence" that they cannot stop on their own, that they are truly powerless where their addiction is concerned. Many addicts seek help only when they can no longer reconcile the conflict between their values and moral beliefs, and the way that they are living, things they are doing, thoughts and behaviors that occur while in their addiction. If you find that you are starting to feel a discrepancy between your values, beliefs, who you want to be and the way that you are living/the things you are actually doing/who you are becoming in your addiction, then it is probably a good idea to get an expert perspective on what may be going on with you. Addiction can be sneaky. In alcoholics anonymous they often have a plaque on the wall that simply says "Yet". This word is there to remind addicts when they say.."at least I haven't [fill in the blank]...". Seasoned alcoholics will say "at least I haven't [fill in the blank]...YET." The yet is added because addiction is such a slippery slope, and even though you may not have gotten to the point of prostitution, using needles, jail time, negatively affecting your family, using around children, etc., the process of addiction is one of continually lowering your standards until you no longer recognize the person that you have become. If you still find yourself saying "at least I haven't....." or "I would never...." then you may not be ready to accept the power of your addiction.....yet.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I aim to create a completely non-judgmental and relaxed setting in which my clients can be their true selves and explore things that may be embarrassing, confusing, and difficult. I believe in the healing power of having a place and person that you can completely trust and where you can let down your walls. We all go through life with a million thoughts racing through our heads all the time; messages about who we are, who we should be, what is right, what is wrong, what is "normal".  We are rarely given an opportunity to open up about what is really happening for us internally. My practice is a calm, relaxed, safe, comforting space for clients to speak, think, be, feel, heal, change, and grow. My counseling framework challenges social norms and ideals to find what works for each individual, couple, or family.

What relationship exists between mental health and substance abuse? What services do you provide for someone suffering from either and/or both?

Mental health and substance abuse are almost always intertwined. Addictive behaviors and substances serve a purpose for the addict. They help us cope, they stop us from having to process things that are unimaginable, they satiate our need for something that we cannot or do not know how to satiate in a healthy and adaptive way. They also cause further damage to our mental health, as the relief that is provided is not sustainable for the long term and may have adverse effects on functioning, self esteem, and our ability to cope in other ways. For relatively mentally healthy people who happen to stumble upon an addictive substance or behavior, perhaps through a friend, loved one or chance meeting, their mental health often suffers as their addiction progresses. I provide supportive counseling, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and relapse prevention planning for individuals in different stages of addiction. I encourage clients struggling with addiction to attend 12 step meetings or at least to seek out support from friends and family, as it has been shown to be vitally important during the recovery process. Many clients that I see are not addicts themselves, but have been affected in some way by addiction in its various forms. I also see people who have problems or goals that are completely unrelated to substance abuse or addiction and are seeking to positively affect their mental health in another way. My work with LGBTQ individuals, couples, and families often incorporates an examination of how their minority status and the various forms of oppression that exist in our society, may have affected them throughout their lives. I love working with people to help them on their journey of self discovery and self actualization.

Claire Mannino operates her  private practice in Bellingham, Washington. If you are interested in contacting Claire about his service, please call (253) 514-0525.

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Claire Mannino
1155 N. State St. Suite 322
Bellingham, WA 98225
Andrea Vincent
Andrea Vincent
Bellingham, WA 98225

What types of services do you offer?

I offer psychotherapy to adults, children, couples, and families. I offer crisis intervention, help solving problems, resource connections, stress and anger management, emotion regulation, improved communication, goal setting, addiction recovery, and more.

What therapy modalities do you use in your practice?

I am trained in therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral, Person Centered, and Solution Focused.

When should one seek treatment?

Most people can benefit from counseling at some point in their life whether it is help getting through a tough time or just having someone to talk to. If a person is feeling like they need some outside help or their life is feeling out of control, that is generally a good time to seek treatment.

Why should someone choose to come to your practice?

I am available and willing to help. I have experience working with people struggling with anxiety, depression, past trauma, addiction, relationship issues, and more severe mental health disorders.

What relationship exists between mental health and addiction? How do you approach dual diagnosis in your practice?

I believe that most addiction results from an unmet need in someone's life. People often do not know why they turn to addictive substances, but counseling can help a person to uncover those reasons and start to work towards meeting that need in a healthier manner. In counseling I encourage clients to be an active participant in their recovery and guide their sessions in a way that feels comfortable for them while also allowing them to grow.

Andrea Vincent is a Mental Health Counselor with offices in Bellingham and Mount Vernon, WA. For more information about Andrea’s services, call (360) 982-0660.
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Andrea Vincent
1300 W Holly St, Suite C-5
Bellingham, WA 98225
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