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Substance Abuse Resources

Substance Abuse Resources

If you known someone who struggles with drug or alcohol addiction, you are no stranger to the challenging road to recovery ahead of them. It is estimated that about 17.6 million Americans (1) struggle with alcohol abuse every year, and there are an average of 20 million illegal drug users every month. These numbers indicate that an alarming number of people need help, whether they require professional treatment, peer support groups, or just some information on the impact drug and alcohol abuse has on an individual.

The following is a list of resources with the intention of spreading awareness on this issue.

The Secrets to Assisting an Alcoholic Family Member or Friend
https://www.discoveryplace.info/secrets-helping-alcoholic-family-member-or-friend

Intervention: A Guide to Helping a Loved One Overcome Addiction
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mental-illness/in-depth/intervention/art-20047451

The Effects of Illegal Drugs on the Heart
https://www.acls.net/effects-of-drugs.htm

Beyond a Hangovers: Understanding Alcohol’s Impact on You
http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/Hangovers/beyondHangovers.htm

Teen Drug Evolution: A Resource Guide for Parents
https://www.lakeviewhealth.com/teen-drug-evolution-a-parents-resource-guide.php

Seeking Drug Abuse Treatment: What to Ask?
https://www.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/treatmentbrochure_web.pdf

5 Benefits of Sobriety
http://www.recovery.org/5-unexpected-benefits-of-sobriety/

I hope that these resources are beneficial to you.

Dean Sunseri is a Licensed Professional Counselor, specializing in Substance Abuse Counseling in Baton Rouge, Gonzales and New Orleans.

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Marriage Counseling and the 5 Love Languages

Marriage Counseling and the 5 Love Languages

Dr. Gary Chapman wrote a book many years ago on the 5 Love Languages, and it is basically a tool to identify how a person feels loved in a relationship.  He says there are five basic types of loving behaviors, and each person will prefer one type of loving behavior more than the other types of loving behaviors. He identifies the five types of loving behaviors as:

  1. Words of Affirmation
  2. Quality Time
  3. Receiving Gifts
  4. Acts of Service
  5. Physical Touch

He provides a good assessment to identify your dominant Love Language.  This is a very useful tool to assist a couple to learn how to express love to their partner in a way that the partner will be most receptive. In the process of Marriage Counseling, I like to use this tool when the couple is working on creating a positive momentum. This tool is very useful even if you are not going to Marriage Counseling. If you would like to take your own assessment of your dominant love language, you can do this free of charge at http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/. Give it a try, and enrich your relationship.

Dean Sunseri is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has specialized in Marriage Counseling. He has an office in Baton Rouge, Gonzales and New Orleans.

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How Does Counseling Work?

Sometimes a crisis or a problem comes up in you life, and you need to get help from a Counselor, yet you have no idea how it works. If you never have been to a professional counselor, it is normal for you to have some nervousness or anxiety about the process, so i want to help you understand the process. We have been providing Individual Counseling, Marriage Counseling and Family Counseling for over 25 years, and we now serve Baton Rouge, Gonzales and New Orleans. What is the process?

  1. First you call, and we discuss in general what is the problem that you are having, and we figure out if we can assist you with that particular problem.  For example, we have expertise in Substance Abuse, so we would easily help someone with this issue. If the problem was something outside our area of expertise, we would refer you to someone who could help you.
  2. We schedule an appointment, and in that first appointment, which is typically 90 minutes, we would get a clear idea about what the problem is. We would explain the method that we use to help you, and come up with a plan.  We may say, “I would like for you to attend 6 sessions to address A, B, and C, and reassess at that point if we have completed the work.”
  3. The follow up sessions are typically 60 minutes.  We usually give you tasks to work on between sessions such as reading assignments or behaviors to work on.
  4. After we complete the plan, we reassess if further counseling is needed.

Counseling is meant to be a temporary service, and you must understand that you are investing in your own well being. Investing in yourself, your own health, is a very wise investment.

If you live in the Baton Rouge area, Gonzales or New Orleans and you need individual counseling, marriage counseling or family counseling, we would welcome the opportunity to assist you.

Dean Sunseri, LPC & Associates are Professional Counselors in Baton Rouge, Gonzales and New Orleans, and we can be reached at 225-290-7252 or www.IHaveAVoice.com.

 

 

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