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Dr. Hatem Hamed Suboxone Treatment in Metairie

I have been doing consulting work with Dr. Hatem Hamed in Metairie, LA as part of a team that treats opiate addiction by using Suboxone. There has been a lot of debate about the effectiveness of Suboxone as a treatment, yet I have found that it can be a very effective intervention to help someone suffering from opiate addiction to stabilize, and eventually wean down off the Suboxone. As part of the team, I do the initial Substance Abuse Evaluation, followed by monthly counseling sessions. The focus is to not only to treat the individual with a medical intervention, but also provide the emotional, psychological and spiritual support to move into a more stable and productive lifestyle. The clinic is called Advanced Medical Management. Each opiate addict that enters treatment, stabilizes and weans off of Suboxone is one more person moving into a productive, positive member of our community. For more information, you can call Advanced Medical Management at 504-837-5244.

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Online Substance Abuse Evaluation in Louisiana

Online Substance Abuse Evaluation in Louisiana

Do you need a Substance Abuse Evaluation for court because of a DUI, Custody Dispute or some other legal situation? Do you live in a place in Louisiana where it is difficult to travel to the bigger cities to get an evaluation completed? We may be able to assist you with a Substance Abuse Evaluation via the internet; FaceTime, Skype or some other face to face communication. We have been providing Substance Abuse Evaluations for people in Louisiana for over 25 years, and we may be able to assist you to complete your evaluation by direct communication over the internet. Contact us today, and we can see if an Online Evaluation will meet you need. Call us at 225-290-7252 or email us at ds@ihaveavoice.com.

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Counseling in Baton Rouge

Counseling in Baton Rouge

We are accepting new patients for mental health counseling in the Baton Rouge area. We are conveniently located by Corporate Blvd and Jefferson Ave near Whole Foods, on Lobdell Ave. In our Individual Counseling, we often assist people work through issues of depression, anxiety, anger problems, relationship difficulties and other problems. We also specialize in Marriage Counseling, assisting couples work through communication difficulties, infidelity, growing apart and general stress management.

Whether you live in Baton Rouge, or the surrounding area such as Prairieville, Walker, Denham Springs, Central, Plaquamine or Gonzales, we are happy to assist you in your counseling needs. Feel free to contact us today for more information at 225-290-7252 or ds@ihaveavoice.com.

Dean Sunseri, LPC has been a Professional Counselor for over 25 years, specializing in individual counseling, marriage counseling, substance abuse counseling and sports performance counseling.

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DUI Evaluation in Gonzales

DUI Evaluation in Gonzales

Do you need a DUI Evaluation and you live in the Gonzales, LA area? We have 25 years experience in substance abuse evaluations, and can often complete the evaluation with 24 hours. You simply need to call us at 225-290-7252, set up an appointment, and come in for a 1 hour interview. We will complete a 4-6 page report, with the appropriate recommendations. We can send a copy to yourself, your attorney, the court, probation officer, or whomever else needs a copy of the evaluation. Call us today, and we will be happy to assist you with the Substance Abuse Evaluation, 225-290-7252.

Dean Sunseri, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Louisiana with over 25 years experience in Substance Abuse Assessments, Evaluations, Counseling and Treatment.

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DUI Evaluation in New Orleans

DUI Evaluation in New Orleans

Do you need a DUI Evaluation and you live in the New Orleans area? We have 25 years experience in substance abuse evaluations, and can often complete the evaluation with 24 hours. You simply need to call us at 225-290-7252, set up an appointment, and come in for a 1 hour interview. We will complete a 4-6 page report, with the appropriate recommendations. We can send a copy to yourself, your attorney, the court, probation officer, or whomever else needs a copy of the evaluation. Call us today, and we will be happy to assist you with the Substance Abuse Evaluation, 225-290-7252.

Dean Sunseri, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Louisiana with over 25 years experience in Substance Abuse Assessments, Evaluations, Counseling and Treatment.

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DUI Evaluation in Baton Rouge

DUI Evaluation in Baton Rouge

Do you need a DUI Evaluation and you live in the Baton Rouge area? We have 25 years experience in substance abuse evaluations, and can often complete the evaluation with 24 hours. You simply need to call us at 225-290-7252, set up an appointment, and come in for a 1 hour interview. We will complete a 4-6 page report, with the appropriate recommendations. We can send a copy to yourself, your attorney, the court, probation officer, or whomever else needs a copy of the evaluation. Call us today, and we will be happy to assist you with the Substance Abuse Evaluation, 225-290-7252.

Dean Sunseri, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Louisiana with over 25 years experience in Substance Abuse Assessments, Evaluations, Counseling and Treatment.

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Suboxone Treatment in the New Orleans Region

Suboxone Treatment in the New Orleans Region

I am doing some consulting work with Dr. Hatem Hamed of Advanced Medical Management in Metairie, LA. 504-837-5244. There are so many people in our region suffering with opiate prescription drug addiction and heroin addiction. Suboxone treatment has been proven to be a very effective step in assisting the opiate addict to move towards a drug free life. Basically, a person addicted to opiates can get on Suboxone, stabilize their life, and begin to slowly get off of Suboxone, until he or she in off. I provide the psychological and emotional support to assist in this process. By having a team that includes a medical doctor and a counselor trained in treating addiction, the chances of moving to a lifestyle free of opiates increases significantly. If you know someone suffering with an opiate addiction in the New Orleans region, please have them call 504-837-5244 today or visit Suboxone Treatment Metairie.

Dean Sunseri is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been treating addiction for over 25 years. His website is www.ihaveavoice.com

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Baton Rouge Flood 2016

Thoughts on the Baton Rouge Flood 2016

We have served the people of Baton Rouge and the surrounding area for many years, and know so many people that have been impacted by the devastating flood of the last few days. Naturally, my first concern was the welfare of my family and property, and we dodged a bullet, surrounded by water, yet it did not damage any of our property. Quickly, my thoughts and prayers turned towards those friends and clients who were directly impacted by the flood.  First, I want to say, I am so sorry for your loss. It seems like a triage, first concerned about life, next home, next possessions, next business impact on down the line. The fact is everyone is effected in some way, yet some more than others. Whatever loss you experienced, I want you to know that you will get through.

I have noticed that there are two ways to get through tragedy and loss. One is by yourself, denying the truth of your heart, isolated from both other people and God. The result is bitterness, anger, chronic resentment and chronic anxiety. The other way is leaning heavily on the Lord, and having an honest voice with those around you who love you. Honestly working out your heart with loved ones, and laying out your emotions on the altar before God is so important. The result of this second way is healing, peace, strength and connection. May you embrace this second way!

Ultimately, it is not what you experience, but how you handle what you experience that makes all the differenc. Whatever impact the Baton Rouge Flood of 2016 has had on you, I say to you, I am sorry for your loss. I also say, have a voice with loved ones, and work out your bigger questions with the Lord. May his Peace, the atmosphere of Heaven, be released over you now! Amen

Dean Sunseri is a Licensed Professional Counselor who serves the people of Baton Rouge, Gonzales and New Orleans.

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Teenage Mental Health & Substance Abuse

A recent study came out that described some facts and trends for teenagers the last 6 years regarding mental health and substance abuse.  Here are some of the findings.

Five areas where things got better for teenagers from 2008 to 2014:

1. Drug abuse and alcohol abuse. Teen drug and alcohol dependence or abuse dropped from 8% to 5 %, according to information from National Survey on Drug Use and Health. This is the number of teenagers with serious addiction issues disrupting their lives, not the number who reported using. If these numbers seem low, it’s because they are using the strict standard of addition/dependence.

By way of comparison, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that in 2104 13.8% of underage respondents had engaged in binge drinking, which is defined as “drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion on at least one day in the last 30 days.” And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in the year 2013 1 in 5 high school seniors reported engaging in “binge drinking” at least once in the past two weeks.

2. Child and teen deaths. Child and teen deaths per 100,000 dropped from 29 to 24. The most deadly states were Louisiana and Mississippi. The safest were Connecticut and Rhode Island. Accidents, homicide and suicide combined made up 73% of teen deaths aged 15 to 19.

The good news is that homicides and accidents are down dramatically. The bad news is that suicide is up, especially for teenage girls aged 15-19. Three times as many boys commit suicide as girls, but from 1999 to 2014 female teen suicides jumped 56%, according to CDC data compiled by the Population Reference Bureau.

3. Teen births. Teen births per 1,000 dropped from 40 to 24, falling impressively among all demographic groups. African-American teen births fell nearly in half, from 60 to 35. Hispanic teens saw a similar drop, while Caucasians dropped from 26 to 17. Asian teen births dropped from 14 to 8. The lowest teen birth rates were in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, the highest was in Arkansas.

Those concerned that low teen birth rates means more abortions can exhale. Teen abortion rates have fallen steadily and by 2010, the most recent year available, had reached the lowest rates since abortion became legal. In 1990, the teen abortion rate was 40.3 per 1,000 women, and in 2010 it had fallen to 16.3 per 1,000 woman, according to National Center of Health Statistics data.

Pew Research Center reports a number of possible causes for the decline, which was sharpest among the minority groups. In addition to better education and contraception, of note is the fact that teens are reporting lower levels of sexual activity. The percentage of teen girls reporting they had ever had sex fell from 51% in 1988 to 44% in 2013.

4. Health insurance. Children without health insurance dropped from 10% to 6%. Some of the worst-performing states overall did well on this measure. Surprisingly, these included states some states that performed poorly on most other measures. Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas, for example, rejected the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare but still got their uninsured percentage below the national average, according to Kaiser Family Foundation data. (Arkansas just expanded Medicaid in April, after this data was collected.)

Dean Sunseri is a Licensed Professional Counseling servicing the Baton Rouge, Gonzales and New Orleans area.

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General Questions about our Counseling Services

What type of counseling do you offer?

We offer individual counseling, marriage counseling, family counseling, substance abuse counseling and evaluations.

Where are your locations?

We have offices in Baton Rouge, Gonzales and New Orleans.

Do you have counseling after standard business hours?

In general, our services are available during the standard business day, yet we do have some after hours appointments available.

Do you take insurance?

We do not take insurance. Our clients pay our hourly fees by cash, check or credit card. The rate depends on which counselor that you see.

How long are your sessions?

Typically, the first session is an hour and a half, and follow up sessions are usually an hour.

How long is the process?

This depends on the depth of the problem, yet most client come to between 4-10 sessions, and sometimes move to a maintenance phase after the initial sessions.

We are happy to serve you, and feel free to contact us to schedule a counseling appointment.

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