Are You Struggling with an Addiction?
With Rebecca Inman
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Addiction wears many hats. While the more common forms of addiction are substance abuse such as alcohol, opioids, or even marijuana, there are other forms of addictions.
Addiction can take the form of pornography, gambling, food and even the internet. Individuals can also have more than one addiction. If you are struggling with an addiction, please do not feel shame in your struggles. Reach out and talk with a professional counselor who can help you with your addictions.
We work with many individuals who are struggling with their addictions and help them to build a support system and to overcome the underlying conditions that are associated.
Our office is warm and friendly. We are located in Vero Beach, Florida.
Is addictions a disease? E.M. Jellinek published a peer-review article almost 50 years ago outlining his theory entitled The Disease Concept of Alcoholism. This is also known as the medical model. It is a theory that is widely accepted; however, addiction and alcoholism are still poorly understood. The medical model does allow for clinicians and hospitals to bill insurance carriers for treatment. Without the ability to bill for services, many individuals who suffer from addiction and alcoholism would never be able to get help. The medical model is only a theory. Scientific studies have yet to prove that addiction is a disease any more than they haven’t been able to prove that it isn’t a disease. Clinicians can also separate the behaviors of an individual from substance. What other underlying factors need to be considered when working with individuals who do not have the ability to curtail their addiction on their own?
Does the addicted person have what clinicians refer to as an ACE, or Adverse Childhood Experience? Did their mother abuse alcohol or other substances while pregnant? What other stressors are in their life? What biological, social and psychological factors should the clinician consider when working with and diagnosing an individual who suffers from addictions? Addictive behavior varies considerably, which may be one of the reasons why addictions is so poorly misunderstood. Individuals can also have co-occurring addictions. In fact, we often see co-occurring disorders in our office.
A book by Gene M. Heyman of Harvard University, entitled Addiction: A Disorder of Choice, outlines a different theory on addictions. In his book, Heyman argues that similar to dieters who are successful, or not successful, alcohol and addiction is about choices, which is influenced by preferences and goals. This is where it gets a little tricky. If addiction is a matter of choice and motivation, where does someone learn the tools associated with healthy choices? What if an individual never had the opportunity to be associated with healthy individuals who supported cultural values and information that led to a rational and healthy life? Consuming too much of anything is not good for the human soul and body. Heyman lays out a scientific argument that addiction is a choice and not a disease.
The cravings of addicts are real. So is their support system and ideology. What if an addict’s support system supported consuming too much of either alcohol, drugs, or even both? What are the chances of an addict breaking free from their addiction? There are many factors that are associated with addiction. If you are consuming or engaging in too much of anything to the point that your life is out of control, then you are an addict. There are many things to consider when working with clients who have an addiction. We understand that becoming addicted did not happen overnight, and while no one wants to hear that becoming sober or changing your behaviors will not happen overnight either, it is the reality of addictions.
Rebecca Inman offers addictions counseling to those who need help regaining control of their emotions and life. We are also Supreme Court Family Mediators. Contact our office at 772.742.2020 to speak with a counselor.
Frequently asked questions
We do not accept any insurance at this time. We will most likely never accept insurance due to the information that is reported to the MIB or Medical Information Bureau. We also do not want to have our counseling sessions dictated by an insurance carrier.
Our fees vary and begin at $80 per 50-minute session for individual therapy. Couple’s counseling is $100 per 50-minute session, and Family Mediation is $175 per hour. We accept cash, check and all major credit cards.
Our office hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 to 5:00. We do not have any weekend hours. Counseling is available through an online HIPAA compliant portal. Counseling cannot be done through texting or email.
As a faith-based counselor, we encourage our clients to share their specific faith and religion. We tell our clients that we want them to be comfortable and to feel welcomed. We offer faith-based counseling as well as traditional counseling for individuals who are either agnostic, indifferent or struggling with their religious views.