Addiction & Mental Health Frequently Asked Questions
What is substance use disorder (alcoholism/addiction)?
Addiction is a progressive and chronic disease that is characterized by a dependency on a substance or behavior. It is a complex, but treatable, disease that affects brain function and behavior. People who suffer from addiction or substance use disorder often experience a variety of individualized symptoms, but actions are typically characterized by impulses and cravings for the addicted behavior. If left untreated, addiction can result in disability or premature death. However, long-term recovery of addiction is possible with proper treatment and ongoing care.
Common types of addiction:
- Process Addictions (gambling, sex, internet, food, etc.)
What is a process addiction?
Process addictions differ from substance abuse because they cause a person to feel an uncontrollable compulsion to engage in an activity repeatedly, such as gambling, eating, sex, computer/video games, exercise, shopping, or work. Someone struggling with a process addiction often continues this damaging behavior at the expense of their relationships, physical and mental health, and financial well-being. We often see process addictions co-occurring with other substance abuse addictions. It is vital to address all addictions and harmful behaviors during the recovery process.
What is addiction recovery?
According to The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “Recovery from alcohol and drug problems is a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness and quality of life.” Being “in recovery” from addiction is a commitment to remain abstinent from substances or addictive behaviors. It is a lifestyle that can be maintained with proper treatment and care, a positive support system, and a healthy direction/purpose in life.
Why is the initial assessment so important?
The assessment is critical in identifying dysfunctional family dynamics, trauma, medical concerns, types of addictions, and a possible co-existing or dual diagnosis. All assessments are conducted by a skilled clinician, are used as the foundation for treatment recommendations and the individualized recovery plan.
What is a family intervention versus a professional intervention?
An intervention is, at the core, an individual or group that brings the love, concern, and knowledge necessary to break through the denial of addiction, which is a common symptom of substance use disorder. Very often with appropriate coaching, the individual and family (group) can reach this goal on their own. In some instances, because of family dynamics, legal or medical necessity, or other extenuating circumstances, a professional interventionist may be engaged. We can seamlessly provide our clients with those services when needed.
What treatment facilities do you recommend?
Treatment and facility recommendations are completely based on a client’s needs. We have traveled the country to learn about and vet a myriad of treatment facilities. Through these relationships, we are able to make the appropriate recommendations for each individual client. however. We are not owned or financially linked to any of the facilities that we recommend.
What is a Recovery Coach? How does it differ from a sponsor?
Recovery Coaches work closely with clients to provide support and accountability in their recovery while helping them to develop vital life skills. These skills can include establishing weekly goals around participation in a recovery program, developing a social support network, learning how to manage finances, demonstrating living skills, and working toward employment or going back to school.
All of our Recovery Coaches are in recovery themselves and are there to support, encourage, and direct clients in achieving their long-term recovery goals.
What are the costs of your services?
The costs of our services vary based on the client’s specific needs. Our services are private pay and are not covered by insurance. The service agreement implementing our program is designed to be the most expedient and comprehensive way to implement services quickly while creating the flexibility to tailor services to each individual client and their family. Call 248.538.5425 to have a confidential conversation with a trained professional and discuss the process and associated investment.
Why is it valuable to use case management services rather than doing it on your own?
Cost is always important when analyzing services. More significantly, it is important to analyze the cost of not utilizing services. Our services stem the tide of the cost of addiction: financially, emotionally, and spiritually. The cost of not taking the appropriate action necessary to improve long-term, quantifiable, and evidence-based recovery is never ending through continued addiction, relapse, and even death.
What if a client needs different services or has a dual diagnosis?
During the assessment process, if it is determined that the client’s needs are outside the scope of services that Feinberg Consulting can provide, we will make the most appropriate referral to a service provider that can best support the client in moving forward.