Stacy-Colleen is a certified Chemical Dependency Counselor (CCDC). She has been working with people affected by addiction and their families for 30 years. Addiction and co-addiction, codependency, being affected by someone’s addiction (Alanonism) can be treated successfully with the support of therapy to help with recovery and abstinence.
Individuals who suffer from substance abuse tend to be more successful in recovery when they are highly motivated to be in treatment, are actively engaged in their own recovery, and receive intensive treatment services. Prognosis for substance abuse recovery is further improved by being able to easily access community-based social supports.
SC works with partners, siblings and children of alcoholics and addicts on finding their own recovery and healing, whether the alcoholic or addict continues to depend on substances, as well as with neurodiverse and dually diagnosed clients. This can occur in individual, couple, or family therapy.
Community resources such as local 12 step meetings (AA, Alanon, SLAA, GA, OA, CODA, Women in Recovery, Sober Moms Squad), rehabs, sober living, detox centers, hospitals and residential treatment may be part of the recovery process. There is often more success if the client has the support of family and/or friends, but this is not required.
There is an increasing amount of information about alcohol, drugs, their use, symptoms of dependence and addiction, warning signs and new research. One site that can be useful is http://www.arcr.niaaa.nih.gov/arcr/alert.htm.