IS LACK OF ACCESSIBILITY TO A QUALIFIED COUNSELOR STANDING IN THE WAY OF YOU GETTING HELP?
Are you or a loved one struggling with alcohol and/or drug abuse or dependency? Do ongoing issues with relationships, job performance, legal problems, financial concerns and/or unfulfilled promises to cut back or quit have you questioning or even certain that use has turned into abuse and possibly addiction? Perhaps you’re considering drug and alcohol counseling, but your work schedule or other weekday time constraints don’t allow for ongoing weekly meetings with a drug and alcohol counselor during normal 9-5 business hours. Maybe you live in a rural community or have transportation or mobility issues and simply can’t make appointments that require traveling. Or, it might be that you travel often for work, have a high profile career, don’t want to explain where you disappear to for an hour every week and/or worry about people in the community learning that you’re seeking drug and alcohol treatment. Do you believe that you or a loved one could significantly benefit from drug and alcohol counseling, but the logistics of onsite counseling appointments seem overwhelming or even unmanageable?
Living with or loving someone with a drug and/or alcohol problem can be a confusing, frustrating and isolating experience. You might desperately want to cut down or quit—and stay quit—but factors that often seem out of your control keep you stuck in the vicious loop of abuse or addiction. It might be that you’ve become dependent on prescription drugs and know that you’re taking far too many far too often than prescribed for your pain. Or maybe what once was moderate alcohol use had turned into more and more drinks every night, and you’re starting to feel powerless to stop or even cut down for any significant period of time. It might be that you or a loved one has a drug problem that has gotten to the point where life is beginning to feel unmanageable when not high and out of control when under the influence. And, while you might know that it’s time to seek help, issues such as lack of time, mobility or transportation might have you putting off seeking the help and support that you know you need. Perhaps you’ve heard of online therapy and wonder if talking to a counselor online could work for you and/or your family.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE AND ONLINE COUNSELING CAN HELP YOU CONNECT
Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction are extremely common in our culture. Studies report that there are 20 million Americans over the age of 12 with drug addiction and 2.6 million drug addicts also struggle with alcohol dependence. Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance in America, affecting roughly 17 million people, although alcohol abuse and alcoholism often go untreated because of the legality and acceptance of alcohol in our society. Prescription drug abuse and addiction is also on the rise, with people prescribed these drugs forming an addiction and millions of others abusing them recreationally.
Although addiction is prevalent in today’s culture, there are millions of people struggling with drug and alcohol issues that don’t get the help and support they need. While some deny that a problem exists, others know better. They’d like to get and stay sober—or at least cut back and feel responsible in their use of prescription drugs, alcohol or even illicit drugs—but struggle time and time again to stay accountable to the promises they make to others and themselves. Breaking a pattern of drug or alcohol dependence can be difficult and oftentimes impossible to do without the proper guidance and support.
The good news is that if you or a loved one is struggling with chemical dependency yet can’t make in-office drug or alcohol counseling sessions, we can help. E-counseling through Kagey Family Counseling offers you access to a licensed, experienced drug and alcohol counselor, flexibility and a valuable counseling experience from the convenience and comfort of your home or office. And, research shows that working with a counselor online is as effective as traditional, in-person counseling sessions.
ONLINE COUNSELING PROVIDES YOU WITH THE SUPPORT, GUIDANCE AND FLEXIBILITY TO CREATE A NEW PATH FORWARD
Struggling with drug and alcohol abuse or addiction can be a painful and seemingly never-ending experience, but there is help available. A better way of living is possible and within your reach. And, while you might feel isolated in your addiction, you are far from alone. Issues related to chemical dependency impact tens of millions of people and their families every year. Although patterns of abuse can be hard to break and addiction difficult to beat, with proper support and guidance your chances of cutting back and/or getting and staying sober increase significantly. And now with the development of online counseling, you can get the help you need from your home or office.
In online addiction counseling sessions, your Kagey Family Counseling counselor will provide you with safety, compassionate support and the guidance and strategies that can help you take manageable, thoughtful steps toward change. Whether you’re looking for alcohol counseling, drug counseling or family counseling, you can learn the difference between use, abuse and addiction and figure out where you or a loved one falls on that spectrum. You can also explore the root causes and triggers that lead to excessive use and develop skills and tools you can draw from to keep you accountable to your goals even on the most challenging days. It can be difficult to navigate life in a new routine, especially if that includes total sobriety. However, by increasing self-awareness and identifying and building upon your innate strengths and resources, you truly can set and achieve the goals that are important to you and get your life back.
While we enjoy seeing clients at our Houston, TX offices, we’ve learned through years of treating drug and alcohol issues and offering support to families that issues of time, accessibility and convenience often keep people from getting the ongoing support they need. Now, using VSEE, an online counseling platform that operates much like Skype, we’re able to offer online counseling sessions in compliance with HIPPA standards. All the same confidentiality rules apply online as they do to in-office sessions, and VSEE is easy to use and can be accessed through a computer, iPad or smartphone.
Through online counseling you can get the help you need in a flexible, accessible way, which can make all the difference when busy schedules and time constraints too often get in the way. We are flexible in scheduling times, and can do early morning and evening sessions as needed. And, if you’re local to one of our offices, we can meet in person periodically as a supplement to online sessions.
Find Your Freedom
If you and your family are suffering from the impact of addiction, we can help. Addiction is a family disease, and everyone needs support and a safe space to heal. We will guide you by creating an addiction recovery strategy that’s personalized for you and your family. There is freedom from the pain and shame. Take a powerful first step - ask for help - and start your healing journey with us today.
I invite you to call our office at 832-928-0211 for a free 15-minute phone consultation. We’re happy to discuss your specific needs and answer any questions you have. We have offices in Houston, TX, and we provide online therapy and recovery coaching for anyone living outside the Houston area.