Motivational Enhancement Counseling
We recognize that there are stages in the change process, and not everyone is ready to take action to make changes in their lives when they come in for counseling. Motivational Enhancement Therapy is an evidenced-based practice that helps individuals reflect on the discrepancies between their goals for themselves and their present choices & behaviors. We work with individuals who recognize that abuse of alcohol or other drugs has led to problems in their lives but who have reservations about enrolling in a treatment program. We also work with families of individuals affected by self-destructive behaviors. Often family members are deeply invested in their loved one’s continued comfort, even if that means that family members and others actively rescue and enable unhealthy choices to continue. Motivational enhancement therapy with individuals who are actively abusing substances typically occurs over 4-8 sessions. Motivational enhancement therapy with family members begins with 3-4 sessions and may transition into ongoing therapy.
Co-Dependency Counseling for Family Members
Full Life counselors can work with families to help reduce rescuing and enabling behaviors and offer support for the family as their loved ones experience consequences from their unhealthy choices. Family members learn about the disease of addiction, how people feel motivated to make changes, and loving strategies for encouraging positive change without rescuing. Often family members experience great fear and confusion about how to take action to address substance abuse or other self-destructive behaviors. Conventional wisdom that “you have to wait for them to hit bottom” is powerful, yet families suffer greatly watching and waiting for that proverbial “bottom.” Full Life counselors can help family members know whether or not to prepare to take action and, if so, how and when to move towards intervening.
Mid-Recovery Counseling for Individuals
In the early months and for years to come, involvement with individual therapy can offer important support for individuals in recovery. We have to “live life on life’s terms,” which means that we have to be able to navigate through major life challenges, losses, stressors and even tragedy without succumbing to the temptation to return to self-destructive behaviors. Often individuals affected by addiction also have a mental health diagnosis. Having support managing symptoms of mood disorder or anxiety through counseling is often very helpful in managing recovery challenges more effectively.
Individuals who have experienced trauma in their lives that contributed to the development of addiction or other self-destructive behaviors may have been discouraged from addressing those issues in early recovery. Conventional wisdom often encourages the delay of therapy for such issues until sobriety is very stable and there is a lot of recovery support between sessions. We recommend that individual therapy occur once every 1-2 weeks in the initial stages of counseling then eventually taper to a maintenance schedule for as long as the individual chooses.
Food Addiction Counseling
It is possible to make peace with your body and learn to nurture your soul in ways that actually nourish. For most people, getting there involves healing not only the body, but also mind and spirit as well. At FLC, this process starts with self-exploration of the reasons we actually overeat and learning healthier behaviors around self-care. Other personal changes may include better sleep habits, more supportive and satisfying interpersonal relationships and a more life-giving spiritual life. For those of us who struggle with issues around food, it all starts with the awareness that something has to change. A richer, full-life is possible. Counseling, as well as support through recovery fellowships, can guide the way home.