Getting Started

The Vital Questions

How to Evaluate the Need for Services:

  • Do you or your loved one have a problematic history of alcohol or drug use?
  • Is alcohol or drug abuse making your life unmanageable or causing problems within the family? (Problems may be financial, career, mental or physical)
  • Is there money being stolen?
  • Are there legal problems?
  • Not able to perform sexually?
  • Preoccupied with the thought of alcohol or other drugs?
  • Is there a denial of drug or alcohol problems even when evidence is substantial to support abuse?
  • Are you or your loved one absent from home for days?
  • Is there depression exhibited after alcohol or drug use?
  • Is there violence after alcohol or drug use, and blame being put on something else causing the anger?
  • Are there statements such as “You just want to control me” ?
  •  Are there poor grades and school problems after your child has been identified as having abused substances?


How to Choose the Right Counselor:

  • Does your child or loved one need a male or female counselor?
  • How does your child or loved one process information better? Are they more visual, auditory, or kinesthetic oriented?
  • Will your child do better in group, individual, family counseling, – or a combination of all?
  • Is your child or loved one more structured or options oriented in his or her thinking and personality?
  • Does your child or loved one need medication in conjunction with counseling?
  • Should you be made aware of the results of your loved one’s urine test results to see if there is progress?
  • What determines if my loved one needs inpatient versus outpatient counseling?

If you are seeking help or answers to any of these questions or concerns, please contact us by calling 732-721-3835 or emailing