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?