Most everyone has a natural urge to blow off steam. But, sometimes the choices you make in order to relax aren’t the healthiest or most beneficial.

You never thought you’d be the person to have a substance problem. Drugs or alcohol were tools to help you kick your feet up and shed the stress of the day.

You’d get home from work, have a glass of wine or a little pot and just be until you were ready to tackle the second shift at home. Yet, somewhere along the way, one drink turned into five and it began to seem like you couldn’t get through the day unless you had your substance. You saw how much of your mental energy was devoted to thinking about getting drunk or high and you started to think maybe you could have a problem.

So now you’re focusing your energy on staying sober.

Most of the time you’re able to keep yourself from using. But there are still people and places that trigger you, and sometimes your sobriety feels like it is on shaky ground.

It’s important to you to figure out a way to cope with stress without drugs or alcohol, but when you stay clean, you get really irritable. Your family and friends have also mentioned that you seem a lot clearer since you decided to get sober and you want to keep your relationship with them healthy and strong.

You’re at the point where you’re ready to live a life without relying on substances.

When You Come to Urban Wellness for Help with Substance Abuse

  • You will feel a sureness about your sobriety
  • You will learn better ways to cope with a demanding life that don’t involve using substances
  • You will become aware of the emotions underneath your substance use such as shame or hurt and address them at the source
  • You will feel more connected to others in your life because you will keep your addiction from getting in the way of your relationships

Who Benefits Most from Addiction Therapy

Substance Abuse counseling is best for those who understand how drugs and alcohol are negatively impacting them and want to stop using altogether. Addiction Therapy helps you understand whatever is underneath your desire to use start establishing your sobriety from the inside out.

You will benefit from addiction counseling if:

  • You have recently left an inpatient treatment facility and want support staying sober now that you are home
  • Your occasional drug or alcohol use has become more frequent and it starting to feel like a necessity to your life
  • Your friends and loved ones have started commenting about your drinking or mention that you don’t seem like yourself

There are certain situations where you might not be ready for outpatient counseling sessions with Urban Wellness. These situations include, but are not limited to:

  • Instances of severe mental illness
  • The need for inpatient addiction treatment

If you are currently experiencing a severe mental illness, we recommend you seek outpatient services at a local program like Thresholds. If you require more intensive treatment, please seek out getting an evaluation at Lutheran General or Alexian Brother Behavioral Health Hospital, where they will evaluate you and provide you with referrals to a higher level of care treatment.


What The Addiction Counseling Process Looks Like

Addiction Counseling is intended to help you develop a plan, so you know how to cope and respond when you start to feel the need to use. Together, you and your therapist will strive to reduce your stress, isolation, and any other underlying emotions that make you reach for drugs or alcohol. You will discover healthy ways to deal when you are feeling moved by strong emotions.

You and your therapist will meet together weekly for 55-minute sessions. Therapy is best done with at least an 8-week commitment. We find that clients who cannot commit to at least 8 weekly sessions and meet less than weekly tend to have more difficulty in establishing a relationship with their therapist and often spend their sessions recapping the previous weeks instead of focusing on forward movement. After 8 weekly sessions, you and your therapist can discuss the movement toward your treatment goals and whether reducing sessions to biweekly or terminating therapy is the next step.

Here’s what to expect:

WEEK ONE: Intake

During this initial session, you will meet with your therapist to define the counseling relationship and discuss the details of informed consent. Your therapist will gather information about you and your biological, psychological, and social history and how this is impacting your current situation. You will also discuss the goals you have going forward together.

WEEK TWO and Beyond: Substance Abuse Counseling

Together, in each subsequent session, you and your counselor will use evidenced-based therapy to help you work through your substance use concerns or remain sober.

Each session is designed to discover how your addiction issues are impacting your health (mental and physical), happiness, and relationships. Together, you and your counselor will work to gain insight into your patterns with drugs and alcohol, so you can begin to break them and rebuild healthier ones.

Therapists at Urban Wellness focus on providing a safe space for you to process and discuss the things that prevent you from either staying sober or managing the triggers to your substance use. With their help, you can work to reduce your urges to drink or do drugs.

TERMINATION: 1-2 Final Sessions

In your final sessions, you will review your goals to ensure you are satisfied with your counseling experience and that the work with your therapist has met your expectations. You will also outline a plan going forward so that you are able to retain what you and your counselor have worked on together and implement all you have learned outside of session.

More About Urban Wellness

Urban Wellness Helps the Members of Our Community Thrive.

Our practice is designed to meet the needs of everyone in our community by offering a variety of counselors with diverse backgrounds and specialties. Our counselors vary in their expertise, working with clients across the lifespan with a wide range of issues and it is our goal to find the therapist that is the right fit for you and your loved ones. We are constantly growing our specialties through education and supervision so that we can continue to help our clients and provide therapy for the whole family.

No matter the underlying reasons, allowing your addictions to grow or not maintaining your treatment can impact your life negatively. Perhaps you feel like you have your substance use mostly under control. Or maybe it’s to the point where it’s starting to take a toll on how you function and relate to others.  We can help–this is a safe place. Urban Wellness’ addiction therapists can provide you with the help and space you need to begin to solidify your sobriety.

What Will I Pay for Substance Abuse Counseling

Addiction Counseling is a fee for service program and Urban Wellness accepts all major forms of payment.

Initial sessions cost $170 and each follow-up session costs $145 and we recommend at least an 8-week commitment.

Urban Wellness accepts insurance and offers in network and out of network benefits. We accept BCBS PPO, Humana, and United Healthcare insurances, at their contracted rates. For your convenience, we will do a benefit check on your behalf and notify you of our in network or out of network benefits. Copays, deductibles or any out of pocket costs are due at the time of service.

Your Next Steps

You absolutely can intervene in your life and make a difference. It is completely possible to regain control over how substances are impacting your mood and your relationships. You will be able to find new ways to cope with stress and relax that don’t contribute to your developing addiction.

It may feel like a challenge now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t understand your tendency to reach for substances and replace the urge with something healthier. You will have the coping skills to recognize the signs of your addiction and to keep it from taking over your life. You’ll be able to blow off steam in ways that maintain your sobriety. Ultimately, you’ll find ways to make better decisions that lead to a higher quality of life. Urban Wellness can help. Call +1 (773) 774-4444×0 or email to schedule your session today.