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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
Counseling is a fee for service program and Urban Wellness accepts all major forms of payment.
Initial sessions cost $190 and each follow-up session costs $165 and we recommend at least an 8-week commitment.
Urban Wellness accepts insurance and offer 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.
You are capable of getting out of bed and facing the day without panicking. It is possible to accept the unknown about your life and move forward while feeling like you will be ok even if something bad does happen. You will be able to experience new situations without feeling terrified that something will be out of your control.
It’s true your anxiety has made you question your ability to live a full life, but that does not mean
you cannot start to get a handle on the things that shut you down. Urban Wellness can help.
Schedule your first appointment. For follow up appointments (existing clients), please contact your therapist at 773-774-4444.
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.
Regardless of the cause, experiencing anxiety in your life can be debilitating. Maybe you’re feeling reluctance to leave your house or engage in social situations. Or your heart races every time you drive past the scene of an accident. Or you might find yourself continuing to think about what-if situations even when they are very unlikely. We can help–this is a safe place. Urban Wellness’ anxiety focused therapists can provide you with the help and space you need to begin to navigate through anything that causes you to worry.