Addiction Therapy

Hope Recovery Services, Inc

Alice Edwards, MS, LCDC, LPC I, MRT, LPPT

Substance Abuse Counselor located in Uptown Park, Houston, TX

Addiction is a disease that can harm your personal life, work performance, and mental and physical health. Alice Edwards, MS, LCDC, LPC I, MRT, LPPT, and the team of licensed professional counselors at Hope Recovery Services, Inc provide expert addiction therapy services to help you end your addiction struggles. Take the first step on your journey toward recovery today by calling the Houston office to schedule a confidential evaluation, or make an appointment online.

Addiction Therapy Q & A

What is addiction?

Addiction, also called substance abuse or substance use disorder, is a disease affecting the brain and body characterized by dependency on substances such as alcohol, prescription medications, or illegal drugs. Addiction causes changes in your brain chemistry that can lead to other mental health disorders; addiction can also cause severe physical health complications. 

Who is at risk for addiction?

People from all ethnic, social, and economic backgrounds develop a dependency on substance use. However, some factors can increase your risk of addiction, such as:

  • Genetics
  • Existing mental health conditions 
  • Using substances at a young age
  • Lack of parent or family involvement
  • Using highly addictive substances

Environmental factors, such as child abuse, domestic violence, and trauma, can also increase your risk of developing a substance use disorder.

What is addiction therapy?

Addiction therapy is a specialized form of counseling designed to help those who suffer from addiction to develop strategies that allow them to cope with difficult emotions and life situations, avoid substance-use triggers, manage substance cravings, and build personal support systems. 

Addiction therapy can also involve treatment for associated mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety. 

How does addiction therapy work?

Dr. Alice Edwards and the team at Hope Recovery Services are compassionate mental health professionals who are highly trained and experienced in a wide range of therapeutic techniques. 

The team uses a holistic, integrative approach to design personalized intensive and supportive outpatient programs based on your individual needs.

Typically, addiction therapy involves regular meetings between you and a qualified mental health professional as well as group meetings with other patients who are also recovering from addiction. 

Some of the techniques your Hope Recovery Services expert may use during your addiction therapy sessions include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Couples therapy
  • Family therapy

Because addiction is a chronic illness, recovery is a lifelong process. Continued support and relapse prevention counseling helps you successfully manage your disease. 

Moral recognition therapy, drug education, and other evidence-based techniques help you understand your desire to use substances so you can regain control over your life and personal relationships.

To schedule a confidential evaluation for addiction therapy with a licensed mental health professional at Hope Recovery Services, call the office, or make an appointment online today.