Substance Abuse Treatment

Substance Abuse Treatment offered in Ithaca, Orchard Park, Saratoga Springs and Binghamton, NY

Substance Abuse

By the time you realize you're addicted to alcohol or drugs, the substance likely has a tight grip on your brain and body. It may feel impossible to break the habit without supportive treatment, and yet asking for help feels equally impossible. The caring teams at Whole Wellness Counseling, located in Ithaca, Orchard Park, Binghamton, and Saratoga Springs, New York, specialize in private and professional substance use treatment that supports your healing and recovery and helps you learn to manage the issues that could sabotage your long-term well-being. Don't wait to connect and begin your recovery journey. Request an appointment online to learn about private addiction treatment at Whole Wellness Counseling.

Substance Abuse Q&A

Why do I need substance abuse treatment?

Many illegal and legal substances cause addiction because of the way they affect your brain. Some of the most common addictive substances include:

  • Alcohol
  • Barbiturates (tranquilizers)
  • Cannabis
  • Hallucinogens (LSD, PCP, ketamine, ecstasy)
  • Inhalants
  • Opioids (heroin, fentanyl, oxycodone)
  • Sedatives
  • Hypnotics
  • Anxiolytics
  • Stimulants (methamphetamines, cocaine)
  • Tobacco

When you take these substances, your brain releases chemicals that ease pain, improve your mood, and make you feel euphoric (high). But with continued use, your brain changes.

What causes addiction or chronic substance abuse?

With substance abuse, over time, your brain starts craving the drugs you use and becomes accustomed to the amount you usually take. Then you need to take a higher dose to get the same results. Eventually, you will have withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop using. That’s when you have an addiction.

Once an addiction develops, breaking the habit without professional care is hard (if not impossible) and sometimes dangerous. The Whole Wellness Counseling team is here to help and guide you through recovery. 

How can professional care support my addiction treatment?

There are a variety of medications that can support your physical needs when freeing your brain and body from an addictive substance. But therapy builds the foundation for a long, successful recovery and helps you build a new, thriving life.

Therapy helps you identify and learn to manage the habits, emotions, and life challenges that tempt you to use alcohol or drugs. There is no “one true way” to end addiction. The idea that “one size fits all” can be harmful and even deadly in some cases. At Whole Wellness Counseling, we include and celebrate all positive change and recovery experiences. 

Substance abuse and mental health disorders frequently occur together. Your therapist may diagnose and treat other mental health challenges you may be experiencing alongside a substance use disorder. At Whole Wellness Counseling, the team focuses on the whole person, offering nutritional and health coaching to help you achieve physical, social, and spiritual well-being. 

If you need help with alcohol or drug abuse, call Whole Wellness Counseling or use online booking to request an appointment today.