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The Help You Need to Break Addiction


The Help You Need to Break Addiction


Completing a rehabilitation program for alcohol or drug addiction is a big achievement that can’t be underestimated. Your journey, however, isn’t over after rehab. A lot of people who have taken the path you took have relapsed into substance abuse along the way.

Aftercare is a complementary or follow-up treatment for substance dependents after they complete an alcohol or drug rehabilitation program. It can make a difference in how well you avoid the pitfalls of relapse. It is usually built into any comprehensive rehab program, but you can also see an independent counselor or therapist near your home for aftercare.


Breaking the Enemy of Addiction

Currently, addiction experts recognize relapse as a major indicator of addiction. It is a powerful foe that you must not miscalculate. If you wish to break your addiction to a substance, know that “drug and alcohol rehab statistics show that the percentage of people who will relapse after a period of recovery ranges from 50% to 90%.” Though the statistic is disturbing, there are ways and options to increase your chance of continued sobriety. One way is to commit to a good-quality aftercare program.

Relapse doesn’t mean that the treatment you received during rehab has failed. Addiction is considered a chronic disorder that can recur even after recovery or remission. While relapse is common, it is avoidable. Recognizing the risk factors and avoiding the triggers that can contribute to your relapse is vital. Adhering to your drug relapse prevention program is essential. And finally, committing to quality aftercare near your home to sustain your effort is critical.


How Aftercare Can Help

Why is aftercare important in breaking addiction? Relapse is most likely to happen without proper intervention. Aftercare “refers to any subsequent interventions that follow the initial treatment. In the case of addiction treatment, it will often refer to the additional support that is given following release from the residential part of the program.” There are many approaches being utilized in aftercare. One of the most effective strategies is counseling.

A number of studies and surveys reveal that substance abusers or dependents are less likely to relapse if they can get professional support after rehab. This is because aftercare, particularly counseling, can sustain your motivation to stay clean or sober. The program usually offers skills, knowledge, and tools that help in overcoming addiction. You can also get support from your counselor when the going gets tough. Journeying along the path of recovery can be lonely. Having someone knowledgeable to support you is a blessing when struggling with addiction, for both you and your family.


Defeating the Complications with Counseling

Breaking addiction can be more challenging when there are complications, such as dual diagnosis. This means that your addiction is co-occurring with an emotional condition, such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder, so that the pull to relapse is even stronger. In these cases, the underlying condition has to be treated to make the treatment of addiction possible.

Another complication of addiction that you may experience is relationship issues. While you are struggling with the symptoms of addiction and the risk of relapse, your family may experience tension and helplessness because of your addiction. Since they can be your first line of support and defense against relapse, enlisting their support alongside that of your counselor is critical.

The co-occurrence of addiction and emotional conditions can create a lot of complications in a family. It may lead to problems with money and other health problems. You and your family may need to be educated about the risks faced by the other members, especially the children, in the vicious cycle of addiction. Developing a strong support system for the recovering member can be difficult when there are also children to care for. This is why in breaking addiction, “creating a healthy home environment for all members of the household is one of the crucial objectives of family aftercare,” says Dual Diagnosis.


Sustaining Gains and Staying Motivated with Counseling

With the high percentage of people who relapse, it is widely held that it is almost a normal or integral part of addiction recovery. Despite the odds, “addiction need not be a life sentence” or a lifetime burden for you and your loved ones. Modifying your behavior, perceptions, and lifestyle is crucial in minimizing the chance of relapse; you can survive the challenges better with help and healing support from an experienced, independent therapist contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC.

Though it is true that there is probability of relapse, it isn’t inevitable. You can escape it even on your first effort. Protect your gains made during rehab by embracing an aftercare focus with a therapist. If you are from North Carolina, an independent counselor contracted with Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC, could be your expert and supportive companion in this journey. Call us. Let’s talk about how we can work together to break your addiction and manage your other complicating issues.

Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC

Counties: Moore county, NC, Lee County, NC, Montgomery County, NC, Richmond County, NC, Randolph County, NC, Chatham County, NC

Cities: Southern Pines NC, Pinehurst NC, Aberdeen NC, Taylortown NC, Pinebluff NC, West End NC, Seven Lakes NC, Eagle Springs NC, Ashley Heights NC, Ashmont NC, Five Points NC, Wind Blow NC, Jackson Springs NC, Whispering Pines NC, Vass NC, Cameron NC, Carthage NC, Eastwood NC, Lakeview NC, Narrow Ridge NC, Robbins NC, Roseland NC, Tramway NC, Troy NC, Zion Grove NC, Biscoe NC

Confidential / Private Sessions

Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC contracts with Licensed professional counselors/therapists/psychologists who provide a friendly, caring, and relaxed atmosphere in the Southern Pines/Pinehurst/Aberdeen/Raeford area. These independently contracted therapists/counselors assist adult individuals, couples, families, and children with resolving issues and getting back to enjoying their lives. Whether you are non-military or military, the independently contracted therapists with Carolina Counseling Services – Southern Pines, NC are able and happy to assist you!

We are located at:

Carolina Counseling Services - Southern Pines, NC
780 NW Broad St. Suite 210
Southern Pines, NC 28387

Our Mailing Address:

PO BOX 9909
Fayetteville, NC 28311

How Do I Set Up my FIRST Appointment?

  • Call: (910) 725-6336 (Fastest way to schedule)
  • Text: (910) 308-3291 (Reply will be via phone)
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  • Appointment scheduling for NEW clients: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:15pm
  • New client appts may be scheduled when therapists have openings, which may include daytime, evenings and weekends.
  • Established/Standing Appointments are made directly with your therapist!
  • Referrals: MOST beneficiaries do NOT need a Referral!

Choose your Therapist

  • Kristin Vernon, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Children, Adolescents, Couples, Families, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem Issues, Grief and Loss, Communication Skills, Divorce, Adjustment Disorders, Mood Disorders, Coping Skills, Parenting, Family Conflict, Marital Conflict, Relationship Issues
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare, cash
    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Gretchen Montesanto, MA, LPC, NCC

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Teens, Individuals, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem Issues, Grief and Loss, Stress, LGBT, Adjustment Disorder, Motivation, Life Transitions, Mood Disorders, Military Spouses

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Southern Pines, NC
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare and Cash
    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Jaime J. Fitzpatrick MS, LPCS, LCAS

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adults, Families and Couples, Anxiety, PTSD, Trauma and Abuse Recovery, Depression, Military Life Issues, Adjustment Disorder, Relationship Issues, Marriage Counseling, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, Addictions, Emotional Disturbance, Coping Skills, Impulsivity, Grief and Loss, Self-Esteem
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare and Cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Kelly ErkenBrack, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Children, Teens, Adults, Couples and Families. Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders, Trauma, Adjustments and Life Transitions, ADHD, Behavioral Issues, Parenting, Relationship Concerns, Self Esteem
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare,  Tricare Prime/Select and Cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Pinehurst, NC and Southern Pines, NC
  • Kathryn Wiens, PsyD. HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adult, Individuals, Couples and Families.
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Tricare Prime/Select, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Pinehurst, NC and Southern Pines, NC
  • Tracy Goldberg, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Individuals, Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Children and Families. Attention Deficit, Oppositional Defiance, Behavioral Issues, Peer Relationships, Family Conflict, Depression, Anxiety, Parenting Anxiety, ADHD, Self-Esteem Issues, Family Conflict/Divorce, Marriage Counseling, Adjustment Disorders, Relationship Issues, Grief and Loss, Communication Skills, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Mood Disorders, Parent Skill Building, Christian Counseling upon request
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare, Cash, HRA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Southern Pines, NC
  • Robin Caswell, MSW, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 5+), Individuals, Adults, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Loss, ADHD, ODD, Trauma/PTSD, LGBTQ, Self-Harm, Military Family Life, Mood Disorders, OCD, Phobias
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare, Medicare and Cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Southern Pines, NC