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4,753 people sought addiction counseling help in Georgia in the last year

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What is addiction counseling?

Addiction counseling therapists at Thriveworks in Athens, GA can help people manage their urges to use the substance or engage in the activity they’re addicted to. In addition, it can help people manage the challenges that stem from their addiction, from relationship issues to problems at work, as well as those whose addiction may stem from issues like trauma.

How does addiction counseling work?

Addiction counseling at Thriveworks in Athens, GA works by helping one understand the underlying causes of their addiction, teaching them coping strategies, and recognizing their specific triggers. Long-term or ongoing addiction counseling can also help to prevent relapse.

Is addiction counseling conducted in person or online?

Addiction counseling at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does addiction counseling last?

The length of addiction counseling depends on the individual’s needs, the extent and severity of their addiction, and the problems that might stem from it. That said, people can make meaningful progress in addiction counseling in the first weeks to months.

Need more help deciding?

Are you struggling with signs of an addiction? If so, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Thriveworks Athens. Our counselors are experts and here to help. We offer evening and weekend sessions and accept most major insurances. Plus, clients can often meet with their provider within the same week of scheduling.

Addiction – What Is It?

When someone mentions the term “addiction” what are your first thoughts? Most people automatically associate the word with highly addictive substances such as alcohol. Whilst these cause common and particularly dangerous types of addiction, they are certainly not the only forms of the condition. Addictions to some commonplace behaviors can often go unnoticed – Internet and smart phone addictions are good examples.

The commonplace nature of some habits, when combined with the complexity of addiction as a mental health disorder, means that professional addiction therapy is almost always recommended for addicts who are looking to quit.
Addictions to substances such as alcohol, nicotine or heroin are physical addictions. Physical addictions develop in response to biological dependencies that arise when an addict consumes the addictive substance on a frequent basis. The addict’s body becomes so used to the drug that when consumption stops, serious withdrawal symptoms may occur.

A behavioral addiction, on the other hand, is primarily defined by an incessant drive to pursue an addictive behavior and is not determined by a biological dependency. Behavioral addictions often develop in response to activities that are carried out as a part of an addict’s everyday life, including browsing the Internet, using a smart phone or engaging in a sexual intercourse.
Regardless of the specific subtype, addictions are characterized by a person’s inability to control the usage, taking or doing of a particular drug/product or behavior.

Addiction Therapy

Some of the characteristics that both substance and behavioral addicts share include the lack of control over their actions, a compulsive mindset and continuing with a behavior or consumption of a substance despite the often severely negative consequences. All of these are influenced by certain environmental triggers that an addict experiences throughout his or her daily life.
Managing the response to these triggers is important and addiction therapy is particularly effective at providing the addict with the tools which will allow him or her to do so. If an addict is freed from a physical dependency and is equipped with the mental tools and techniques to recognize and deal with the environmental addiction triggers, he or she will be much better prepared to permanently overcome the addiction.

Schedule Addiction Therapy at Thriveworks Athens

Here at Thriveworks Athens, our expert counselors work with our clients on a one-on-one basis to provide them with the tools to ensure a lasting treatment. Reach out to us now to book your first addiction therapy session.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Athens therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Jill is very understanding, listens very well and offers reasonable and easy to do exercises and things to try. I feel very comfortable with her.
Read more Jill is very understanding, listens very well and offers reasonable and easy to do exercises and things to try. I feel very comfortable with her.
Eileen Feb 2024 verified review
Therapist is very good, attentive, and ask the questions to get me thinking clearly. Am very pleased.
Read more Therapist is very good, attentive, and ask the questions to get me thinking clearly. Am very pleased.
Eileen Jan 2024 verified review

Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Athens is located at the intersection of North Chase St and Prince Ave. We share an L-shaped building with several other businesses including Ankle & Foot Centers of America. If you kept traveling west on North Chase, you’d pass Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital on your left.

Phone number

(706) 898-3276

Languages spoken by GA providers

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