Addiction Counseling in Colorado Springs, CO—Addiction Counselors, Therapists

Addiction Counseling in Colorado Springs, CO—Addiction Counselors, Therapists

From the initial caffeine fix in the morning to the last Netflix episode at night, addictions perpetuate our lives. It’s not a personal flaw—addictions are something our brains are hardwired to form. But of course, we never form addictions over vegetables. It’s certain chemical structures that can trick out brain into craving them. Chemicals like alcohol, marijuana, nicotine, and even sugar have the right structure that makes our brain crave it.

So what hope is there, when even our brain is working against us? The counselors at Thriveworks Colorado Springs know there is a lot of hope! Many people have come to us and left with renewed control over their lives. It’ll be difficult, nothing can change that. But hard and impossible are very different thing. Hard just means it’ll take a little more perseverance and support to overcome it. But it is fully possible.

The Addictions Counselors at Thriveworks Colorado Springs are here to walk with you as you battle your addiction, providing support, encouragement, and guidance when you need it.

What Are the Effects of Addiction and Substance Abuse?

The Dopamine cycle is why addictions are formed. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter (a brain messenger) that alerts the brain when it is being rewarded. It is usually a very precise system. When a drug or alcohol enters the system, it produces its own separate surge of dopamine.

That surge is what makes drugs feel so good. In response, the brain will lower its own production of dopamine. The problem occurs when the drug leaves, taking its dopamine high with it. Now you’re left with a system that isn’t producing enough dopamine. The deficit is what creates a drug craving, and eventually drug dependence.

Addictions can make it feel like you have no control. This is a frightening predicament! Thriveworks Colorado Springs Addiction and Substance Abuse has years of training and experience that can guide you back to the path of control. Struggling with an addiction doesn’t make you “weak” or “bad”. Many factors of addictions are out of our control, like genetic predisposition. Recovery, however, is always a choice you can choose.

Just like how an addiction molded your brain and formed new habits, healing from an addiction will require us to practice new habits and remold the brain. The term neuroplasticity describes how the brain is much more like moldable clay than unmovable bricks. Thriveworks Colorado Springs is excited to begin the process of healing and growth with you.

When Should I Get Help for My Addictions?

When has drug or alcohol use gone past recreational and into dangerous addiction? It’s easy to rationalize drug use until it becomes all-consuming. Maybe you’ve told yourself it’s okay for now by saying:

It lowers my stress levels! Once I have less going on, I’ll stop.

It’s a social outlet. I use it to hang out with friends!

It’s not affecting how I work. I deserve it!

Some of those may be true! A lot of addictions form based on our individual tolerance levels. Tolerance level is how often and at what strength you can use a drug before true addiction forms. It depends on a lot of different factors such as genetics and your current environment.

Because of the many various factors, it’s best to seek help as soon as you or a loved one has concern. The quicker steps are taken to stop an addiction, the easier the recovery process will be. Even if we decide Thriveworks Colorado Springs isn’t right for you, we can help you make an educated next step.

If you have hesitations, look for these signs that might point towards an addiction:

  • Cravings for the drug/alcohol continue throughout day
  • Use becomes regular and chronic
  • Unsustainable or reckless spending patterns
  • Painful physical reactions to withdrawal (headache, anxiety, inability to sleep or oversleeping, muscle aches)
  • Changes in social patterns or groups
  • Lying or being secretive
  • Unable to feel happy or controlled without the drug
  • Mood changes

Symptoms come in many different varieties, so this list is far from complete. Thriveworks Colorado Springs understands how isolating and terrifying an addiction can be. But there is always hope. With some support and professional guidance alongside your own determination and perseverance, recovery is more than possible.

What Does Addiction Counseling Look Like?

You are much more than your addiction. All of your passions, goals, and outside struggles are just as important. Thriveworks Colorado Springs believes in a counseling process that will draw on all aspects of yourself to help guide us towards a more complete you, one without addiction.

Addiction hardly strikes alone. Depression, anxiety, insomnia, low self-esteem, and many other mental and physical health problems can rise with addiction. These are called co-morbid issues and is something we can address in a session.

The main focus of a counseling session with Thriveworks Colorado Springs is to break the habit of addiction and remold your brain back to its healthy state. Of course, this process will always be unique to who you are and what your goals are.

Addiction can make us believe that it is the center of everything, and that we’ll fall apart without it. That’s a lie. And you deserve the chance to explore the truth beyond it. Who you are and the life you want to live are compatible, we just have to find the right path to start journeying there.

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Jerry was Amazing!

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Jerry was amazing! Jerry uses choice theory in order to help his patients grow and work through their problems. Choice theory was helpful through my relationship counseling but also could be used individually to helps each person grow themselves. Jerry used real scenarios in order to water down the theory, making it less scientific and more geared toward individual use. Jerry was patient, helpful, and very understanding.
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Rachel

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My therapist Rachel is the perfect therapist for me and the first one who I've told almost everything to and I could never ask for a better therapist thank you Rachel for changing my life and making a difference in my life and protecting me as well as helping and encouraging me even when I didn't wanna do your challenges cuz I didn't think I could do it and thanks for not letting me do whatever I want and helping me be a better person and thanks for your funny spider stories that cheer me up and when you were Sarcastic sometimes I love everything about you and thanks for being an Angel and for your kindness and Compassion I too have your back and care about you!
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Saved my Daughter

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Cassie has done wonders for my daughter. She has come so far in this past year. I am so thankful for the relationship my daughter and I have now. Before Cassie we were a wreck. We love so Cassie so much. I couldn't ask for a better councilor/ therapist/ mentor.
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Rehabilitation

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Thrive has helped my husband so much. He has vestibular issues and it creates bad balance problems. It also has created left side weakness and he has had to use a cane to assist him with walking and stairs. Since being treated at Thrive, he only uses his,cane with stairs now and on occasion when he isn't feeling that well. His balance has improved abiut 65% also. His moods are much better now also since he can get around better by himself! Thank you Thrive for all you have done for my husband and our family!
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I love going here every Monday it's the best thing to talk to someone that I connect with and helping me through my challenges.
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Awesome care

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Lindsay Schustedt has been seeing my 6 year old for a few months now. My daughter has been excited to go to counseling since she gets to see Lindsay. Lindsay has also been able to learn more about the issues that my daughter is experiencing. I believe that Lindsay is a very good counselor and I look forward to taking my daughter to see her in the future. I also have appreciated the communication that Lindsay has had with me regarding my daughter. Thank you Lindsay and ThriveWorks.
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The best therapists across the Front Range!

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I was recommended to Thriveworks by District 11 for my son who is diagnosed with Autism, PTSD, ADHD and RAD. He had a quite abusive life, prior to my adopting him. Directly from the onset of my scheduling his intake to his intake appointment, my spirit felt that this was going to be the correct place for him to be. Rachel, his therapist, is amazing! The entire staff is amazing. Their communication skills are dynamic and Talon is responding so positively; actually more so than he has with any other therapy group. The focus is on his success! Success in overcoming his obstacles and in life. As a therapist, myself, I highly recommend Thriveworks! Empathy, Compassion, Dynamic abilities in using therapeutic tools and in teaching clients how to use and apply them in life.
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So thankful

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So very thankful I chose Thriveworks and Kara Kays. Our time together was very helpful, and I made great progress. BDT was not like anything I’ve done before. Old way was to talk about the past and what made me who I am, new way is what is happening today, how can I be effective in my relationships today. Loved the learning tools, and I really clicked with Kara. Great experience
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Excellent, Compassionate Counselor

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I have known Jerry Noel for 16 years and worked with him for 13 of those years. He is an excellent counselor who is empathetic and easily bonds with people especially adolescents. After establishing an easy, supportive rapport, Jerry can effectively guide adolescents in choices that benefits their confidence and self-esteem. I highly recommend Jerry to help others improve their mental health and lead productive lives.
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Becky is a great support.

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Becky is a very compassionate, supportive and helpful clinical social worker.
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Counseling

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I have been working with Katrina for 2 weeks now and she is great. I feel so comfortable with her and she has so much knowledge. She is also very honest.
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Caring Listener

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Lisa is a warm, empathetic counselor with great listening skills and helpful guidance.
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Excellent!

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Thriveworks provides professional, yet welcoming counseling services that genuinely aid those in need. Lisa is an amazing counselor that is able to combine her knowledge and empathy to help others overcome their adversity. Her experience and therapeutic strategies make it easy to highly recommend her!!
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Exceptional

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Becky is truly exceptional. She expresses empathy towards her clients and has great depth and knowledge of various therapeutic strategies.
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Counselor

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I can't say enough good things about Julie! Her caring and compassion shine through in everything she does. Her experience and training working with children and adolescents is extensive. I would highly recommend her!
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THRIVEWORKS Colorado Springs

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THRIVEWORKS Colorado Springs - a counseling office with professional, caring counselors, a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere, easy appointment availability, insurance acceptance, and help with a great variety of life's challenges. WOW!
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Amazing People

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Drew Pierce is a great individual and counselor. SO genuine and personable, look forward to working with him again.
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Good listener

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Lisa Smith is a caring, empathetic person. I feel truly heard when I talk to her.
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Caring professional counselor

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Sara Mann is a caring, outgoing think outside of the box with great solutions orientated counselor. She is personable, humble, kind and compassionate with a commitment to helping people.
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Quality People

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Sara Mann is a quality individual. I have worked with her for years and find her to be one of the most caring and down-to-earth counselors I've ever encountered. Sara has a wealth of knowledge and experience.
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Making an appointment

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I’ve never had a more difficult time just setting up an appointment. The lady who took my call seemed to be very inconvenienced with what I needed. There was hostility in her voice when I asked questions that she obviously deemed as common knowledge. When she finally found a counselor for my needs, and we moved to make an appointment, even though I said I would take time off work, she still seemed very rude with wanting to make an appointment. I read the profiles of many of the counselors, and they seem like wonderful people. But because of my initial contact with attempting to make an appointment, I will not be seeing anyone here.
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