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9,265 people sought addiction counseling help in Texas in the last year

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Starting Addiction counseling

What is addiction counseling?

Addiction counseling therapists at Thriveworks in Dallas, TX 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 Dallas, TX 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.

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Emil walks home from school each afternoon and straight into his bedroom where he plays video games until dinner. After supper, he plays for several more hours. A year ago, he came home from school and played outside with his friends. They sometimes played video games together, but they also played soccer, board games, and basketball. Now, Emil does not spend time with those friends. He plays video games alone. Last week, his mom woke up in the middle of the night, and she found Emil playing. She is beginning to wonder if something more serious may be happening. Emil’s mom and dad are talking about trying to get him some help. They are worried he might be addicted. If he is, Emil would be one of 21 Americans who have an addiction.

“Addiction isn’t about substance—you aren’t addicted to the substance,
you are addicted to the alteration of mood that the substance brings.”
—Susan Cheever

Addiction can take a variety of forms. On the surface, addiction can be substance abuse (opioids, prescription drugs, alcohol, marijuana, and more). On the surface, addiction can also look like a compulsive behavior (sex, the Internet, video games, shopping, and more). In both cases, just below the surface, the addiction works the same. Addiction is an illness that changes people’s minds. It can strike rich or poor, old or young, man or woman. It is a severe disease that strikes indiscriminately, but help is possible. Many people are seeking help early and finding the treatment they need for their addiction.

The therapists and counselors at Thriveworks Counseling in Dallas, TX have many clients who are battling addiction, and we have provided the healing, care, and support they needed. Many people think that addiction is about willpower and making healthier choices. The professionals at Thriveworks Counseling in Dallas know that is not how addiction works, and it is not how to fight this illness.

Addiction’s Red Flags

Addiction rewrites how an individual’s brain functions so that people experience pleasure hormones (endorphins and dopamine) when they engage in the activity or substance. The rewiring of the brain means that people’s thoughts, choices, and behaviors are affected as well. Here are some of the more tangible signs that addiction is changing a person’s brain. Do you recognize anything?

Bodily Signs of Addiction

  • Being hyperactive or lethargic (depending upon the drug)
  • Weight loss
  • Dilated pupils, red eyes
  • Repetitive speech
  • Being undernourished or pale
  • Excessive sniffing without being sick
  • Body odor that is unpleasant or different

Behavioral Signs of Addiction

  • Missed engagements/work/school
  • Isolating oneself
  • Difficulty in school
  • Keeping secrets
  • Relationship problems
  • Financial difficulties (particularly, needing money)
  • Lying to loved ones (especially, to cover the addiction)

Emotional Signs of Addiction

  • Lack of awareness about one’s own behavior: denial, rationalizations, minimizations, blame, diversions
  • Being unable to handle stress
  • Defensiveness
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest in people/activities that were once valued
  • Obnoxious, silly, easily confused

It is easy to see from these red-flags: addiction can cause severe harm to both the addict and their loved ones. Because of an addiction, people may take risks they would not otherwise take. They may put their own well-being on the line so that the addiction can survive—in many ways, addiction is like a parasite. Therapists may talk about how addiction has three C’s: cravings, consequences, and control. Addiction demands control of an individual’s life and drives their decisions, thoughts, feelings, and actions. Addiction will persist despite the negative consequences they bring into an individual’s life. Addiction uses cravings as a way to take this control.

Myths about Addiction

Addiction is a common disease, but many stereotypes and myths about it remain. Many times, misunderstanding of what addiction is and how it functions is at the heart of these myths. Worse, these myths may shame people with and addiction and make it harder for them to seek treatment. The best way to combat misunderstanding is with the truth. Here are a few myths, and here is the truth about addiction.

Myth #1: Addiction Is a Choice.
No one chooses to be addicted, just as no one chooses to have diabetes. A choice did not allow addiction to grow, and willpower is not a treatment plan. Instead, addiction is an illness, and treatment requires people to retrain their brains so that their brain is more balanced.

Myth #2: Addicts Are Weak People.
This myth is based in shame—it attacks the person instead of the disease. Addiction has no connection with being strong. In fact, many people who have an addiction are strong, courageous people. Their illness is attributable to things outside of their control such as allergies, genetic predisposition, or childhood trauma.

Myth #3: Addiction Is Rare.
Addiction wants people to believe they are alone. That is when people are most vulnerable. However, the reality is that addiction is common, and many people who are in the midst of fighting an addiction or who have recovered would be glad to offer support, empathy, and accountability. Mental health professionals often include community support as a part of the recovery process.

Scheduling an Appointment for Addiction Therapy at Thriveworks in Dallas

If you are ready to meet with a therapist, Thriveworks in Dallas is ready to support you. When you contact our office, know that you may have your first appointment the following day. We also take many forms of insurance, and we offer weekend and evening sessions.

Let’s fight addiction together. Call Thriveworks Counseling in Dallas today.

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 Dallas therapists and counselors accept 34 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Ambetter by Superior Health Plan

  • APEX Memorial Hermann

  • ARIA | Covenant Management Systems

  • Auto Club Enterprises (Employers Health Network)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas PPO

  • Buist Byars and Taylor (Employers Health Network)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

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Self-pay costs at Dallas
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

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First, I would love to thank Jacqueline Shair for all she has help me with. With out her I don’t know where I would be now. Just by talking to her made me realize that I still had a life to live. Not dwelling on the past to look forward for the new adventures. Now I’m a happy person love myself doing things that I thought I would never be doing working on buying a new house being more social just enjoying life like I should’ve been doing for the past 30 years thank you Jacqueline and Thriveworks for everything Sincerely, Sammy
Read more First, I would love to thank Jacqueline Shair for all she has help me with. With out her I don’t know where I would be now. Just by talking to her made me realize that I still had a life to live. Not dwelling on the past to look forward for the new adventures. Now I’m a happy person love myself doing things that I thought I would never be doing working on buying a new house being more social just enjoying life like I should’ve been doing for the past 30 years thank you Jacqueline and Thriveworks for everything Sincerely, Sammy
Sammy Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Worked with Francis Segovia and was friendly and empathetic. She helped me get on a solid plan to meet my medication needs. She also sent a referral for an LPC in network.
Read more Worked with Francis Segovia and was friendly and empathetic. She helped me get on a solid plan to meet my medication needs. She also sent a referral for an LPC in network.
Celso Dec 2023
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I must take a moment to submit a review for Dr. Geraldine Hickerson! Dr. Hickerson not only has significant experience as a therapist, she also is compassionate about the care provided. Compassion guides the therapist to treat the person as an individual- fully listening and creating a safe space for therapeutic healing. Dr. Hickerson is phenomenal at creating that safe space. I highly recommend her as a trusted therapist.
Read more I must take a moment to submit a review for Dr. Geraldine Hickerson! Dr. Hickerson not only has significant experience as a therapist, she also is compassionate about the care provided. Compassion guides the therapist to treat the person as an individual- fully listening and creating a safe space for therapeutic healing. Dr. Hickerson is phenomenal at creating that safe space. I highly recommend her as a trusted therapist.
Dallas Sep 2022
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Dr. Hickerson is a wonderful therapist and really shows she cares about you as a whole person! She is a great listener and her wise counsel and direction really helps you navigate challenges in life. She's a true gem!
Read more Dr. Hickerson is a wonderful therapist and really shows she cares about you as a whole person! She is a great listener and her wise counsel and direction really helps you navigate challenges in life. She's a true gem!
Dallas Sep 2022
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Dr. Hickerson is an excellent therapist who focuses on you as a whole person. She is a great listener and easy to talk to. She gives sound and wise direction to help navigate through challenges and overcome difficult times. She's truly a gem!
Read more Dr. Hickerson is an excellent therapist who focuses on you as a whole person. She is a great listener and easy to talk to. She gives sound and wise direction to help navigate through challenges and overcome difficult times. She's truly a gem!
Dallas Sep 2022
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Dallas is located at 2821 McKinney Ave Suite 9, Dallas, TX 75204, near Greenwood Cemetery.

Phone number

(469) 778-3990

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