Grand Rapids Addiction Counseling

Addiction Doesn’t Have to Control You – Therapists in Grand Rapids, Forest Hills

Whether or not you’re willing to admit it to yourself, you’re on this page because either you or someone you care about has let something — whether it’s drugs, pornography, shopping, gambling, the Internet, or anything at all — get in the way of maintaining healthy lifestyle.

Take a moment right now to take a few deep breaths, in and out through your nostrils. Think about who you are and what your life currently looks like. Is there a particular activity that you’ll engage in no matter the consequences? Has your job or have relationships suffered as a result? We’re sorry to hear that, but there’s a chance that you’ve become addicted.

No matter what has happened as a result of this behavior or habit up until this point, be encouraged that your life can change — YOU can change. That little voice in your head that tells you that you don’t really have a problem is a liar. If you’re wondering if there’s is a problem, then there probably is one.

Your addiction doesn’t have to define you from this point forward, and Thriveworks Grand Rapids Addiction Counseling is here to help you come up a new definition for yourself, a definition that includes the words “happy,” “fulfilled,” and “free.”

Getting to the Root of the Problem

We turn to addictions, oftentimes, for a one-time thrill or to cope with another underlying issue like stress, depression, anxiety or other problems with self-image.

The sick part about the addiction, however, is that these issues are only momentarily masked, and usually come back the same (if not worse) by the time the high of a shopping spree wears off, or when the booze wears off the next morning and you’re left with the unpleasantness of a headache, an upset stomach and having to answer for whatever you did because you got messed up the night before.

You feel bad all over again, and return to the addiction again, and again. Likely increasing your dosage to combat the diminishing returns and heightening tolerance.

At Thriveworks Grand Rapids, Forest Hills Addiction Counseling, we’ll do more than help you modify your behavior. We’ll help you find the source of the problem that made you want to cope in the first place. Doing so might sound like an impossibility, or at best a platitude, but the people that work at this counseling practice do so because more than believing that radical change is possible, they have experienced this change in themselves and seen their clients experience it over and over again.

Signs and symptoms of addiction include:

  • Obsessive focus on an activity or substance
  • Negative consequences are outweighed by desire to continue an activity (even a “healthy” one)
  • Use of a substance for longer than one year
  • Shame and guilt
  • Difficulty saying “no” to something you know you shouldn’t do
  • Lack of interest in things you once enjoyed
  • Uncontrollable urges and behaviors
  • Substance use for a year or more
  • Inexplicable changes in mood
  • Otherwise inexplicable distance from family and friends
  • Increasing patterns of behavior or substance use over time
  • Mood swings
  • Feelings of self-worthlessness or shame
  • Loss of focus

Thriveworks Grand Rapids Addiction Counseling Will Help You Regain Your Freedom

When you’re up late at night and no one else is around to tell you differently, do you slide into the exact habits that you know that you should keep away from? Do you always end up doing the one thing that holds you back from achieving the life you want?

Well, that’s what counseling is for. There’s an unfortunate misconception out there that therapy is only for those who have really severe problems. You know, the issues that “only other people suffer from.” The truth is that we all have our personal issues that need addressing, and there’s no shame in that.

Even if you believe your addiction is relatively mild compared to the sensationalized caricature of the needle-in-the-vein junky lying in the gutter, you still may not realize how much better your life can be once you’re free from your indulgences.

You might believe that life looks different for everyone (which it does) and that who is to say what is an addiction to one person might be totally fine for someone else. While that is a valid perspective, consider this: Freedom, in life, isn’t about being able to do whatever-the-hell you want, it’s about being free to choose to distance yourself from the things that don’t propel you into becoming the best version of yourself.

Choose to be free from repetitive, useless habits. Choose to be free from the momentary rush, and instead step forward into a life where every moment is better than the next.

Welcome to the “now.”

You don’t have to fight this alone. Call us at 616-425-2176 (or click below) to learn how Thriveworks Grand Rapids Addiction Counseling can help you live a better life.
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Angel

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Angel was the sweetest person! I’m so glad I chose this place for help! I felt like a crazy person at first but she made me feel like I was just normal and just going through a lot! I really appreciate angel!
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So Thankful

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Thriveworks is a blessing. I got an appointment with a counselor within a week. Margaret Rose was wonderful. She was kind and insightful and I felt safe with her. I highly recommend Thriveworks Grand Rapids
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Denise-NP

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My son saw Denise for the first time recently and she was great. She seemed very well informed in every area and so willing to help my son with his anxiety. She actually spent time with us and seemed to care. I'm so glad we found her.
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Denise Skonieczny NP

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I was in need of a psychiatrist for chronic depression and anxiety. I came across thrive having only a 4 month wait instead 9 to 12 month wait with any other psychiatrist. This was wonderful news. I met Denise as my clinician. She is very empathetic very knowledgeable. She has helped me alot sine my first vist. She is very dedicated to her patients which I truly appreciate. I would highly recommend her for any psychiatric needs. I think she goes above and beyond her role. She is a caring individual. There should be more people like Denise. She needs to be recognized for her work.
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Wonderful

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I am so pleased with my therapist, Lori. She does an outstanding job. When I read her specialties online I knew I had the right person, but when I met her for the first time I was convinced. I’ve raved about her to numerous people and have recommended Thriveworks a few times to people I know - everyone could use a Lori in their lives to help sort things out. The old adage comes to mind: “if you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day, if you teach a man to fish he will eat for a lifetime.” I am learning the skills to live and navigate life circumstances. I am calmer, happier and better off than I was when I first walked through the door. I’ve been given a gift and I am most grateful for all her help.
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No compassion

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I saw Nancy. I specifically asked for someone who SPECIALIZES in domestic abuse. I am in an abusive relationship and she kept telling me "it's your choice to stay." She always questioned why I felt things or did things, like I should have this all figured out. I'm seeking therapy because I feel like I cannot leave and I know that's not a good thing. She had no compassion for what I have been through and just said it's my choice. No addressing the pain I've been through and how I have been affected by this. I feel like I can't leave because I feel like I would fall apart if I left, but I feel like I'm dying inside the relationship. This is a whole process that occurs over a long period of time. I have no self esteem, I have tried to leave and there are so many threats and manipulation, etc. I get shit from everyone about leaving, like its as simple as that for me. I wanted compassion from a counselor. I needed validation of my feelings, not another person telling me that I choose to live like this, like I want my life to be a living hell. I realize that I do make this choice ultimately, but there is so much more to this situation and I needed to process it. I am a doormat to everyone and she just asks why I do this. I NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHY and how to change! Her tone and questioning made me feel like she was being judgemental. She is a nice person, but she is not therapeutic. I couldn't move on with her after this. It felt like she was invalidating my feelings just like the rest of the world, like nothing I feel is real and I'm crazy. I shut down. I got a letter about being non compliant, that's why. It was no longer a priority for me to go and get treated like that. She never tried to help me process my feelings, just to say positive phrases to myself and eat healthy and exercise. This stuff is good, but doesn't help me deal with the things I have been through.
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Awesome!

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I have nothing but good things to say about my therapy with Lori. I was hesitant to begin a therapy regimine without knowing anything about the therapist. After the first session I knew I had found the right person. Lori is so adept at pinpointing the problems and gives very useful ideas of how to handle them. She is very personable and easy to talk with. I will miss these sessions but I have the confidence to know I have the tools to deal with whatever comes my way. I am a much happier person!
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All is well!

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All is well!
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Fantastic. Look forward to future sessions

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Fantastic. Look forward to future sessions with my son!
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My therapist is amazing

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My therapist is amazing she listens to everything I say she is very nice and kind I would recommend her to anybody that needs help i am so blessed to have her
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Good grasp of my problem.

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Good grasp of my problem.
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Very professional

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Very professional. Counselor is engaging and helpful.
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I actually did not get to

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I actually did not get to bring in my daughters due to a personal issue, but when I spoke with their therapist over the phone she was very helpful and although she isn’t my therapist she talked to me about my issue and helped me calm down preventing a panic attack that was starting. I am very thankful to her and will be rescheduling my daughters to see her.
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Everything was great.

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Everything was great. Alot of information given
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I look forward to

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I look forward to working with Jason.
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Lori is amazing.

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Lori is amazing. Relatable, fluid conversation. Going back next week!
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Amazing availability

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The therapists availability is amazing. The scheduling was smooth as well as paperwork. Thank you!
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Work Wonders

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I've had one lesson so far and I can already tell that this place is going to work wonders.
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Enjoyed

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I enjoyed having my visit at your location.
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Highly Satisfied

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My meetings with my therapist were thought provoking but humorous. We clicked together the first time I met her ten years ago. As she moves on, I know that I am able to move forward also.
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Integrity!

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Grand Rapids is an awesome place, filled with caring employees and overflowing with integrity. You can be sure that you are in good hands, and will see great changes in your life after a few sessions with these counselors.
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Wonderful

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is wonderful - the office is beautiful, the therapists are amazing and everyone makes you feel so comfortable. Thank you, thank you!
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Great Therapy!

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You won't find a better therapist than Olja Haglund! She moved here recently from another practice where I originally was her patient and I "moved" here with her. If you are looking for a therapist who will give you what you need, not what you want, look no further....I highly recommend and the professionals who work here!
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