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Starting Addiction counseling

What is addiction counseling?

Addiction counseling therapists at Thriveworks in Knoxville, TN 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 Knoxville, TN 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?

Addictions come in many forms. There are the usual suspects: alcohol, narcotics, nicotine, caffeine. Then there are others, including prescription medications, cannabis, and other recreational drugs. And, there are “nonchemical” addictions including sex, gambling, shopping, and a controversial (but also very real) internet addiction. Each of these can be treated by seeing a therapist who specializes in addiction therapy.

Portraits of Addiction

Stephanie is a huge bingo fan. She will often lose track of time while researching strategies and other tips for gaining more of a competitive edge. Any pleasure from reading about bingo pales in comparison to the rush of winning the jackpot though. It wasn’t until a friend came by her house to say hi one night that anyone suspected her favorite pastime was becoming a problem. Her kids were home alone—one was crying—while Stephanie was out at the casino, waiting with rapt attention for the next number to be called.

David is a loving father, husband, and branch manager at a well-known bank. At first, he would only do cocaine when offered at parties, but lately he’s been slipping into the bathroom at work for a quick “bump,” and even leaving during the day to meet with his dealer.

What Is Addiction? What Is Addiction Therapy?

Physical or psychological dependence on a substance or activity is called an addiction. These dependencies can be developed for almost anything—from drugs and alcohol to shopping, sex, and even normally positive things like working—and often occur as a means of coping with the pressures of daily life.

The chronic behavioral patterns indicative of addiction are nearly impossible for the individual to control and lead to adverse activity as a means of hiding or fueling the addiction.

Often, we will blame our addictions on relationship problems, boredom, a stressful work environment, or other external forces instead of recognizing ourselves as the most active participant in the problem.

In the case of drug addiction—especially with harder drugs like cocaine, heroin, and amphetamines—our bodies develop biochemical dependencies while at the same time becoming ever tolerant to the substance’s intoxicating effects.

Continued, increased use deepens the body’s dependence, and we start having to consume more and more of the drug in order to even feel “normal,” let alone “high.”

Whether substance driven or behavioral, our addictions often begin as an experiment—a trip to the casino to see what it’s like or trying out a narcotic for the first time at a party—but turn into a habit if the experience is pleasurable.

We use our addictions as a tool to cope with or mask other kinds of problems such as loneliness, anxiety, depression, or ADHD. We may experience some alleviation from our problems when we engage in our addiction, but whatever temporary relief we experience is greatly overshadowed by the negative effects (which often include a worsening of the original problem).

Signs and symptoms of addiction include:

  • Obsessions over a behavior or substance
  • Guilt and shame
  • Negative consequences to self or others
  • Failure to control actions
  • Patterns of uncontrollable behaviors
  • Substance use for a year or more
  • Loss of engagement in former interests
  • Otherwise inexplicable distance from family and friends
  • Increasing patterns of negative behavior or substance use over time
  • Mood swings
  • Feelings of self-worthlessness or shame
  • Impulse control problems with food, drugs, sex, or money
  • Strong need to be liked or approved of
  • Behaviors or substance use to reduce anxiety
  • Inability to manage daily life

Knoxville Addiction Counseling Tips for Overcoming Addiction

Wellness and safety are the primary concerns when dealing with addiction. When battling an addiction, thoughts of personal safety and social norms become less important than satisfying the urge.

Someone addicted to gambling, for example, might not think twice about putting their family’s finances on the line in exchange for the mere chance of a big win. Daunting credit card debt may not prevent the shopping addict from purchasing that new, must-have plasma screen.

Any person experiencing a disconnect between their actions and the potential consequences to relationships, health, or safety is a good candidate for addiction therapy. At Thriveworks Knoxville, our therapists are trained in addressing the specific issues surrounding addiction. Though reaching out for help may feel intimidating, we will work with you to make the experience as smooth as possible.

Steps for Overcoming Addiction

In many cases, addiction is a life-or-death scenario. If you suspect someone you love has an addiction, staging a well-planned intervention may be appropriate (Mayo Clinic). It’s important that interventions are planned ahead, as encouraging a loved one to seek addiction therapy can be an emotionally-charged experience. The loved one may not initially respond favorably. Planning ahead—who will say what, planning what treatment options will be presented, and determining consequences if the loved one chooses not to accept treatment for addiction—is key to increasing the chances of success.

If the addiction is your own, reach out to someone who has your best interest in mind, such as a close friend or family member. Ask for help, even if only for a ride to your first therapy appointment.

Once in therapy for addiction, the patient and counselor will work together to determine what, if any, underlying issues are present that may have influenced the addictive behavior. While processing those issues, the therapist will work with the patient to help them stop participating in the behavior and develop a plan to avoid engaging in those behaviors in the future. In some situations, this may involve psychiatric medication, such as anti-anxiety medication.

Thriveworks Knoxville Addiction Therapy

There are many addiction therapists in Knoxville, but it is important to find one who is qualified and experienced in dealing with the addiction you’re facing. An effective therapist will formulate a specific treatment plan to address your problems and will encourage changes that will move you from the depths of addiction to the heights of a healthy, fulfilling life. If you’re seeking a therapist for addiction, give us a call. We don’t have a waiting list, and can usually schedule new patients within 24 hours. We promise you, the high of wellness far exceeds that of any narcotic, and only gets better.

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 Knoxville therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee | BCBS

  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medicare Advantage

  • Caresource

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Knoxville
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

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

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$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

4.6 Thriveworks Knoxville reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I saw Justin for assistance with OCD. He showed me how to look at things in a way that did not allow my OCD to take over. I will would highly recommend him.
Read more I saw Justin for assistance with OCD. He showed me how to look at things in a way that did not allow my OCD to take over. I will would highly recommend him.
Knoxville Feb 2020
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★★★★★
I have been taking my 7 year old grandson to see Justin. He had horrible anxiety. It saddened us to see how bad it was. He had developed tics. Justin was absolutely wonderful with him. He has overcome most of his fears and tics have went away. I would highly recommend Justin.
Read more I have been taking my 7 year old grandson to see Justin. He had horrible anxiety. It saddened us to see how bad it was. He had developed tics. Justin was absolutely wonderful with him. He has overcome most of his fears and tics have went away. I would highly recommend Justin.
Knoxville Sep 2019
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★★★★★
Going to Thriveworks for the past year and a half has been the most rewarding counseling experience I’ve had. Seeing Lindsey has had the single biggest impact on my emotional and mental health, especially in healing from past childhood abuse and trauma, and ongoing PTSD. Out of multiple counselors in two states, Lindsey Chandler is by far the one with whom I’ve felt the most accepted, supported, and encouraged by. I am grateful for the Thriveworks space, as it is not at all clinical nor intimidating, but entirely warn and welcoming. It is nearly a scent-free environment, which is vital for the comfort of any highly sensitive persons. I choose to drive an hour from home each visit specifically to stay loyal to a place where I finally feel safe and valued—where in the past commuting five minutes from home to work with a therapist felt like a chore and an ordeal—and I will continue to do so as I work further toward a healthier me.
Read more Going to Thriveworks for the past year and a half has been the most rewarding counseling experience I’ve had. Seeing Lindsey has had the single biggest impact on my emotional and mental health, especially in healing from past childhood abuse and trauma, and ongoing PTSD. Out of multiple counselors in two states, Lindsey Chandler is by far the one with whom I’ve felt the most accepted, supported, and encouraged by. I am grateful for the Thriveworks space, as it is not at all clinical nor intimidating, but entirely warn and welcoming. It is nearly a scent-free environment, which is vital for the comfort of any highly sensitive persons. I choose to drive an hour from home each visit specifically to stay loyal to a place where I finally feel safe and valued—where in the past commuting five minutes from home to work with a therapist felt like a chore and an ordeal—and I will continue to do so as I work further toward a healthier me.
Knoxville Jan 2019
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★★★★★
Dr Neal has helped me more in the last 2 months than any other therapist in the last 5 years. Therapy has become a joy instead of a chore. :)
Read more Dr Neal has helped me more in the last 2 months than any other therapist in the last 5 years. Therapy has become a joy instead of a chore. :)
Knoxville Dec 2018
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★★★★★
Justin Hall is an excellent therapist. Very easy to talk to and genuinely concerned with the patient.
Read more Justin Hall is an excellent therapist. Very easy to talk to and genuinely concerned with the patient.
Knoxville Nov 2018
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★★★★★
Amanda Gilliam has been such a blessing in helping my daughter deal with her anxiety issues. My daughter is much stronger and confident now thanks to Amanda's expertise,dedication, and just willing to talk about whatever my daughter wants to talk about! Great person to call if you in know someone dealing with anxiety!
Read more Amanda Gilliam has been such a blessing in helping my daughter deal with her anxiety issues. My daughter is much stronger and confident now thanks to Amanda's expertise,dedication, and just willing to talk about whatever my daughter wants to talk about! Great person to call if you in know someone dealing with anxiety!
Knoxville Oct 2018
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★★★★★
My son saw “Mrs. Amanda” as he affectionately called her shortly after my marriage ended in a high conflict divorce. My son was 6 years old at the time, so it was difficult for him to process his feelings without knowing how to communicate with us. Amanda Gilliam was always there to listen and provide outlets for him to speak openly about his feelings in a way that could be understood. She is top knotch in my book and I would highly recommend her as a professional!
Read more My son saw “Mrs. Amanda” as he affectionately called her shortly after my marriage ended in a high conflict divorce. My son was 6 years old at the time, so it was difficult for him to process his feelings without knowing how to communicate with us. Amanda Gilliam was always there to listen and provide outlets for him to speak openly about his feelings in a way that could be understood. She is top knotch in my book and I would highly recommend her as a professional!
Knoxville Oct 2018
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★★★★★
I was in sessions with Justin for about a year and highly recommend him. He has a deep grasp of psychology that he is constantly refreshing and renewing, and he was able to help me a lot in understanding what was driving the emotions and feelings of myself and close family members. He was a great help.
Read more I was in sessions with Justin for about a year and highly recommend him. He has a deep grasp of psychology that he is constantly refreshing and renewing, and he was able to help me a lot in understanding what was driving the emotions and feelings of myself and close family members. He was a great help.
Knoxville Sep 2018
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Therapy Knoxville is located off of N Peters Rd and Market Pl Blvd, across the street from Market Place Shopping Center. Our other neighbors include Block Advisors, Geosyntec Consultants, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Red Roof PLUS+ & Suites Knoxville West - Cedar Bluff. The closest bus stop to our building is N Peters Rd EB @ Market Place Blvd.

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(865) 290-2278

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