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500,000 people sought help at Thriveworks in the last year

Discover how starting substance abuse & addiction counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +24 more
Domestic Abuse, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, +15 more

I am a caring and supportive individual that will help guide children and adults to learn the skills they need, while supporting them through their th... I am a caring and supportive individual that will help guide children and adults to learn the skills they need, while supporting them through their therapeutic journey. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +23 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Men’s Issues, Self Esteem, +9 more

My aim is to offer you a therapeutic alliance through which you can heal from past wounds and embrace imperfections so that you may cultivate and enri... My aim is to offer you a therapeutic alliance through which you can heal from past wounds and embrace imperfections so that you may cultivate and enrich the best aspects of you. Read more

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Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +21 more
Military / Veteran, Chronic Illness, Medical / Health Issues, Anger, Behavioral Issues, +14 more

Who you are is beautifully and uniquely crafted by your experiences in life and I am here to help you discover ways to improve your quality of life an... Who you are is beautifully and uniquely crafted by your experiences in life and I am here to help you discover ways to improve your quality of life and relationships. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, ASR, Blue Care Network of Michigan, +24 more
Military / Veteran, Stress, Women’s Issues, ADHD, Sexual Abuse, +8 more

As a female Veteran who has worked in mental health over 13 years, I understand the vast spectrum of life experiences that challenge clients.

Starting Substance abuse & addiction counseling

What is Substance abuse & addiction counseling?

Substance abuse & addiction counseling 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 that their addiction may stem from like trauma.

How does Substance abuse & addiction counseling work?

Thriveworks substance abuse & addiction counseling in Portage, MI works by helping one understand the underlying causes of their addiction, teaching them coping strategies, and recognizing their specific triggers. Long-term or ongoing substance abuse & addiction counseling can also help to prevent relapse.

Is Substance abuse & addiction counseling conducted in person or online?

Thriveworks addiction counseling in Portage, MI is conducted both in person and virtually through online therapt. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Substance abuse & addiction counseling last?

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

Need more help deciding?

Addiction is one of the most difficult things a person can deal with. It can cause feelings of shame, and the person struggling often hides their addiction from friends and family, resulting in feelings of isolation. The addiction may result in the loss of a job or even loss of access to one’s children if the situation spirals. And the difficulty of dealing with those losses can make it even harder to fight your substance abuse problem. A therapist can help.

Since most substance abuse is a coping mechanism for the sometimes harsh realities of life or to avoid underlying mental or emotional issues, it is crucial to get to the root of why the addiction occurred. Therapy can help resolve those factors in order to work toward staying away from problematic substances. Therapy can also be used to treat the specific mental health conditions that often contribute to drug or alcohol use.

Counseling is a useful part of treatment for both alcohol and drug addiction. While the specific treatment will be tailored to your individual situation, much of the core methodology is shared between the two types of counseling. Reach out to Thriveworks Portage for alcohol and substance abuse counseling.

Contributing Factors to Substance Abuse

Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by a compulsion to use harmful substances or substances that are harmful when overdone. An addicted person usually decides on their own to imbibe addictive substances, most often using it as a coping mechanism.

In other words, having a few beers after a stressful day is relatively normal, but if alcohol is often used to cope with a tough day, it can lead to increased alcohol use that becomes addictive. This is partly due to changes in the brain’s chemistry that challenge the person’s self-control over urges to drink—and partly due to the person repressing whatever issues they are facing instead of coping with them in a healthy way.

An addicted person’s compulsion tends to compound itself and become more and more destructive as the addiction increases in severity. These brain changes can be difficult to rewire, which is why drug addiction is considered a “relapsing” disease. People in recovery from drug use issues are at increased risk for returning to drug use even after years of sobriety.

Substance abuse disorders change everything about a person’s life, including their desires, goals, ambitions, and priorities. Addiction changes behaviors that are normal for the individual and attempts to rewrite them, making it harder to work or get an education, and it can inhibit the ability to maintain healthy, positive relationships with family and friends.

Importance of Group Therapy to Addiction Recovery

For most general counseling sessions, psychologists prefer to meet one-on-one with an individual for talk therapy in order to give them the personalized treatment necessary for their situation. However, for substance abuse and addiction, group therapy is considered an excellent adjunct therapy method. In group therapy, a person is surrounded by peers that are going through similar issues. Those members are then able to both challenge and encourage each other.

Maintaining a regular private therapy appointment is important even when participating in group therapy, particularly when there are other disorders in play. Addiction is often linked to depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, or various other mental health issues. Having two illnesses at the same time is known as “comorbidity.” Comorbidity is complex and can make it difficult to treat either disorder. Talk therapy is the best way to understand how addiction relates to other diagnoses present within an individual.

Relapse Issues

Even after detox, when physical dependence has been mostly negated and a path to recovery formed, addicts are at high risk for relapse. Relapse is most common in stressful situations, but it also comes from being around others who are using the substances used by the individual prior to their independence from addiction.

Therapy can give individuals the ability to handle stressful situations and environmental issues that may prompt a new cycle of impulsive tendencies. The goal is to redirect how the patient manages their life in order to live in a healthy way and avoid relapse. Cognitive-behavioral strategies are based on the idea that learning processes play a critical role in reshaping how a person approaches their life—and helps them do so in a way that does not require drugs in order to cope with their environments. Individuals in therapy can learn to recognize problem behaviors and rectify them by using new coping techniques. Their new skills can be used to stop drug abuse and to address the deeper issues causing the suffering that led to the addictive behavior to begin with.

Substance abuse is a difficult journey. But with the proper strategies and coping techniques learned with the help of a therapist, you can begin to build the life you want—without the substances—and work toward a future of your choice.

Contact Thriveworks Portage Counseling. We’re located near Kalamazoo and Western Michigan University and are able to see patients of all ages. Our therapists know the area, know the people, and are ready to compassionately help them become the best version of themselves.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Portage therapists and counselors accept 29 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • ASR

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Care Network of Michigan

  • Blue Care Network of Michigan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

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Self-pay costs at Portage
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

Hear from our clients

4.9 Thriveworks Portage reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
This will be short since I can only type with one hand currently, but I thoroughly enjoyed my first session with Dan. He seems very patient, thoughtful, and intelligent. I look forward to working with him and letting him pick my brain to help me become a healthier and more balanced person!
Read more This will be short since I can only type with one hand currently, but I thoroughly enjoyed my first session with Dan. He seems very patient, thoughtful, and intelligent. I look forward to working with him and letting him pick my brain to help me become a healthier and more balanced person!
Portage Jun 2022
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Cassie met with my cousin for several sessions to discuss issues related to my cousin's childhood. Cassie helped my cousin assess her feelings in a balanced way . She was also very supportive, listening and providing feedback effectively without being judgmental. This was exactly what my cousin needed. A very rare technique among many counselors these days.
Read more Cassie met with my cousin for several sessions to discuss issues related to my cousin's childhood. Cassie helped my cousin assess her feelings in a balanced way . She was also very supportive, listening and providing feedback effectively without being judgmental. This was exactly what my cousin needed. A very rare technique among many counselors these days.
Portage Feb 2022
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★★★★★
Rudy was professional and approachable. He was able to point out beliefs I had that were interfering with my ability to enjoy my life, but did so in a respectful manner. He was an effective therapist, with a genuine, caring approach.
Read more Rudy was professional and approachable. He was able to point out beliefs I had that were interfering with my ability to enjoy my life, but did so in a respectful manner. He was an effective therapist, with a genuine, caring approach.
Portage Feb 2021
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
The best
Portage Jul 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
The intake coordinator Brittany was AMAZING. She listened to my needs so she could match me with a therapist that could help me. She was incredibly kind and truly listened to me in a stressful situation.
Read more The intake coordinator Brittany was AMAZING. She listened to my needs so she could match me with a therapist that could help me. She was incredibly kind and truly listened to me in a stressful situation.
Portage Jul 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Alex helped me more than I can say! He was sensitive and patient with me and helped we work through some very difficult issues. His knowledge and communication skills guided me towards a positive outcome that gave me great peace. Thank you so much Alex for being there for me!
Read more Alex helped me more than I can say! He was sensitive and patient with me and helped we work through some very difficult issues. His knowledge and communication skills guided me towards a positive outcome that gave me great peace. Thank you so much Alex for being there for me!
Portage Jul 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Heather has always been the person that many people go to for advice and help. When she isn't helping people at work she is helping people at our church. All of the staff at Thriveworks are great. I highly recommend Thriveworks Counseling.
Read more Heather has always been the person that many people go to for advice and help. When she isn't helping people at work she is helping people at our church. All of the staff at Thriveworks are great. I highly recommend Thriveworks Counseling.
Portage Jul 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
The experience from the persons answering the phone and emails to my counselor, Heather, have been efficient and very helpful. I'm very thankful for Thriveworks because I can count on you when I need you most.
Read more The experience from the persons answering the phone and emails to my counselor, Heather, have been efficient and very helpful. I'm very thankful for Thriveworks because I can count on you when I need you most.
Portage Jun 2019
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Portage is off of Milham Avenue and New Port Road. We are somewhat near a Chick-fil-A, and in the same shopping area as DICK’s, off of Gladys.

Phone number

(269) 264-4920

Languages spoken by MI providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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