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6,586 people sought addiction counseling help in North Carolina in the last year

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

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Domestic Abuse, Narcissism, Anger, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, +11 more

My goal is to assist you through your personal journey of healing, so that you can obtain a more balanced state of being.

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Starting Addiction counseling

What is Addiction counseling?

Addiction counseling therapists at Thriveworks in Winston-Salem, NC 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 Addiction counseling work?

Addiction counseling at Thriveworks in Winston-Salem, NC 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 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 addiction counseling in the first weeks to months.

Need more help deciding?

Dominic is a great dad, boss, and husband. His neighbors see a man who has it all. Dominic is a perfectionist, and he has been successful at most things… with one major exception. Since he was a kid, he has felt intense anxiety and shame. His neighbors see perfection, but Dominic never feels like enough. To cope, he has used alcohol for as long as he can remember. He is good at hiding it, but as the stress in his life has escalated, so has his use. Each time he drinks, Dominic tells himself, that is the last time… next time, I will be stronger. However, Dominic has an addiction, and fighting an addiction is not about being stronger or having more willpower. Addiction is a disease, and like any serious illness, it often requires treatment from a mental health professional. The good news is that treatment options are available.

“I got sober. I stopped killing myself with alcohol. I began to think: ‘Wait a minute –
if I can stop doing this, what are the possibilities?’
And slowly it dawned on me that it was maybe worth the risk.”
― Craig Ferguson

Some people who struggle with addiction are like Dominic—they are fighting substance abuse (for example, prescription drugs, marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, food, opioids, more). Some people who struggle with an addiction are not like Dominic—instead of fighting substance abuse, they are fighting a compulsive behavior (like gambling, sex, shopping, video games, and more). Addiction can look very different from person to person, but however addiction shows itself, what is happening to an individual’s brain is the same. Addiction is a disease that knocks people’s brains off balance. Treatment options focus on resetting the brain and restoring its healthy balance.

The addiction therapists at Thriveworks Counseling in Winston-Salem understand what addiction is, how it functions, and how to fight it. We have worked with many clients who are battling addiction in some form, and we have helped them achieve sobriety and regain control of their lives. If you are struggling with addiction, consider working with one of our addiction therapists. Call today to schedule your appointment.

Addiction’s Red Flags

It is an abstract thing to say that addiction changes the brain. These internal changes are not visible to the naked eye, but they are nonetheless real. A more tangible measure may be the physical, behavioral, and emotional responses that these changes produce. The following are signs that addiction may have taken hold within an individual’s brain…

Physical Red Flags for Addiction (especially for substance abuse)

  • Being hyperactive or lethargic (depending upon the drug)
  • Excessive sniffing while not ill
  • Repetitive speech
  • Weight loss
  • Red eyes, dilated pupils
  • Being undernourished or pale
  • Body odor that is unpleasant or different

Behavioral Red Flags for Addiction

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

Emotional Red Flags for Addiction

  • Obnoxious, silly, easily confused
  • Defensiveness
  • Loss of interest in people/activities that were once valued
  • An inability to handle stress Irritability
  • Lack of awareness about the problem: denial, rationalizations, minimizations, blame, diversions

Risk Factors for Addiction

Right now, 21 million Americans are fighting an addiction, and even more know what it is like to fight because they have struggled in the past and won. Certain factors can increase an individual’s risk for addiction. Some of those factors include a person’s genetic make-up, but circumstances can also contribute. In particular, peer pressure and emotional numbing can raise a person’s risk of addiction:

  1. Peer pressure: What often starts as a stress-reliever with friends can quickly turn into an addiction. This can occur at any age—not just in adolescence. Over time, the activity or substance use that began as a group activity may be escalated and isolated and compulsive.
  2. Emotional Numbing: Many people who develop an addiction have experienced the worst that life can offer. They may have survived trauma, child abuse, abandonment, neglect, poverty, and more. They may feel intense and difficult emotions like fear, anger, shame, loneliness, and guilt. They may not know how to handle those feelings, and addiction offers the false promise of relief. Addiction, however, never delivers.

Addiction Therapy at Thriveworks Counseling in Winston-Salem in Forsyth County

If you recognize some of the red flags for addiction or some of the risk factors for addiction, know that reaching out for help sooner rather than later may be the right step. The therapists at Thriveworks in Winston-Salem would like you to know that help is available. We also would like you to know that…

  • Having addiction is not a sign of weakness—it is a disease that can develop in anyone.
  • Addiction was not your choice—we know you do not want this struggle either.
  • You are not alone—we understand what you are facing. Our professionals are dedicated to supporting their clients.

If you are ready for treatment, the therapists are ready to get started too. When you contact our office, you may have your first appointment within 24 hours. A scheduling specialist will answer your call and help you make an appointment. We offer evening and weekend sessions, but we do not put our clients on a waitlist. Many insurance plans are accepted. Let us be your ally as you fight addiction. Contact us today.

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 Winston-Salem therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Caresource

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Winston-Salem
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

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Clifford Feb 2024
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★★★★★
My Therapist Sara M. is an amazing Therapist. She is an excellent listener, coach, and is very attentive to the needs of the patient. I was able to connect with her in ways that I have not been able to connect with prior therapist. I am truly grateful to have found Thrivewoks and their referral to Sara M.
Read more My Therapist Sara M. is an amazing Therapist. She is an excellent listener, coach, and is very attentive to the needs of the patient. I was able to connect with her in ways that I have not been able to connect with prior therapist. I am truly grateful to have found Thrivewoks and their referral to Sara M.
Gloria Feb 2024
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Customer service was horrible! All I simply wanted to do was update my insurance and the process was extremely frustrating
Read more Customer service was horrible! All I simply wanted to do was update my insurance and the process was extremely frustrating
Shereen Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Suzanne is an excellent therapist. She is professional, listens intently and cares about my well being. I could write much more, and suffice to say that she’s simply the best!!!
Read more Suzanne is an excellent therapist. She is professional, listens intently and cares about my well being. I could write much more, and suffice to say that she’s simply the best!!!
Sandra Jan 2024
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★★★★★
Great experience with Suzanne Hillin
Clifford Dec 2023
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★★★★★
I’ve worked side-by-side with Suzanne Hillin on the frontlines of addiction, trauma, and serious mental illness for several years. Her knowledge of her profession runs deep, as well as her warmth, care, and concern for her clients. She’s the counselor you’ll want in your corner when facing any kind of challenge life throws your way.
Read more I’ve worked side-by-side with Suzanne Hillin on the frontlines of addiction, trauma, and serious mental illness for several years. Her knowledge of her profession runs deep, as well as her warmth, care, and concern for her clients. She’s the counselor you’ll want in your corner when facing any kind of challenge life throws your way.
Winston-Salem Jan 2022
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Suzanne gave creative ideas for situations to be applied. She showed care and concern. I have recommended her to others.
Read more Suzanne gave creative ideas for situations to be applied. She showed care and concern. I have recommended her to others.
Winston-Salem Dec 2021
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★★★★★
Kysha Duncan is an awesome therapist. She shows empathy and compassion, as well as professionalism. She's a therapist that you don't mind talking to about anything because you know you won't be judged. She has her own unique way of empowering you towards your journey of healthy mental health.
Read more Kysha Duncan is an awesome therapist. She shows empathy and compassion, as well as professionalism. She's a therapist that you don't mind talking to about anything because you know you won't be judged. She has her own unique way of empowering you towards your journey of healthy mental health.
Winston-Salem Mar 2021
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Winston-Salem is located off Country Club Rd between Greenwich Road and S Stratford Rd, in the Highland Plaza building. Across the street you will see the Winston-Salem Fire Station and we currently share the building with PNC Bank.

Phone number

(336) 203-8853

Languages spoken by NC providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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