Altruism Counseling

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Substance Use Disorder Counseling

You know what it's like to wake up in the morning and your first thought is of drugs or alcohol. It’s not fun or helpful anymore, and you don’t want to keep doing it. Yet, time and time again, you find yourself using it anyway.

Your constant companions are guilt and shame. When you’re not using, you’re often consumed with self-hatred over the lies you tell to the people around you, and the loss of faith in your ability to control your life. To make the isolation and fear more bearable, you reach for another, hoping to numb these thoughts.

Managing a substance use disorder can rob you of many things, including your ability to feel joy, love, and hope without substances in your system. On your own, the idea of quitting may feel out of reach or even scary if you’re concerned about withdrawals. Reaching out for help, though not easy, can make all the difference in the world. 

If you live in Kentucky and are managing a substance use disorder, you’re not alone. Every day, more than 28,000 people in Kentucky receive treatment for a variety of substances, including alcohol (10%), substances (61%), or a combination of both (29%).

At Altruism Counseling Services in Lexington, Kentucky, we understand that managing a substance use disorder is both challenging and complex. We know seeking help for SUD takes strength and courage, and we are here to help.  Our approach is rooted in the disease model of addiction, and we follow the belief that addiction is a brain disease..

How We Treat Substance Use Disorder at Altruism Counseling

Altruism Counseling utilizes the Minnesota Hazelton Model of chemical dependency treatment by incorporating a biopsychosocial disease model of addiction that focuses on abstinence as the primary treatment goal. Although this approach initially required 28 to 30 days of inpatient treatment followed by extensive, community-based aftercare, more recent models have shortened inpatient stays considerably and substituted intensive outpatient program (IOP) treatment followed by less intensive continuing care.

Our IOP program uses licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselors, people who are in recovery, and a variety of behavioral and reality-oriented approaches such as - 12-step facilitation, motivational interviewing, and cognitive behavioral therapy. The treatment methods utilized are recovery dynamics, the Matrix Model, and living in balance. Although a disease model of etiology is stressed, the individual patient has the ultimate responsibility for making behavioral changes. Medication-assisted therapy (MAT) may be used in conjunction with therapy.

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Addiction Treatment Programs at Altruism Counseling in Lexington, Kentucky

At Altruism Counseling, we provide treatment for all types of substance use disorders, including opioid and alcohol use disorders, poly-substance use disorders, and co-occurring mental health disorders. We also offer anger management and DUI classes.

We know that each person’s recovery is a unique journey, and their treatment plan should be as well. We strive to ensure that you are acknowledged, understood, and empowered in your path to healing by creating an individual treatment plan to meet your specific needs and situation.

Altruism Counseling provides evidence-based treatment services such as:

  • Outpatient therapy: for addiction and co-occurring disorders with with both weekly day time and evening sessions to meet your schedule and address your concerns. medications such as Suboxone, Vivitrol, and Subutex to help with opioid withdrawal symptoms.
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP): a more comprehensive outpatient program for people who need frequent and structured support. IOP blends several approaches, such as recovery dynamics, living in balance, and the matrix model, to support your life in recovery. During IOP therapy, we help you identify triggers, establish new coping skills, learn relapse prevention techniques, and integrate with a sober community.
  • Medicated-assisted treatment (MAT): provided through our psychiatric partners. MAT includes prescription medications such as Suboxone, Vivitrol, and Subutex to help with opioid withdrawal symptoms.  We acknowledge the challenges of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist. Our team is here to assist and coordinate your MAT scheduling, typically arranging appointments within a couple of days at your convenience.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy, behavioral therapy and 12-step-based therapy: available through individual and group counseling.
  • Targeted Case Management Services: We can support you with essential needs, including securing housing, employment, health insurance, as well as assistance with transportation, education, financial aid, and obtaining an ignition device in case of a DUI.
  • Additional support for co-existing conditions: these include poly-substance use disorders or co-occurring mental health disorders.

How Long Does Substance Use Disorder Counseling Last?

The length of SUD treatment varies according to your needs. For example, some of our outpatient programs have set hours, but the length of treatment may vary.

When determining how long your treatment should last, we consider several factors, such as how severe your use disorder is, how long you’ve been using substances, whether you have a co-occurring mental health condition, and whether you have a strong support system.

We closely monitor client progress so we can make adjustments to your treatment plan if needed. Our mission is to help you live a productive, happy life in recovery.

Where Are Altruism Counseling Services in Lexington, Kentucky, Located?

Altruism Counseling Services is located at

271 W Short St, Suite 508,
Lexington, Kentucky, 40507.

Our phone number is (859) 310-6505.

What Type of Insurance Does Altruism Counseling Accept?

We accept several insurances, including some commercial insurance, Medicaid, and Medicare.

Does Insurance Cover SUD Counseling?

Many insurances do cover counseling for substance use disorders.

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How to Know if You Need Counseling for Substance Use Disorder

Substance use disorder (SUD) often evolves over time in subtle ways. So, how can you tell when it’s crossed the line? 

If you think that you or someone you love may be managing an SUD, the following symptoms are clear indicators that you can benefit from counseling or treatment:

  • You use substances more often or in larger amounts than you intended.
  • You are having a difficult time cutting back or stopping your use.
  • You seem to spend more and more time obtaining, using, and recovering from substance use.
  • You experience cravings when you’re not using.
  • You experience withdrawal symptoms when you’re not using.
  • You neglect your responsibilities at home, or your performance at work or school is declining due to substance use.
  • You’ve lost interest in social, recreational, or work activities that don’t involve substance use.
  • You’ve developed a tolerance to the substance and need more of it to achieve the same effect.
  • You continue using despite the negative effects on your health and brain function.

Still unsure? Everyone’s situation is unique, and, as a result, people experience different symptoms. At Altruism Counseling, we can help at any stage of an SUD. Give us a call anytime, and a caring member of our staff will guide you in the right direction

Finding Your Way Forward From Substance Use Disorder

At Altruism Counseling Services in Lexington, Kentucky, we understand that the challenges of a substance use disorder are complex and unique to each person. Whether you need help with opioids, alcohol, stimulants, or any other substance or combination of substances, our compassionate team is here for you.

Managing an SUD can make you feel isolated, but you are not alone. In the U.S., more than 20 million people were diagnosed with SUD last year. Decades of research have proven that while addiction is chronic, people can recover from it. Countless people have sought and found help to regain control of their lives, and with the right support, you can, too. 

More than 20 million adults say they have recovered or are in recovery from a drug or alcohol addiction. Breaking away from substance use can be a challenge, but treatment can help you do so safely and give you a better chance of long-term recovery.

At Altruism Counseling, we provide family and holistic support to help ensure that your individual needs, goals, and circumstances are a significant part of your recovery plan. SUD counseling can help you to understand the root causes of your substance use disorder, develop coping mechanisms to control triggers, and rebuild relationships that have been affected by substance use. Ultimately, our goal is to help you find purpose, fulfillment, and direction through life in recovery.

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