SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING
IN MILWAUKEE, WI

Addressing the Roots Causes of Addiction in 1-on-1 Therapy

Milwaukee Individual Substance Abuse Counseling

During individual substance abuse counseling at Roots Recovery, our licensed counselors help our clients identify, treat, and heal the underlying causes of their addiction. We have a team of clinical specialists that are experienced in finding the approach that will work best for any single client. As a result, what we offer is anything but “one size fits all”. When an individual finds new recovery tools, an understanding of their addiction, and a renewed purpose in life, they’re better prepared to achieve lasting sobriety.

Our Approach to
Addiction Recovery in Milwaukee

Treatment at Roots Recovery is designed to help a person struggling with substance abuse gradually transition from a place in their life where they need help back into society as a healthier person. During each phase of our Milwaukee addiction rehab — from our intensive Day Treatment programming to multiple levels of Outpatient Treatment programs — clients participate in individual substance abuse counseling, where our therapists work with them to evaluate and understand their deep-rooted issues with addictive substances.

Individual addiction counseling is the opportunity to address the underlying causes of a substance use disorder, develop personal confidence and positive thinking, and gain new coping skills and trigger avoidance strategies to resist substance use in the future.

Milwaukee Dual Diagnosis Treatment

The underlying causes of addiction can cause what is known as a co-occurring disorder, or dual diagnosis. This is when someone suffers from addiction as well as a mental health disorder, such as anxiety or depression. Mental health disorders and addiction can feed into one another, resulting in worse symptoms.

Co-occurring disorders are often difficult to diagnose, but at Roots Recovery, our counselors are experienced in recognizing these conditions. After we’ve determined your dual diagnosis, we can provide you with simultaneous treatments for both your mental health condition and your addiction.

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Compassionate Milwaukee Addiction Therapy

While each of our Milwaukee substance abuse counselors have their own specialties, they all have one thing in common: they’re dedicated to helping clients heal so that they can achieve the successful, sober life they deserve. Each licensed clinician offers a non-judgmental, welcoming, and friendly place for our clients to privately discuss their history with addiction, their recovery struggles, and their life goals.

There is no blanket solution to addressing addiction — that is, there’s no one simple fix that will work for everyone. Each person’s addiction takes a form that depends heavily on the conditions in their life that created it. This means that the most effective process of recovery is unique to each client. That’s why all of our counselors are flexible in their approach to individual therapy: we vary our approach using a mix of evidence-based therapies and techniques in order to find the most efficient road to recovery for each of our clients.

Key Addiction Treatment Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy is an effective and commonly-used talk therapy designed to help clients learn how to manage and overcome stressful situations on their own. Our Milwaukee addiction therapists often use cognitive behavioral therapy to help clients become aware of harmful negative thinking so that they can respond to life challenges and stressors in healthier ways. We also use CBT to empower clients to identify and manage their underlying co-occurring disorders, like anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavioral therapy, or DBT, is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. While CBT encourages clients to talk through their issues, DBT is more focused on changing behavioral patterns. It’s structured to help clients learn how to live in the moment, control their emotions, cope with stress, and improve their relationships. DBT has been used to treat those with borderline personality disorder, as well as self-destructive behaviors like addiction. We use DBT with our clients to help them find self-acceptance and incite positive change.

Trauma-Focused EMDR Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, is a form of therapy that helps relieve stress and negative feelings surrounding traumatic memories. Traumatic events have strong and sometimes debilitating negative feelings associated with them, but during EMDR, the negative response is slowly disconnected from the memory, lessening its impact on the client. Our substance abuse counselors then help clients assign positive thinking to their memories, letting them think more optimistically about themselves and their future beyond their trauma.

Motivational Interviewing

Many people want to change their lives, but sometimes lack the drive and self-confidence to make significant steps towards reaching their goals. The purpose of motivational interviewing is to help clients overcome their insecurities and find the motivation they need to make difficult changes in their life that will lead to positive outcomes. Motivational interviewing is used to help those suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction and other chronic conditions make healthier choices, find motivation, and declare their commitment to change.

Behavioral Activation for Depression

Behavioral activation, or BA, is used to treat depression. Because alcohol or drug addiction is often accompanied by a mental health condition, or a co-occurring disorder, this treatment modality is frequently used during recovery counseling. During BA, our licensed counselors help clients learn to cope with negativity and increase their positive thinking. We focus on helping clients set life goals and make behavioral changes in their daily life that make depression more manageable and allow for more optimistic thinking to take root.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and commitment therapy, or ACT, is an effective treatment approach that uses both cognitive and behavioral therapy techniques. It works by first helping clients accept unpleasant feelings about negative situations that they have experienced in a healthier, more positive way. ACT is also about moving forward with your life and so we help the client focus on their present self, rather than living in the past. Finally, our substance abuse counselors guide clients as they discover their true values, and set goals in keeping with those values.

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Milwaukee Substance Abuse Counseling
at Roots Recovery

Whether you’re just beginning your journey or are continuing your recovery in one of our outpatient rehab programs, we’re proud to offer a dynamic range of healing therapies with our experienced substance abuse counselors. In every one of our substance abuse treatment programs, we’ll help you address the root causes of your addiction so you can move forward with your recovery in a healthier, happier way.