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Stepping Away from Substance Abuse with Counseling


Stepping Away from Substance Abuse with Counseling


Substance abuse is the harmful use of drugs or alcohol outside medical purposes. For many, it involves the use of prescription or over-the-counter medications and alcohol. Some people may also misuse caffeine, nicotine, and volatile substances for various reasons, including relaxation, fun, or to escape problems and dull pain.


Possible Reasons for Substance Misuse

Dependence on substances is a complex health issue that is difficult to both define and treat. It is surrounded by varying opinions, values, and beliefs. Emotional, social, and physiological factors are often blamed for a person’s addiction to drugs or alcohol.

According to a report from the National Bureau of Economic Research, there is a definitive connection between mental conditions and substance use. Studies reveal that a vast number of substance users are likely to have significant emotional difficulties. It is therefore important to seek treatment that can address both substance abuse and emotional issues at the same time.

A family history of substance abuse can lay the foundation for excessive use of a substance. Another factor could be academic or social pressure. Ultimately, it is important to acknowledge that reasons for substance use vary from one individual to another. Regardless of the reason, when the dependence starts interfering with daily functioning, relationships, health, and well-being, it is time to seek help.

Like any condition, substance abuse and its symptoms will not dissipate and the issues will not resolve themselves unless treatment is sought. The service of a competent counselor may be necessary to help curb the urge or end the cycle of substance use. Be aware that if your loved one is a substance abuser, they may keep it from you and deny the need for help.


When to Call for Professional Intervention

Individuals who are dependent on a substance may have a greater tolerance or needed dosage to reach the desired state. This could mean drinking binges for many hours or days for alcoholics, or near-fatal doses for drug users. These can be very dangerous, requiring professional help right away.

Chronic substance abuse can lead to a number of physical health problems. Overdoses of many commonly abused drugs can be fatal. Injecting addictive substances coupled with other unsafe behaviors poses a risk of infections such as HIV and hepatitis. Too much alcohol can cause liver cirrhosis, heart and circulatory ailments, and even untimely death.

Watch out too for withdrawal symptoms, such as depression, insomnia, irritability, and fatigue. Long-term substance abuse may also contribute to or exacerbate emotional issues such as depression, anxiety, mood conditions, etc.

There are many physical and behavioral symptoms that may indicate abuse of a substance. Regardless of the kind of drugs or alcohol used, the telltale signs are similar:

  • Dramatic change in behavior
  • Relationship problems due to sudden withdrawal from loved ones
  • Mood swings
  • Lack of personal hygiene
  • Loss of interest in enjoyable activities
  • Reversed sleeping schedule, awake at night and asleep during the day
  • Frequent sniffing or runny nose
  • Red or glassy eyes

When two or more of these signs are present, it is definitely time to take action and seek a focused intervention by a professional. Early acknowledgement and treatment of substance abuse can make a big difference in promoting recovery and preventing lifelong adverse effects, for both the addicted person and their loved ones.


Seeking Counseling with Long-Lasting Effects

If you or someone you care for is grappling with substance use, sobriety may seem like a hopeless goal. However, recovery is always a possibility with the right treatment and support. There may be some pitfalls, lapses, and setbacks along the way, but it’s important not to give up. Recognizing the need for help is vital to a successful recovery. Seeking counseling from a reputable organization takes you many steps away from substance use.

Get the help you need from Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC. Our independently contracted counselors are more than just therapists—they have the commitment and desire to help people with substance use issues. After evaluation, you’ll be matched with a counselor who has working knowledge about substance use.

Whether your issue involves alcohol, prescription drugs, inhalants, or injected substances, your treatment will be tailored according to your needs. More importantly, you’ll be treated with respect, compassion, and understanding. The counselors practice professional ethics and maintain privacy and confidentiality.

Recovery and wellness may not happen overnight. It may take time, commitment, and dedication to eventually reap the benefits of counseling, but with CCS in Fuquay-Varina, NC, you’re no longer alone. The right-fit therapist will journey with you on your way to recovery and work with you to set long-term goals to get your life back.


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Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Fuquay-Varina, NC

Counties: Wake County NC

Cities: Fuquay-Varina NC, Holly Springs NC, Angier NC, Duncan NC, Chalybeate Springs NC, Feltonville NC, Garner NC, Kennebec NC, Willow Springs NC, Cokesbury NC, Holland NC, Wilbon NC, Apex NC

Zip Codes: 27501, 27502, 27523, 27526, 27529, 27539, 27540, 27592

We are located at:

Carolina Counseling Services - Fuquay-Varina, NC
602 E. Academy St. Ste. 103
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

(910) 624-6973

602 E. Academy St. Suite 102

Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

How Do I Set Up my FIRST Appointment?

  • Call: (910) 624-6973 (Fastest way to schedule)
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  • Appointment scheduling for NEW clients: Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:15pm
  • New client appts may be scheduled when therapists have openings, which may include daytime, evenings and weekends.
  • Established/Standing Appointments are made directly with your therapist!
  • Referrals: MOST beneficiaries do NOT need a Referral!

View the independently contracted, Caring, Licensed Therapists. Who is the Best Fit for you?

  • Kimberly Tran, PhD, HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Individuals, Couples, anxiety, PTSD, trauma (adults who have experienced childhood physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, Wounded Warrior) grief and loss, relationship issues, addiction, recovery, co-occuring substance abuse, couple/marital concerns, personality disorders, mood disorders.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime), Medicare and cash
    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Laura Coyle, PhD, HSP-P

    Specializes in: (Ages 3+) Children, Adolescents, Couples, Individuals, Family, anxiety, persistent sadness and depression, mood swings, responses to trauma, grief, behavioral concerns, autism spectrum disorders, attention difficulties, excessive procrastination, challenges related to physical health concerns, relational conflicts, problematic alcohol or drug use, problematic eating patterns, communication difficulties, Affirmative and Multiculturally Competent Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime) Medicare and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Teshia Utley-McKoy, MS, LPC

    Specializes in: (Ages 4+) Children, Adolescents, Individuals, Marriage and Couples counseling, Anxiety issues, Parent-child relational issues, Spirituality, Behavior Management, ADHD, ODD, PTSD Trauma, Self-Esteem, Depression, Grief and Loss, Adjustment and Transitional Issues, Coping Skills, Christian counseling.
    Insurance: BCBS, Tricare (to include Tricare Prime), HSA/FSA and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC

  • Rachel Macko, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 18+) Adults, Individuals, Anxiety, Panic Disorder, OCD, Depression, Mood Disorders, PTSD, Trauma, Acute Stress Disorder, Chronic Pain/Health Concerns, Grief and Loss, Adjustment/Transitional Issues, Coping issues, Sleep Issues, Communication issues. Mindfulness Training and EMDR are available.
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Tricare Prime/Select, Cash, HSA and FSA accepted

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC
  • Sherry Horowitz, LCSW

    Specializes in: (Ages 10+) Children, Adolescents/Teens, Adults, Individuals, Couples, Families, Communication Skills, Mood Disorders, Adjustment Disorders, ADHD, Couples/Marriage Counseling, Grief and Loss, Parenting Issues, Panic Attacks, Issues Related to Military Families, Self-Esteem, Sleep Issues, Positive Behavior Modification, Eating Disorders, Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Self-esteem, Body Image Issues, Grief and loss, ADHD in girls and women
    Insurance: BCBS, Medicare, Tricare, HSA/FSA and cash

    Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express

    Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC