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Dr. Elizabeth MacGregor

Theravive Counselor


Most Insurances Accepted, including Medicare

Drug Addiction Counseling

Drug Addiction and Abuse

Many people use drugs as an escape from their physical and emotional discomfort. Drugs are a means for some to deal with their stress and numb their emotions so that they can block out uncomfortable feelings.  Drugs create or alter feelings by altering brain chemistry. And unfortunately, drugs do physiological damage to the nervous system. Since the brain has no pain receptors, the damage can go undetected until the addict has altered their behavior in unhealthy ways. And because addiction affects the brain and its function, it compels the addict to constantly seek out drugs. Compulsive drug use is typical of drug abuse. And like alcohol addiction, drug addicts live in denial of their addiction. But it is treatable.

Teenage Drug Abuse

Drug addiction among teens is 10 times more prevalent than what parents expect. And sometimes drug use starts even younger. Kids sometimes start to use drugs because they are curious or from peer pressure. And sometimes they start drug use because of emotional problems or they come from a home where drugs are used by a parent or sibling. So it’s important to set a good example by avoiding substance abuse yourself. Don’t use pills or alcohol to cope with your own stress.

Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse is on the rise in alarming numbers. And it’s a well-kept secret in many homes across America, from housewives to corporate executives. Many times prescription drug use starts with taking prescription drugs for chronic pain problems or injuries. And then long after the pain is gone, the addiction remains. Or sometimes the root cause of the physical pain is never really addressed and the abuser continues taking the drugs for pain that is never alleviated.

Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is a natural stimulant that over stimulates the central nervous system, producing an artificial state of euphoria. Most users begin their cocaine addiction by snorting and go on to injecting or freebasing. Cocaine dependency can occur instantly after freebasing or using crack. Usually the only limiting factor in their cocaine use is the high cost of this pricey drug. Binging on cocaine may lead to agitation, anxiety and paranoia. Cocaine abusers can even experience a state of paranoid psychosis, in which they have a break with reality and experience auditory hallucinations.

Cocaine Treatment

Purging the drug from the body takes only about 2 weeks, but overcoming the psychological urge to use takes 18 – 24 months of intense counseling.

Don’t try to solve this problem alone. If you recognize yourself or a loved one here, a trained professional counselor can help. Reach out to a therapist who is skilled and experienced in helping with drug addiction. 

Montville Counseling Center also participates with Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for counseling for substance abuse and alcohol addiction. An EAP is a benefit offered by some employers to their employees and their family members to help resolve personal issues with professional and confidential counseling services. Check to see if you are covered by your employer with this benefit.