Substance Abuse

Loretta M. Vasso, M.S., CADC, CCP has been a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor since 1990.

“I firmly believe that there is an innate propensity for health and wellness in everyone. However, I also believe that there is no one clear path that is right for everyone. I, therefore, do not restrict myself or my clients to any single or particular way of achieving or maintaining sobriety, abstinence or serenity. My focus is on reducing suffering from addictions and on helping my clients to create lives in which they feel happy, joyous and free. The process recognizes that results are a matter of your intentions, choices, commitment and actions taken toward building a strong foundation and creating a life worth staying healthy for.

I will help you to:

  • Evaluate your desire and willingness for sobriety
  • Set intentions for maintaining abstinence
  • Help you develop a plan of recovery that is designed for success
  • Discover and manifest your desires
  • Joyfully harmonize and flow with your experience of sobriety
  • Understand and celebrate the things you truly value in life and that are within your power to control.

Some of the methods I might use are:

  • Evaluating your starting point
  • Co-Creating
  • Law of Attraction
  • Wound and obstacle identification
  • Intention setting
  • Inner child/adolescent work
  • Meditation
  • Creative Visualization

Recovery in any of the 12-Step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.), Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.), Cocaine Anonymous (C.A.), Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) can be a very helpful for many people. I recognize, however, that it is not for everyone.  Individualized recovery plans, designed for success, must be a collaborative effort between therapist and client.

Recovery for family members in 12-Step programs such as Alanon, Nar-Anon, Co-Anon, Parents Anonymous is also addressed, as appropriate.

Support if You are Still Using

For those of you who want things to get better, but you aren’t certain as to whether or not you must quit whatever it is that you are using or doing, Counseling can provide an impartial view of your current situation, through the use of objective tests that have proven to be reliable for many years. You may also gain a new perspective on your circumstances and be guided through the decision and planning process.

Support in Early Recovery

If you’re new in recovery or just coming home from treatment, Substance Abuse Counseling can smooth your transition and help you find a support group that is right for you. If meetings aren’t for you, counseling can still help you create a successful recovery. You may also be referred to peer support organizations, if it is determined that these services would be beneficial.

Support in Middle Recovery

Middle recovery can be a surprisingly challenging time. After a few years, your energy can shift from figuring out how to stay sober to choosing what kind of life you want. Counseling can help you reach your potential professionally, socially, economically and within your family, while maintaining stable recovery. You stop playing small and achieve things beyond what you currently believe is possible. Recovery becomes the joy of purposeful living.

Support in Long-Term Recovery

If you’re in long-term recovery, it may be time now to do what you’ve always intended or become who you’ve always wanted to be. It may be time to face what has limited you and really take effective control of your life. Counseling can help you remember what is important to you, how to have fun, what your dreams are, what got in your way of accomplishing those dreams and how to create a life that reflects your highest potential.

The fee for a counseling session is typically $120 for a 50-minute hour. If additional time is needed, a session may extend beyond an hour at a rate of $1 per minute. This allows the client to adjust the time that is reasonable given their financial considerations. It also allows us to continue working, if we have reached a critical point in the session.  Although I do not accept insurance payments, I do work with a sliding scale when there is demonstrated financial need.”

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