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Unread 07-21-2013, 07:25 PM   #1
Amy412
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Hello,
I was wondering you all could give me some pointers on how to find a good counselor. Right now I am tapering. I was at 20mgs a day for 3 1/2 yrs. I am down to 6mgs a day. I plan on trying 4mgs a day with in the next week or so.
I have made amazing changes with my life and think that I have "retrained" my brain for the most part. I def do not think and act the way I did when in active addiction. However I have yet to have any drug counseling. I do have a reg therapist for depression, anxiety and PTSD, but just dont feel like we are a good fit and we dont focus on my addiction. Is there a certain title I should be looking for, like addiction specialist? Do I just call my ins and get a list of names from them?
I am hesitant with calling my ins (medicare) because they have not been of great help in the past when trying to find a GP, so I dont know if they'll be much help with a counselor.
I live in PA. Any sites that can help me find the a good therapist for addiction?
I feel that this is the last step that I will need (besides jumping off subs) to be successful in my recovery. I really need someone to talk to and maybe some group sessions or something. I'm not big on NA. Had bad expierence and havent really given it another shot.
For those with ins and in counseling, does your ins cover your sessions?

I would really appreciate any advice or info. Hoping to find a therapist/counselor asap.
Thanks!
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Unread 07-21-2013, 08:41 PM   #2
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I went to psychology today , therapists have to pay to be on it and they have pictures and profiles , religious preferences and specialties
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Unread 07-21-2013, 10:12 PM   #3
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Bizzby45,
Thank you! I just checked it out and there seems to be a few good choices. Going to check out and see if any accept my ins.
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Unread 07-22-2013, 07:23 AM   #4
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Hi Amy, have you asked your Suboxone doctor for a recommendation? This link has local resources: http://www.treatmentmatch.org/local/index.cfm Just put in your zip code, and the second block will list the Closest Counselors/Therapists who have registered to be on the site.

Interview the counselor, you need to make sure that s/he doesn't have a problem with medication-assisted treatment. We've seen some people who found therapists only to discover that they were 12-step based and shunned medication-assisted treatment. So you want to find someone who agrees with that avenue of addiction treatment.

Here are some support groups other than NA. I included AA because a lot of times Suboxone patients find it much more forgiving than NA. But, on the other hand, there is really no reason to disclose that you're a Suboxone patient. It's really no one's business what medications you take.

Celebrate Recovery
Christian-based recovery meetings.
http://www.celebraterecovery.com/

LifeRing
A non-religious self-help recovery organization for individuals who seek group support to achieve abstinence from alcohol and other addictive drugs.
http://lifering.org/

Smart Recovery
Self Management and Recovery Training. Based on ever-evolving scientific knowledge.
http://www.smartrecovery.org/

Secular Organizations for Sobriety
Self-empowerment approach to recovery.
http://www.cfiwest.org/sos/index.htm

Women for Sobriety
Peer support for helping women overcome alcohol dependence and other addictions.
http://www.womenforsobriety.org/

AA
http://www.aa.org/lang/en/subpage.cfm?page=28

Let us know how the search goes.

Nancy
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Unread 12-17-2014, 09:35 AM   #5
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I would try asking your suboxone doctor. My old doctor gave me a couple options.
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