Addiction Counseling Services in Bourbonnais, Illinois 2017-11-14T08:41:54+00:00

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Addiction Counseling

Recovery, repair and healing is always possible when you have a plan of care oriented to your specific type of addiction. Addiction counseling identifies and addresses the core issues while working to create new pathways for coping strategies.

Life in Balance clinicians provide active Life Coaching, Person Centered Spiritual Guidance (if requested), as well as a holistic medical integrated coordination care plan to help create a bridge from addiction to wellness and healing one day at a time. By having a team to help you change your thoughts and behaviors, you can change your life.

Once you understand the root of your addiction, your spouse or other family members may be asked to participate in your therapy. By bringing the family into the therapy sessions, we can provide an honest forum where long-standing communication barriers can finally be shattered, allowing your family to learn how they can help you take positive steps toward an addiction-free life.

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We are IAODAPCA certified CRADC counselors specializing in treating addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

Alcohol Addiction

Drug and Alcohol Addiction covers a wide array of problems involving the person, the body’s physiology and the ongoing biological pressure to continue on the addiction pathway. Drug and Alcohol Addiction alters and changes family, friendship and also permanently changes once sense of normal while also deteriorating and over time destroying the human body and the brain.

The stages leading to Alcohol Intoxication are:

Stage 1 – Euphoria – Fine motor skills are lacking, brighter color in the face, lowered inhibitions, talkative, difficulty concentrating

Stage 2 – Excitement – Impaired judgment, slow reaction time, beginnings of erratic behavior, drowsy, poor coordination, senses are dulled

Stage 3 – Confusion – Pain is dulled, slurred speech, blurred vision, difficulty walking, exaggerated emotions

Stage 4 – Stupor – Apathetic, decreased response to stimuli, unconsciousness is possible, vomiting, cannot stand or walk

Stage 5 – Coma – Slow pulse, shallow breathing, possible death, low body temperature, unconscious

Stage 6 – Death – Death because of respiratory arrest

It is important to remember that even though alcohol is legal to consume for those over 21, it’s perception of socially acceptable can catch up to anyone who may be unaware of the daily frequency becoming a serious dependency negatively impacting.

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Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana Addiction covers a wide array of problems involving the person, the body’s physiology and the ongoing biological pressure to continue on the addiction pathway. Marijuana Addiction alters and changes family, friendship and also permanently changes once sense of normal while also deteriorating and over time destroying the human body and the brain.

Symptoms of intoxication or side effects of using Marijuana/Cannabis are the following: 

  • Euphoria
  • Relaxation
  • Drowsiness
  • Altered sense of time
  • Impaired memory
  • Slowed reflexes and impaired motor skills
  • Bloodshot eyes
  • Increased appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased heart rate
  • Cognitive impairment

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Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction covers a wide array of problems involving the person, the body’s physiology and the ongoing biological pressure to continue on the addiction pathway. Opiate Addiction alters and changes family, friendship and also permanently changes once sense of normal while also deteriorating and over time destroying the human body and the brain.

The most common opiate drugs abused are the following.

  • Heroin
  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone (trade names include: OxyContin and Percocet)
  • Hydrocodone (trade names include: Vicodin and Lortab)
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl

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Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine Addiction covers a wide array of problems involving the person, the body’s physiology and the ongoing biological pressure to continue on the addiction pathway. Cocaine Addiction alters and changes family, friendship and also permanently changes once sense of normal while also deteriorating and over time destroying the human body and the brain.

Symptoms of intoxication or side effects of using Cocaine are the following: 

  • An increasing sense of energy and alertness
  • An extremely elevated mood
  • A feeling of supremacy
  • Irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Inability to feel pleasure
  • Increased craving for cocaine
  • Physical symptoms including aches, pains, tremors, and chills

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Inhalant Addiction

Inhalant Addiction covers a wide array of problems involving the person, the body’s physiology and the ongoing biological pressure to continue on the addiction pathway. Inhalant Addiction alters and changes family, friendship and also permanently changes once sense of normal while also deteriorating and over time destroying the human body and the brain.

Symptoms of intoxication or side effects of using Inhalants are the following:

  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Euphoria
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions

Repeated inhalant abuse may result in symptoms such as:

  • Loss of inhibitions
  • Lack of control
  • Periods of drowsy feelings that last several hours
  • Lingering headache
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Long term use inhalant use in all its forms creates potential for permanent physiological damage in the body systems:

  • Hearing loss (spray paints, glues, dewaxers, dry-cleaning chemicals, correction fluids)
  • Peripheral neuropathies resulting in difficulty with moving hands and feet or limb spasms (glues, gasoline, whipped cream dispensers, gas cylinders)
  • Central nervous system or brain damage (spray paints, glues, dewaxers)
  • Bone marrow damage (gasoline)
  • Liver and kidney damage (correction fluids, dry-cleaning fluids)
  • Blood oxygen depletion (varnish removers, paint thinners)

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Heroin Addiction

Heroin Addiction covers a wide array of problems involving the person, the body’s physiology and the ongoing biological pressure to continue on the addiction pathway. Heroin Addiction alters and changes family, friendship and also permanently changes once sense of normal while also deteriorating and over time destroying the human body and the brain.

Symptoms of intoxication or side effects of using heroin are the following:

  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Euphoria
  • Dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions

The most common symptoms of heroin addiction include the following: 

  • Depression
  • Euphoria
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Hostility toward others
  • Agitation and irritability
  • Lying about drug use
  • Avoiding loved ones
  • Weight loss
  • Scabs or bruises as the result of picking at the skin
  • Delusions
  • Disorientation
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Decreased attention to personal hygiene
  • Possession of burned spoons, needles or syringes, missing shoelaces, glass pipes
  • Stashing drug in various places around the home, car, and work
  • Periods of hyperactivity followed by periods of exhaustion
  • Inability to fulfill responsibilities at work or school
  • Increased sleeping
  • Apathy and lack of motivation
  • Decline in occupational or academic performance
  • Slurred speech
  • Shortness of breath
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Dry mouth
  • Wearing long pants and shirts, even in warm weather
  • Going “on the nod” during conversation
  • Forced, pressured speech
  • Track marks on arms and legs
  • Warm, flushed skin
  • Constricted pupils
  • Extreme itching

Long term use heroin use in all its forms creates potential for permanent physiological damage in the body systems: 

  • Liver disease
  • Skin disease and abscesses around injection sites
  • Infections of the valves and lining of the heart
  • HIV or Hepatitis B and C
  • Chronic pneumonia
  • Clouded mental functioning
  • Collapsed, scarred veins
  • Blood clots, leading to stroke, pulmonary embolism, and heart attack
  • Kidney disease
  • Risks of contracting chronic illnesses
  • Risks for blood-borne pathogens
  • Septicemia
  • Respiratory depression
  • Seizures
  • Overdose
  • Death

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Nicotine Addiction

Nicotine Addiction covers a wide array of problems involving the person, the body’s physiology and the ongoing biological pressure to continue on the addiction pathway. Nicotine alters and changes family, friendship and also permanently changes once sense of normal while also deteriorating and over time destroying the human body and the brain.

Symptoms of nicotine withdrawal include:

  • Anxiety
  • Cravings
  • Depression
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Impaired performance
  • Increased appetite and weight gain
  • Irritability, frustration and anger
  • Restlessness and impatience
  • Sleep disturbances, such as insomnia or sleeping too much

It is important to remember that even though nicotine is legal to consume for those over 18, its use negatively impacts lungs and heart as well as the larger circulatory system of the

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Sexual Addiction

Sexual Addiction covers a wide array of problems involving the person, the body’s physiology and the ongoing biological pressure to continue on the addiction pathway. Sexual Addiction alters and changes family, friendship and also permanently changes once sense of what is normal in intimate relationships.

Easy access and availability to the internet via smartphones, tablets and interactive television has made sex addiction increasingly easier to obtain to interact with.

The symptoms of sex addiction includes:

  • Compulsive masturbation, with or without pornography (including online porn and traditional forms of porn, like magazines, VHS tapes and DVDs)
  • Consistently visiting strip clubs, adult bookstores and other sex-focused environments
  • Engaging in multiple affairs and/or brief “serial” relationships
  • Participating in prostitution (hiring or providing), including “sensual massage”
  • Seeking and engaging in sexual activity without thinking about potential consequences
  • Repeatedly engaging in anonymous and/or casual sex with people met online or in-person
  • Repeatedly engaging in unprotected sex
  • Misdemeanor sexual offenses such as voyeurism and exhibitionism

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Internet Addiction

Internet Addiction covers a wide array of problems involving the person, the body’s physiology and the ongoing biological pressure to continue on the addiction pathway. Internet Addiction alters and changes family, friendship and a person’s ability to hold a job. Internet addiction thrives in secrecy and increasingly is associated with pornography and an online shadow-life or shadow-personality or overuse of apps and social media.

The following symptoms are typical of online addicts:

  • Feelings of guilt
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Dishonesty
  • Euphoric feelings when in front of the computer
  • Unable to keep schedules
  • No sense of time
  • Isolation
  • Defensiveness
  • Avoiding doing work
  • Agitation

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Crystal Meth Addiction

Crystal Meth (ICE) Addiction covers a wide array of problems involving the person, the body’s physiology and the ongoing biological pressure to continue on the addiction pathway. Crystal Meth (ICE) Addiction alters and changes family, friendship and also permanently changes once sense of normal while also deteriorating and over time destroying the human body and the brain.

What are the Warning Signs of Meth Addiction?

There are many warning signs that a person may be addicted to methamphetamine. The physical appearance of a person using methamphetamines may provide several key clues:

  • Skin picking: methamphetamine addicts are known to obsessively pick at their skin. The marks left by this picking may look similar to an extreme case of acne, often leaving open sores on the face.
  • Skin crawling: meth addicts also often complain about having crawling skin, a disorder known as formication.
  • Tooth decay: Another common sign is tooth loss or tooth decay, referred to as meth mouth.
  • Hair loss: due to the lack of nutrients in an addict’s body as well as the dangerous chemicals they ingest, hair breakage frequently occurs as well.

What Are the Effects of Methamphetamine Abuse?

Long term effects of methamphetamine use may include:

  • Addiction
  • Psychosis, including:
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Repetitive motor activity
  • Changes in brain structure and function
  • Memory loss
  • Aggressive or violent behavior
  • Mood disturbances
  • Severe dental problems
  • Weight loss

What is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine is a white, odorless, bitter-tasting crystalline powder that easily dissolves in water or alcohol. In comparison to similar stimulants, much higher levels of methamphetamine enter the brain, making it a more potent stimulant drug. It also has longer lasting and more harmful effects on the central nervous system.

Methamphetamine has many street names, such as speed, meth, and chalk. Methamphetamine hydrochloride, the crystal form inhaled by smoking, is referred to as ice, crystal, glass, and tina.

  • Respiratory depression
  • Seizures
  • Overdose
  • Death

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Gambling Addiction

Gambling Addiction covers a wide array of problems involving the person, the body’s physiology and the ongoing biological pressure to continue on the addiction pathway. Gambling Addiction alters and changes family, friendship and also permanently changes once sense of normal in family and social life and can lead to detrimental financial problems.

If a person shows four or five of these symptoms in a year, they’re believed to have a mild gambling disorder; six or seven symptoms suggest a moderately severe case and eight or nine symptoms indicate the most severe form of gambling addiction. Symptoms include:

  • Gambling with bigger and bigger sums in order to attain the same thrill
  • Becoming irritable when attempting to reduce gambling
  • Making repeated attempts to cut back or stop gambling
  • Being preoccupied with gambling and constantly thinking about past experiences and upcoming opportunities
  • Gambling when depressed or anxious
  • Returning to gamble after a bad outing, to recoup losses
  • Concealing or mischaracterizing the extent of the gambling
  • Losing or being close to losing a valued relationship, job or opportunity because of gambling
  • Seeking financial help from others after gambling losses

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Co-dependency Relationship Addiction

Co-Dependent Relationship Addiction covers a wide array of problems involving the person, the body’s physiology and the ongoing biological pressure to continue on the addiction pathway. Co-Dependent Relationship Addiction alters and changes family, friendship and a person’s ability to leave their home or trust others in their life.

Identifying Behaviors of Those with Codependent Relationship Addictive Behavior:

  • Feeling responsible for solving others’ problems: The codependent feels the need to solve another’s problems. The codependent believes that help is needed and that the person in need cannot manage to make the right decisions or take the right actions to solve his or her own problems. Without the codependent’s input, disaster for the other person is assured.
  • Offering advice to others whether it is asked for or not: The codependent jumps at the opportunity to provide much-needed advice. The codependent offers an endless stream of good advice regardless of whether the advice has been asked for or not.
  • Expecting others to do what the codependent says: Once advice has been given, the codependent expects the advice to be followed. Codependents often do not understand boundaries.
  • Feeling used and unappreciated for all the codependent does: The codependent will expend enormous amounts of energy to take charge of another’s life-all under the guise of sincerely wanting to help. When the help or advice is ignored or rejected, the codependent feels angry, abused, and unappreciated.
  • Trying to please people so others will like or love the codependent: Codependents will go out of their way to please another, hoping to receive love, approval, or be accepted and liked. If the approval is not given, the codependent will feel victimized.
  • Taking everything personally: Because there are little to no boundaries in the codependent’s life, any remark, comment or action is a reflection back upon the codependent. This makes the need to feel in control paramount.
  • Feeling like a victim: Everything that happens either to the codependent or the loved one is a reflection on the codependent. Such people usually feel victimized and powerless and do not understand their role in creating their own reality.
  • Using manipulation, shame, or guilt to control others’ behavior: To get their way codependents will respond in a fashion that will force compliance by others. These tactics may be unconscious. Since everyone else’s behavior is a reflection on the codependent, it is important that the codependent feel in control.
  • Lying to themselves and making excuses for others’ bad behavior: Because codependents do not deal directly with their feelings, they develop techniques to lie to themselves about others’ behaviors. Because they feel responsible for others’ behaviors, they will rationalize and blame others for their loved one’s poor behavior or blame themselves for another’s poor behavior, seeking to maintain control.
  • Fearing rejection and being unlovable: The codependent fears that if he or she is not successful at everything, or indeed expresses his/her feelings or needs, they will be rejected. In a codependent’s way of thinking, he or she will be unlovable. A codependent does not trust others easily or share openly because he or she will be exposed.

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