Do you know how to spot a possible addiction?

Posted on: November 15th, 2018 by janet No Comments

If you’re concerned that you or someone you know has an addiction, it can be difficult to know for sure.  There is an assessment that can be helpful to make this determination.  It’s relevant to both substance and behavioral addictions. Just apply the three C’s:


Craving – the person has an intense, abnormal need to use their substance of choice or conduct the unhealthy behavior.  It’s as if the person cannot do without it.


Compulsion – the person has an irresistible, repetitive urge to use or behave, especially against one’s wishes.  The person is not in control and cannot resist.


Continued use despite the negative consequences –  addiction has many serious negative consequences. It can cause loss of job, broken relationships, financial distress, and legal problems.  The person continues to use or behave despite these negative consequences.


If you suspect an addiction is present, it’s critical that help is received as soon as possible.  Contact an addiction specialist … Continue reading

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Heading to Therapy for the First Time? Commonly Asked Questions Answered

Posted on: November 16th, 2017 by positiveoutlookcounseling No Comments

Maybe your marriage isn’t quite where you feel like it should be. Perhaps you are struggling with a new transition in your life. Or it could be that you are dealing with depression or anxiety.

Regardless of the specifics, counseling can beneficial for a number of things you are going through. You will be more at ease coming in for the first time if you know what to expect.

Here are 5 commonly asked questions for people coming in for their first session at Positive Outlook Counseling and the answers:

1. Do you take my insurance and if not, how much is it?

This question is easily the most asked. At Positive Outlook Counseling, we have decided to be an out-of-network provider, in order for you to remain in control of your wellness process and to keep your confidentiality safe.  All insurance companies require a diagnosis (this becomes part of your PERMANENT health record and can hinder you getting employment … Continue reading

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