Life Forward Counseling is committed to tailoring treatment based on an individual's specific needs.
Our counselors are eager to help individuals identify problem areas, assist in better decision making skills, learn new ways to cope, and improve interpersonal relationships. Our mission is to assist in guiding a person in making positive changes that will last.
Family involvement can play a key role in the success of a person's recovery. Information is available to the family on drug education, red flags of addiction, and understanding recovery in the home.
Weight Loss Counseling
Before you have weight-loss surgery, it's important to understand what to expect and to prepare yourself, physically and mentally, for what's ahead. Working with a counselor for several weeks prior to the procedure can help set you up for long-term success following surgery.
Weight-loss surgery changes the body's anatomy and biology in a way that helps people lose weight. In many ways, however, the long-term outcome of any bariatric surgery depends less on those changes than it does on a person's behaviors and lifestyle.
In preparation for surgery, you'll work with a counselor who specializes in helping people prepare for weight-loss surgery. He or she can identify and assess risk factors that could make it hard for you to make the lifestyle changes you need to in order to lose weight and keep it off long-term.
Counseling sessions before and after surgery can help improve mood, manage substance use, and teach stress management techniques so you're better equipped to handle the surgery and maintain a healthy lifestyle afterward.
Drug and Alcohol Education Group
The Drug and Alcohol Education Group introduces a high-quality agenda of education including: types of drugs and their effects, Alcohol 101, understanding use, abuse, and addiction, the consequences of drugs/alcohol, decision-making, managing emotions and stress, self-awareness, and support resources.
Department of Transportation
The Return to Duty SAP Process is required by §40.281 when a Department of Transportation (DOT) regulated safety-sensitive employee is found to be in violation of a DOT mandated drug and/or alcohol test. A violation occurs when an employee fails a mandated DOT drug test for a prohibited substance or refuses to take the test. Under Code 49 of the Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 40, the employee must immediately be removed from all safety-sensitive functions and is required to successfully complete the Return to Duty SAP Process in order to regain eligibility to return to safety-sensitive duty for a previous or future employer.
Alcohol and Drug Education
Life Forward Counseling understands the toll alcohol and drug addiction plays, and values strategies to help manage situations, thoughts, feelings, responses, and consequences. Life Forward Counseling focuses on exercising development and goal-setting strategies. Activities of rehabilitation are centered around topic areas of anger, depression, stress, anxiety, self-esteem, and substance abuse. Participants engage in an opportunity for self-exploration as they consider the reasons they are entering a program for addictive behaviors, and prepare for the recovery work that lies ahead. Participants will learn about proven strategies to make lasting behavior change.
Helping participants address developmental basic life skills is essential at Life Forward Counseling, and even more so when it comes to maintaining life balance. Recovery Maintenance provides counseling on sleep, nutrition, finances, time management, and stress management without substance abuse.
Medically Assisted Treatment
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, which is effective in the treatment of substance abuse disorders, and can help to sustain recovery. MAT bridges the biological and behavioral components of addiction. The combination of medication and behavioral therapies can successfully sustain recovery. MAT has been shown to assist patients in recovery by improving quality of life, level of functioning and the ability to handle stress
Tobacco smoke contains a deadly mix of more than 7,000 chemicals; hundreds are harmful, and about 70 can cause cancer. Smoking increases the risk for serious health problems, many diseases, and death. People who stop smoking greatly reduce their risk for disease and early death. Although the health benefits are greater for people who stop at earlier ages, there are benefits at any age.