Deciding To Make a Change and Treatment Options

Dani La Barrie,LCSW,QS,CAP

SFYB Senior Author Dani LaBarrie 

Admitting and being aware of an addiction is the very first step to moving forward and healing. Deciding to make a change is one of the hardest steps along this process. In order to change habits, one must start by changing the way they think as well as their behavioral patterns. Some ways to start include:

Change Needed

  • Spending more time with others who do not use substances or alcohol.
  • Changing the way you feel about yourself through positive affirmation and creating self worth.
  • Learning healthy new ways to cope with feelings of anger, stress, and sadness.
  • Finding new activities to be involved in and new ways to spend free time.

Once you have decided to make a change, the next step is to start exploring treatment and/or recovery options. There are several different types of treatment options out there. To name a few:

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  • Inpatient: In this treatment, clients live at the facility. It’s also sometimes referred to as ‘residential’ treatment. The purpose of living at the facility is to remove distractions and remove the individual from the environment and surroundings that encouraged substance use.
  • Outpatient: this treatment involves meeting with a therapist or counselor a few times per week. It can be on a partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient level of care. These treatments involve regular visits to a treatment center or hospital for more formal care. This care, most of the time, includes psychiatric treatment and access to medical resources.
  • Dual Diagnosis: In this treatment, clients receive inpatient or outpatient care to treat substance abuse issues and mental health issues at the same time.


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Keep in mind, what works for one doesn’t work for all. Treatment must be tailored and individualized to the specific needs of the person. Therefore, it is important to appropriately assess and determine what is best for you or your loved one.

As you learn more about treatment options and the recovery process, you may come across 12-step recovery. Many treatment centers and recovery programs use the 12-step model as a part of their treatment approach. 12-step programs are social support groups that help people with their recovery from addiction. Some of the most popular 12-step groups include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Cocaine Anonymous.






Dani La Barrie,LCSW,QS,CAP
Chief Executive Officer at Affinity Treatment Solutions, Inc.
Danielle “Dani” La Barrie has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Florida International University. Ms. La Barrie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as a Certified Addictions Professional in the state of Florida.

She has worked as a mental health therapist in the Department of Juvenile Justice System in Broward County, as a school-based therapist in the Florida Keys, as an in-home family therapist providing intensive therapy to at-risk youths, and as a clinical director of substance abuse treatment centers.

Danielle has fulfilled the role of clinical director at multiple substance abuse treatment centers that provide partial hospitalization programming with community housing, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and aftercare services. She has significant experience with clients who suffer from substance abuse disorders, mental health disorders, dual diagnoses, personality disorders, addictive behaviors, and codependency.

Assisting in other start-up treatment centers, helping to build programs from the ground up, as well as being hired to improve programs that were running inefficiently has provided Danielle the knowledge and skill set to open a treatment center. Allowing her to branch out and utilize what she has learned to do (and not do) in order to have a successful center that also assists clients in being the best they can be. Let me help you today!

Many thanks to Robert Henslee and Stop Frying Your brain you guys totally rock !!
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