Addiction in Lexington, Richmond & Frankfort KY

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What is Addiction?

Addiction is a chronic, progressive disorder in which someone becomes dependent on a substance or behavior that is psychologically or physically dangerous and habit-forming. Addiction affects the brain’s reward, motivation, and memory circuitry leading to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations that cause a person to act compulsively and experience a lack of control. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remissions. Without treatment or changing behaviors, the addiction worsens over time and can result in permanent disability or premature death.   

Signs & Symptoms

Addiction can consist of drug addiction, alcoholism, compulsive gambling or addictions to food, sex and technology/Internet. Some symptoms of addiction are listed below, but the specific symptoms can vary for each individual and the substance that they are addicted to. 
  • Failed attempts to quit – Addiction can cause powerful cravings. The addict may have tried to quit but was unsuccessful.
  • Withdrawal symptoms – When the body levels of that substance go below a certain level, the patient has physical and mood-related symptoms, including cravings, moodiness, bad temper, poor focus, depression, frustration, anger, bitterness, and resentment. Additional withdrawal symptoms include increased appetite, insomnia, constipation or diarrhea, trembling, seizures, hallucinations, and sweats. 
  • Social and/or recreational sacrifices – As the addiction progress, the individual may make sacrifices and stop doing the things they used to enjoy.
  • Taking risks – Some addictions cause individuals to engage in risky behavior that they would not normally partake in, such as stealing, driving recklessly, or trading sex for money or drugs. 
  • Secrecy, solitude, and denial – In many cases, the addict may take their substance alone or in secret. Often, they are in denial or not aware that they have a problem. 
  • Excessive consumption – In some addictions, the individual consumes the substances to excess causing physical symptoms or blackouts. This most often occurs with alcohol, drug or nicotine addictions. 
  • Experiencing problems with the law – The substance can impair judgment, causing the individual to break the law. This is typically more characteristic of drug and alcohol addictions. 
  • Financial difficulties – Addictions typically lead to financial difficulties for the user due to the amount of money spend on the substance itself, as well as the potential impairment of the individual’s ability to work. 
  • Relationship problems – Individuals suffering from addiction typically have problems maintaining healthy relationships. 

Diagnosis & Treatment Options

Addiction is typically treated through a combination of treatment centers or rehab facilities, psychotherapy, social support groups or medication. Overall, the goal of treatment is to remove the addictive substance from the patient’s body, to decrease the frequency and intensity of relapses, to sustain long periods of remission, to optimize the person’s level of functioning during periods of remission.  
  • Treatment centers – Treatment centers, or rehab facilities, typically focus on getting sober and preventing relapses. Depending on the level of addiction, this can be in inpatient, outpatient or residential settings. 
  • Psychotherapy – One-on-one, group, or family counseling sessions can be crucial to help the addict cope with cravings, avoid the substances and deal with possible relapses. If a patient’s family and friends can become involved, the chances of success are increased. 
  • Social support groups – Social support groups allow the addict to meet other people with the same problem to boost motivation. A common example is Narcotics Anonymous. 
  • Medication – Different medication options can reduce or eliminate withdrawal symptoms, block the effects of the drug, or act as replacement drugs to control withdrawal symptoms and cravings.

There Is Hope!

Individuals suffering from addiction can recover through the help of professionals. As with other health conditions, self- management, with mutual support is very important when recovering from an addiction. Recovery is best achieved through a combination of self-management, mutual support, and professional care provided by trained and certified professionals.

For more information or to set up a session, please call our office or visit these links below. 

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By Paul Dalton 05 Feb, 2016
So you live in Kentucky and only a few more weeks until spring. Everyone should be happy and feel better about that, right? I think most of us get a sense of relief and hope, and that cognitive energy to bust out of the winter season and get moving. For some, the spring can be a rough time. Depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, and relationship issues prevent the spring season from being all that it could be. Following are some reasons that these and other conditions may worsen in the spring, a few resources for you, and some concrete strategies you can implement to help yourself. 

So why do people struggle some in the spring when it should be all flowers and sunshine? 

1. Sleep
Many times the spring season causes a change in our circadian rhythm . The sun wakes you up in the am, it is difficult to keep a routine, and restlessness all contribute to the sleep problem. Our eating in the winter and spring can affect how much we sleep. Caffeine, napping, undereating, and how much we are moving, all contribute to how much we sleep. Spring likely has an effect on melatonin in the body, which aids in sleep. 

Strategies that help are EXERCISE and EATING RIGHT! If you keep moving with the help of  a tool like a Fitbit or utilize regular exercise of 45 minutes or more 4-5 times per week, you are far less likely to have sleep problems. Exercise helps you sleep. Exercise helps you eat better. Eating and sleeping adequately can reduce your stress and fight any symptoms you may have. Eating healthy keeps your mind, body, and spirit in a positive place. When your body is well, your mind has a great chance of being well too. Sounds too simple? Give it a try!

The sleep foundation can help here :  Sleep Foundation Healthy Sleep Tips
Eating Right For Spring
Here is a good link to read on symptoms getting worse in the spring: Spring Makes Symptoms Worse

2. Spring Fever is Real
Our office has existed for over 15 years now. I can tell you that March to May is our busiest time of the year, always. Bipolar disorder, marital infidelity, depression, and anxiety are the main reasons people call us in the spring. The real causes of spring fever include longer days that produce more sunshine and increased energy, changes in hormone production, sleep cycles, nutrition and diet changes, body needs, and possibly, a lack of self care. When we bust of out winter here in Kentucky we sometimes forget that it takes a little time to get our minds and bodies in shape for yard work, spring cleaning, and for many, an increased workload all the way around. Here are some links to let you know spring fever is real. 

Spring Fever
WEB MD-You Give Me Spring Fever
Wiki Spring Fever
Spring Time Bad for Depression

3. Expectations Are High

Sometimes in spring we have been thinking about all the things we should of, could of, would of done if we had lived in San Diego or Florida during our winter days. The reality of being human can set in when we find out that spring has sprung, it is time to get moving, and we don't have the energy or drive to complete our list of high expectations. Many people are disappointed in themselves and these outcomes. Don't worry about it. 

Strategies you can use include setting small attainable goals you can feel good about. Work on your list a little at a time. Make goals that regular people can reach with time built in for you to EXERCISE AND SLEEP. Do a mix of things that you enjoy and are healthy for you while completing your responsibilities. If you deny yourself from pleasure too long, that strategy is likely to backfire. Have a good balanced approach. Use a checklist that has 3 sections. One section is for today. One section is for the week. Reserve one part of the list for things your are really wanting to do. Put a vacation or planned fun activities on a calendar. Look up things you might want to do during that time online. Planning, thinking and dreaming are fine. They keep us hopeful. 

Tiny Buddha Expectations and Disappointment
Expectations at The Silent Blog
Three Ways Expectations Can Hurt You

4. Allergies

If you live in Kentucky, you know about allergies. Kentucky is known to be one of the worst states when it comes to spring and fall allergies.  Louisville is ranked as one of the worst cities in the entire country to live in due to allergies.   Many times people are unaware they are being affected. Sometimes the symptoms are less obvious than a runny nose, cough, and cold like symptoms. Many times people are lethargic, grouchy, have headaches, and have cognitive deficits. The allergic affect we have in Kentucky can quickly turn into a sinus infection, bronchitis, ear infections, and other maladies that make us mentally and physically drained. That flower below can cause us some issues! 

Get to a doctor. Take a seasonal allergy medication. Some are mild, like Allegra (please get your physician's approval before taking allergy medications) and can be taken everyday. Prescription nose sprays may help, but may also have some cognitive or mood altering side effects. Be careful, but don't suffer! Get help from an allergist if you need it. 

Allergy Resources
Pollen Map
How to Beat Spring Allergies by WEB MD
By creekmoremarketing 21 Sep, 2015

Welcome to our website!

Therapy is a great choice. It works, and I hope you make a commitment today to start. Most people find the idea of attending therapy with a therapist or counselor far more scary than the actual process itself. Here is a link that describes how the process works at our locations.

Our therapists are located in Lexington, Frankfort and Richmond, KY. See individual profiles of our therapy providers here . I hire our professionals personally and attempt to provide you with someone that will care about your outcome and treat you well. These are experts at counseling and therapy and provide services you will want to tell others about.

Our clinicians care, and you will know they are different in that respect. Providing therapy in Central Kentucky is much more than a job to our therapists. It is a profession, and a way of life.

Please let us help you today!   Contact us here   or at 859.338.0466 now.


Paul D. Dalton, MS, LPCC, CADC

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What is therapy?

Therapy is more long-term than counseling and focuses on a broader range of issues. The underlying principle is that a person's patterns of thinking and unconscious awareness affect the way that person interacts with the world. The goal is to uncover those patterns and become aware of their effect and then learn new, healthier ways to think and interact.
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