How do you know if you really need a substance abuse counselor?

Substance abuse has no type. Anyone can struggle with substance abuse and seeking a substance abuse counselor shows strength. So, what is substance abuse? Simply put, it is using drugs that are not legal. It also includes over-using legal substances like alcohol or prescription medication or using them in ways not suggested by manufacturers (WebMD). Chances are, if you are reading this, you or someone you love needs a substance abuse counselor. Start with Stepping Stones in Lincoln, their CARF accredited program has experienced substance abuse counselors on staff to help you.

Looking for a substance abuse counselor is easier than you might think.

By 2026, substance abuse counseling jobs are expected to increase by 20 percent. Why? Because YOU ARE NOT ALONE and help is available if you need it. Just over 10 percent of the U.S. population is in need of a substance abuse counselor, yet ONLY 11 percent of those in need actually receive services. At Stepping Stones in Lincoln, NE individuals and families have access to hope and healing with professional substance abuse counselors who offer person-centered treatment plans to incorporate healthy coping and problem-solving skills to last.


How do I know if my substance abuse counselor is right for me?

Finding a substance abuse counselor is the first step towards recovery, but finding the right one requires 5 key elements:

They need to have training, credentials, and experience.

When you enter their office, they should ensure you feel welcomed and relaxed.

They should make you feel confident about your recovery.

They should create an individual care plan just for you.

They should answer your questions with a willingness to help.


What questions do I ask my substance abuse counselor?

Interviewing a prospective substance abuse counselor is a must! Lasting, effective healing depends on both the patient’s ability to openly and accurately express their needs as well as the substance abuse counselor’s ability to connect with their patient and properly create a care plan that meets these individual, complex needs.

Questions you can take with you:

What treatment options do you offer, can you explain them to me?

Do you offer individual or group sessions, or both?

What training or experience do your counselors have and what are your requirements for continuing education?

Will you be able to incorporate my spiritual/religious beliefs into my substance abuse counseling?

Do you believe substance abuse is a disease or a choice?

How much input do I have in my treatment plan?

Will you work with my care team, which may include other doctors and specialists?

Will you be respectfully direct while also letting me speak freely without judgment?


Now is the time.

Still not sure? Get an evaluation done by a professional substance abuse counselor at Stepping Stones in Lincoln, NE. Counselors are available Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. or by appointment.

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(402) 488-6511