Teletherapy: Is It Right For Me?

Technology has become part of our everyday lives. Cell phones, tablets, and laptops are no longer a rarity. Kids often receive a new phone by their eighth birthday. Technology is here to stay whether we love or hate it. Therefore, teletherapy is important to explore. Teletherapy is receiving therapeutic services via safe and HIPPAA compliant live video connection. You maybe wondering, what are the benefits of teletherapy. Let’s explore

Teletherapy Benefits

Convenience: Teletherapy allows for interaction over your laptop or cell phone. This reduces wait time and travel. No more getting lost on the way to a session. As long as you can find your device, you’ve found your destination!

Increased access: Disabled populations have more difficulty maintaining traditional therapy. Teletherapy allows access to a train and licensed therapist without the difficulty of office travel. “There are times when clients suffering from IBS, Crohn’s or other diseases may experience shame or embarrassment at their need for leaving to use facilities.  In an online context, some of these concerns can be diminished significantly” (Psychology Today). Even temporary illness such as the flu, sprained ankle, or recent surgery may cause a break in therapy. An online option reduces breaks in treatment

Teens & College Students: Statistics show that individuals between the age of 13-26 communicate predominantly by texting and video chat. As a result, traditional office-based therapy may not be the best fit. Video therapy may be a more comfortable and convenient way of communicating.

Privacy: Clients often don’t seek therapy because of privacy reasons. Sitting in a waiting room and seeing your neighbor may not be your idea of a great session. This is especially true for those seeking addiction treatment. Therefore, Teletherapy eliminates this potential anxiety and awkwardness.

Remote Access: Let’s be honest. Not everyone lives in a major city with access to a therapist. Unfortunately, some have to travel very far to see a therapist they connect with. Teletherapy allows increased access to a pool of trained and qualifed therapist.

Teletherapy may be right for you. A Pathway to Life Counseling offers traditional as well as teletherapy options. Call 504-410-7008 to discuss your teletherapy needs.

Compulsive Gambling; Betting on Addiction


Going to your local casino. Buying a few scratch-offs. Even playing the lottery in hopes of become filthy rich can lead to addiction. Gambling can go from fun to problematic very quickly. Therefore, individuals and families may suffer financially, emotionally, and even physically. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (5th ed.)

A diagnosis of gambling disorder requires at least four of the following during the past year:

  1. Need to gamble with increasing amount of money to achieve the desired excitement
  2. Restless or irritable when trying to cut down or stop gambling
  3. Repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back on or stop gambling
  4. Frequent thoughts about gambling (such as reliving past gambling experiences, planning the next gambling venture, thinking of ways to get money to gamble)
  5. Often gambling when feeling distressed
  6. After losing money gambling, often returning to get even (referred to as “chasing” one’s losses)
  7. Lying to conceal gambling activity
  8. Jeopardizing or losing a significant relationship, job or educational/career opportunity because of gambling
  9. Relying on others to help with money problems caused by gambling

People who have a gambling disorder often hide their behaviors. Indications can be financial distress and missing money. Also, individuals may begin to abuse substances such as cocaine or alcohol. Gambling addiction can often be treated on an outpatient basis. Call A Pathway to Life Counseling Services for treatment options.

Do You Know The Signs of Teen Drug Abuse?

Your son has been acting “a little off.” He’s quite the football team. Maybe your daughter has been more moody than normal. She’s always locked in her room. Of course it must be the hormones, right? Unfortunately, parents, teachers, and trusted adults often miss the signs of teen drug abuse. Depending on the drug, signs may include;

    • Frequent mood swings
    • Isolation
    • Change in school performance or skipping school
    • Dropping out of extracurricular activities
    • Illegal behaviors
    • Depression
    • Slurred speech
    • Unexplained increase or decrease in finances
    • Burns on finger tips or lips

However, communication is key! Talk to your child early and often about drugs and alcohol. If you suspect use, reach out for help. Let them know they are not alone. Teens are often open to treatment when supported.

 

Prescription Opiates and America’s Crisis

 

Is Kratom Addictive?

Kratom has become popular in the last few years. The drug has been around for a long time. However, the opiate-like feeling produced by Kratom has increased interest in the drug. Addiction to Kratom is real. Many people become physically dependent and experience serious withdrawals. If you are experiencing addiction to Kratom, reach out for help! Call A Pathway to Life Counseling to discuss treatment options today!

Prescription Opiates and America’s Crisis

Prescription opiates have played a major role in America’s drug epidemic. Did you know that more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids? However, help is available. Outpatient treatment can be successful. Call 504-410-7008 to make an appointment today!

Has America’s “Opioid Crisis” Invaded Your Home?

It’s almost impossible to turn on the television or scroll your favorite social media site without hearing about “America’s Opioid Crisis”. Opioids are a class of drug that can occur naturally or made by scientists in a lab. Opioids are often prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and include drugs such as Hydrocodone, Morphine, Fentanyl. An illegal substance, Heroin, is also included in this class (National Institute on Drug Abuse). Becoming addicted to such drugs may start from a simple dentist visit, a sprained ankle, or minor surgery. What happens when these drugs end up in your medicine cabinet? What happens when America’s crisis becomes personal? Addiction changes the dynamics of relationships. Trust, communication, finances, and child-rearing can all be affected. Home can start to feel like a battleground. However, addiction is a disease and help is available. If you, your spouse, or someone you love is struggling with opioid addiction there are several treatment options. Don’t wait another day. Your house can be a home again! Call A Pathway to Life Counseling Services at 504-410-7008 today.

The Science of Addiction


As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a medical disorder that affects the brain and changes behavior. We have identified many of the biological and environmental risk factors and are beginning to search for the genetic variations that contribute to the development and progression of the disorder. Scientists use this knowledge to develop effective prevention and treatment approaches that reduce the toll drug use takes on individuals, families, and communities. www.drugabuse.gov

Recovery through treatment is possible. If you or someone you know may have a substance abuse problem, call A Pathway to Life Counseling Services to schedule an assessment. www.drugabuse.gov