Substance abuse, including alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, prescription medications, and others, can lead to significant health problems and wreak havoc on various aspects of life, such as family, friends, work, finances, and legal matters. But despite the evident consequences, the use of these substances continues.
Meet Steven Band
Steven Band is a Licensed Professional Counselor focused on providing individual, family, couples, and group counseling services. He specializes in addictions, anxiety-related stress, grief & trauma issues, and mediation services. Also, he is interested in working with co-occurring disorders in both adolescents and adults.
About the episode
In this episode, host Dina Sargent and professional counselor Steven Band delved into the topic of substance abuse and its impact on individuals and families. Steven shared his personal journey of 20 years of sobriety from drug addiction and explained how it led him to specialize in addiction, anxiety, and trauma-related situations in his counseling practice.
Steven emphasized that substance abuse is not limited to just drugs but can also include alcohol and other addictive behaviors. He discussed the definition of substance abuse as an ongoing pattern of substance use that causes problems or distress.
Also, he highlighted the importance of understanding substance use from both the individual and family perspectives and provided practical insights and practices to support family members struggling with substance abuse.
Steven also talked about the unpredictability of his day-to-day work as a counselor and the diverse range of situations he encounters, including working with individuals, couples, and groups.
Motivation and continuous effort are vital for recovering from substance abuse. Families, through support and collaboration, greatly impact the journey toward lasting sobriety and overall well-being. Together, they pave the way for a brighter future.
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