Substance Abuse 

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.5 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009.  Addiction is a disease that impacts many aspects of a person’s life. Reaching out for help can often be a very difficult process, and you are to be commended for seeking information on treatment options.


Symptoms of Addiction 

Addiction comes in many forms.  Keisha has experience treating individuals and families that have been impacted by alcohol, illicit substances (marijuana, cocaine, heroin, etc.), prescription drugs, gambling, video games, shopping, and nicotine.  Common symptoms of addictions include:

  • Tolerance –Developing resistance to the effects of substance
  • Withdrawal – Strong physical or psychological response when the substance is withheld
  • Being unable to control or stop use


Approach to Treatment 

During your first meeting with Keisha, she will work with you to assess if an addiction is present.  If treatment is necessary, Keisha will make a recommendation on what level of care would be needed (outpatient, inpatient, and/or family sessions).  Keisha only provides outpatient individual counseling sessions, but if a higher level of service is needed Keisha will utilize her comprehensive list of substance abuse providers to assist you in finding the right place.  Keisha prides herself in finding an appropriate treatment plan that makes sobriety achievable for your situation.  Keisha utilizes a variety of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) when working with people impacted by addiction.