Addiction Counseling

Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry & Perinatal Specialist located in Cherry Hill , NJ
Addiction Counseling services offered in Cherry Hill , NJ

Addiction is a disease that changes the way the brain functions and can have a devastating effect on your relationships and physical health. Skilled Child, Adolescent, And Adult Psychiatry specialists Dr. Amy Carnall, DNP, APN, PMHMP-BC, and Christina Sertway, APN, PMHNP-BC, at Clarity Psychiatry Care in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, design personalized treatment plans that take an integrative and holistic approach to addiction recovery. Using collaborative methods for treating addiction and substance abuse, the Clarity Psychiatry Care team provides you with tools to regain control over your life and prevent relapse. Schedule an appointment by phone or online today.

Addiction Counseling Q & A

What is addiction?

Addiction, sometimes called a substance use disorder, is a chronic disease that arises from the repeated use of habit forming substances. If you suffer from addiction, you’ve become dependent on alcohol, street drugs, prescription medications, or other compounds. It has altered your brain chemistry so that you can’t easily stop using the substance even if you wish to do so.

Addiction often co-occurs with other mental health conditions. It can interfere with your job performance and personal relationships and lead to severe health complications.


What causes addiction?

Many factors can contribute to addiction. Genetics plays a role, as do environmental stressors, examples of which include childhood abuse and domestic violence. People of all genders, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds can develop an addiction.

If you have an existing mental health condition, such as anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder, you have an increased risk of substance abuse. Using substances at a young age and the use of highly addictive substances, such as opioids, also increases your risk.


What is involved in addiction treatment?

The goals of addiction treatment include:

  • Ending substance dependency 
  • Managing cravings and triggers
  • Developing life-coping skills
  • Building support systems

The highly trained and experienced professionals at Clarity Psychiatry Care customize addiction treatment plans to meet your needs. Depending on your unique situation, your plan may include:

  • Mental health treatment (co-existing conditions) 
  • Relapse prevention
  • Lifestyle and nutritional counseling
  • Exercise and mindfulness training

Empowering sobriety is the focus of this addiction service. Multi-modular treatment modalities are offered to patients while surrounded by a comfortable and peaceful atmosphere, helping them discover balance within.

Recovering from addiction is a lifelong process. The compassionate and respectful staff use an integrative and holistic approach and evidence-based techniques drawn from a broad range of disciplines, providing you with skills for long-term recovery.


Does addiction treatment require a hospital stay?

While many people benefit from inpatient recovery programs, they aren’t the only option for successful addiction treatment. The same is true for 12-step programs.

There are many types of addiction treatment programs. Clarity Psychiatry Care tailors your program to offer the best support for your unique recovery journey.

Intensive outpatient programs, partial hospitalization, and sober living situations are some options the team might incorporate into your addiction treatment plan.

To schedule a confidential evaluation for addiction, call Clarity Psychiatry Care, or request one online today.