5900 North Burdick St., Suite 201, East Syracuse, NY 13057, US


Beginnings Counseling Services - Mental Health Therapy in Syracuse, NY

Substance Abuse


I'm afraid I might have a substance use problem?

Coming to the realization that you  might have a substance disorder can feel overwhelming. Know that no one intends to become addicted to a substance. People use substances for many different reasons. Wanting to become addicted is never one of them. Yet admitting that you might have a problem is the first step in getting your life back. It is not the end, it is the beginning.

What are the symptoms of a substance use disorder?

The most overarching symptom of a substance use disorder is loss of control. That loss is not always apparent to the person drinking or using, but might be to others. Is your family concerned about you? Are you having trouble meeting your obligations, whether at work or at home? Do you drink more than you intend? Do you keep secrets? Do you find yourself feeling guilty about your behavior? These could all be signs of a possible substance use disorder. 

Is there hope for me?

YES!  My many years of experience working with individuals struggling with alcohol and substance abuse give me the confidence to tell you that recovery is definitely possible and even likely if you follow your treatment program.  It starts with a thorough assessment followed by a treatment plan which will help you to get your life back.  I am knowledgeable about many different options for abstinence and can help you to be successful in your efforts. 

What is harm reduction?

Harm reduction is an approach to substance use treatment. The eventual goal is to reduce substance use  so it will not cause harm to you or others. We start with the now and look at what will help make things better and safer now. In this way, we will eventually reach the goal you have set for yourself, one step at a time.  It is the opposite of the "all or nothing" approach. It puts YOU in the center of your own treatment. 

What about families?

Sometimes the pain and burden of loving a substance abuser can be almost too much to bare. Families want to help, but nothing works. Often life seems to disappear and all that is left is stress and fear and anger. I want you to know it is possible to rediscover joy and meaning in your life. With the right tools and support, you can find peace and serenity, whether your loved one is sober or not. 

Addiction Treatment Services Offered

I offer Substance use assessments, including DWI evaluations; harm reduction based treatment, referrals to higher level of care and aftercare. I will collaborate with your Suboxone or other MAT provider and support you in your ongoing recovery.