Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Addiction?

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.

Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, Addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.

How long and how many times a week is a typical session?

Sessions are usually 60 minutes. Most clients are seen once or twice a week in the beginning. Then, as progress is made, less frequently. The number of sessions depends on your current needs.

How long will I be in counseling?

The length of time you spend in counseling depends the nature of your current situation and your goals for seeking counseling

Some clients have a very specific problem that can be worked through in a set course of counseling. For others, counseling is an on-going learning process and they choose to receive counseling for a longer period.

How much are your fees and do you take insurance?

We are a preferred provider for CareSource, Molina, Buckeye, Anthem and Paramount. Other insurance companies may reimburse their members. Please contact your insurance provider to find more information about their reimbursement policies. Gem City Counseling will provide you with a detailed receipt that can be submitted if you choose.

Do I need to take medications?

As counselors and therapists, we are not legally allowed to prescribe medications. However, based on a joint assessment of problems you are facing, it may be advisable to consult with a Doctor/Psychiatrist to determine whether medication is warranted.

What if I want couples counseling, but my partner won't come?

Unfortunately, sometimes one partner is not as willing as the other to come in for counseling. However, we often find that it is possible to improve the relationship with just one person involved in counseling.