Addiction Counseling Specialist

Unite Recovery

Addiction Medicine & Telehealth located in College Corner, OH

Understanding the underlying cause of addiction is just as important as finding the right treatment. At Unite Recovery in College Corner, Ohio, board-certified addiction specialist Carlene Westfall, MD, offers addiction counseling to uncover the source of your addiction. By addressing the cause of this disease, Dr. Westfall can help create the most effective treatment for you. Call Unite Recovery or schedule an appointment online now to learn more about addiction counseling.

Addiction Counseling Q & A

What is addiction counseling?

Addiction counseling is an evidence-based treatment that targets the underlying cause of substance abuse, rather than the symptoms. Addressing the source of your addiction enables Dr. Westfall to transform negative thoughts and behavior patterns into more helpful ones. 


With addiction counseling, Dr. Westfall collaborates with you to set new goals and develop helpful coping strategies that can minimize your risk of relapse.

What are the different types of addiction counseling?

Addiction is a complex disease that requires individualized treatment. Dr. Westfall always created personalized addiction treatment plans for every patient. Depending on your plan, she may include the following types of therapy:

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is one of the most common forms of addiction counseling. During psychotherapy, you talk one-on-one with Dr. Westfall to identify the root cause of your addiction and develop an effective long-term counseling plan.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)

Cognitive behavioral therapy is the most common type of psychotherapy. It focuses on how your thoughts affect your feelings and behaviors. Negative thoughts often trigger unhelpful or destructive behaviors, including addiction.

Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT)

Dialectical behavioral therapy is a type of CBT that can help you develop healthy coping mechanisms for stress, anxiety, and other factors that may contribute to addiction.

Group therapy

Group therapy allows you to connect with other individuals struggling with addiction. Not only does group therapy offer a sense of community, but it also gives you a safe space to discuss the challenges of your illness with individuals experiencing similar obstacles.

Is addiction counseling only available in person?

Dr. Westfall offers addiction counseling in person at Unite Recovery and online to meet every patient's unique needs. Secure video conferencing is available for addiction group therapy. 


While some patients may find online addiction counseling to be more convenient than in-person therapy, others appreciate the ability to attend counseling in an environment where they feel most comfortable.


Counseling is an essential component of your overall treatment. Regular therapy can help you cover from addiction, prevent your risk of relapse, and allow you to address the underlying cause of your challenges in a safe, supportive environment. To learn more about addiction counseling, call Unite Recovery or schedule an appointment online today.