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Addiction Services

Benson Psychological Services, PC is licensed by the State of North Dakota to provide ASAM .5 and ASAM 1.0 level of Care. That means we provide court ordered DUI evaluations, Prime for Life DUI seminars, Substance Use Disorder evaluations and Outpatient Low Intensity Substance Use Treatment.

If you are concerned that you, or a loved one might have a drinking problem, we can help. Our experienced addiction counselor is also a licensed mental health counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist. Because addiction affects your mental health and your relationships, working with a provider with training and experience in all of these areas can help support your recovery in unique ways.

Have you been thinking about getting an evaluation, but aren’t sure if you have a drinking problem? Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you drink every day, or more than 7 drinks in a week?
  • Do you find that you are drinking more than you intended?
  • Do you need a drink to “get going” in the morning, or to “relax” in the evening?
  • Do you wake up feeling groggy and hungover?
  • Have you taken to hiding your alcohol and drinking alone because you grow tired of being “nagged” by your friends/partner/parents for drinking too much?
  • Has your work or relationships suffered?
  • Do you feel sick once the effects of alcohol wear off?
  • Do you engage in risky behavior when you drink (ie unprotected sex, gambling, driving)?
  • Did you used to drink to “feel good” and now you drink to avoid “feeling bad”?

If so, you may have an Alcohol Use Disorder, and if you do, you are not alone. Estimates are that 16 million people in the United States have an Alcohol Use Disorder. To put that in perspective, there are less than 1 million people living in North Dakota.

If you have tried to stop, maybe several times, and been unsuccessful, you might be thinking you just don’t have the willpower. It’s not about willpower. Addiction is a chronic disease that changes both brain structure and function. Real and long lasting changes take place deep within the brain which effects not just the reward centers, but the part of our brain that helps us make decisions, weigh pros and cons and consider consequences.

But guess what? Just like your brain was changed by overuse of alcohol, treatment can help change it back…Yes, recovery is possible! Everyone’s road to recovery looks different, and yours will depend on the severity of your problem and other circumstances unique to you.

At your first appointment you will fill out some questionnaires, take some brief assessments and talk with your counselor about your life and your road to addiction. From there, you will work together to plan a treatment program that is right for you. Treatment is delivered in a compassionate, non judgmental, confidential setting.

When you are ready… we will be here.