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Substance Abuse Treatment - Near Annandale, VA

For Adults + Adolescents


Addiction is a disorder. 
Addiction is a disorder in which individuals develop physical, psychological, social, and spiritual issues. Recovery from addiction is possible.

Defining Addiction
There are a few qualifying characteristics by which the medical community defines addiction. 
According to the American School of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), addiction is:

  • Primary - Not the result of other problems
  • Chronic - Must be treated, managed, and monitored over a lifetime
  • Impacts Brain Function - Impaired control over drug use, cravings, & compulsive use despite harm

Effects of Alcohol & Drug Abuse
Substance abuse relates to the chronic use of alcohol and drugs. An individual abusing one substance has a greater risk of using at least one other substance as well.

  • It can start out as a minor instance and progress into more severe issues
  • Over time, the body becomes dependent on the chemicals released by each substance and craves more
  • After a tolerance is built, the amount consumed may increase to avoid uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms

CAGE Questionnaire – Alcohol Use Screener

  • Have you ever felt you should Cut down on your drinking? 
  • Have people Annoyed you by criticizing your drinking? 
  • Have you ever felt bad or Guilty about your drinking? 
  • Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover (Eye opener)? 

If you answer "Yes" to any of the 4 questions above you may be experiencing some alcohol use issues. Reach out to us to discuss further.


The right team. 

  • ASAM-trained and ASAM-certified staff to deliver the best evidence-based clinical care.
  • The ability to partner with outside psychiatrists to coordinate excellent multi-disciplinary care for you. 

The right services. 

  • Learn more about our specific substance abuse and mental health treatments for adults and adolescents: Our Service Offering.

The right price. 

  • Our counselors accept a number of insurance plans for therapy, which means out of pocket is as low as possible. Learn more on our Pricing page.

 The right reasons. 

  • Healthcare is in dire need of help and we remain focused on improving the industry around us. 
  • We’re here to expand access to needed treatments and make a difference in our community. 
  • Learn more about Our Story. 


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 
CBT focuses on the activities in an individual’s life, rather than the events that lead up to their difficulties. It is based on the following: 

  • Psychological problems are based on faulty or unhelpful ways of thinking. 
  • Psychological problems are based on learned patterns of unhelpful behavior. 
  • Coping skills can be learned to deal with psychological problems. This relieves negative symptoms and allows individuals to lead more effective lives. 

CBT is based on the core principle that what we think, how we feel, and how we behave are all closely connected.  

Thoughts Behaviors and Feelings

With CBT we identify and change thought patterns that have a negative influence on behavior or emotions.

Raising awareness of negative and often unrealistic thoughts can be effective to help patients overcome a wide variety of maladaptive behaviors. 

Some examples of CBT exercises include: 

  • Develop a better understanding of others’ behavior and motivation
  • Use problem-solving skills to cope with difficult situations 
  • Develop stronger confidence in your abilities 
  • Role play to prepare for potentially difficult interactions with others 
  • Calm your mind, relax your body 
  • Develop coping skills for the difficulties of life
  • Identify and pacify negative thoughts, set new goals and self-monitor

CBT is problem-oriented, short-term and requires less time investment than other forms of therapy. 

CBT is one of the most utilized and studied forms of therapy. Research suggests that CBIT leads to significant improvement in functioning and quality of life – and has been demonstrated to be as effective as, or more effective than other psychological therapy or psychiatric medications. 

Motivational Interviewing (MI) 

MI is non-confrontational. It is used to strengthen personal motivation and foster a commitment to a specific goal. It is a goal-oriented and collaborative style of counseling. 

MI encourages an empathetic and open discussion about an individual’s life, as well as their substance use. The goal is to explore the individual’s interest to change, any potential roadblocks and the path to improve motivation. 

Motivational Interviewing values individual autonomy. It does not require the individual to admit to anything before considering behavioral changes. 

Important exercises to encounter with Motivational Interviewing: 

  • Self-examination: What might be gained through positive change? 
  • Encouraging reflection: Why do you want to make the change? 
  • Looking to the future/past: How might you go about it to succeed? 
  • Examining self-confidence: How confident are you to make this change, and why? 
  • Importance of change: How important is it for you to make this change, and why? 
  • Positivity: Did you feel good about the experience? 

Motivational Interviewing meets the American Psychological Association’s criteria for promising treatments of adolescent substance abuse.  Individuals with co-occurring mental health & substance abuse issues can benefit from MI techniques to improve psychiatric outcomes. 

Trauma-Informed Care (TIC)

Trauma is an external event with long-lasting effects on mental well-being - and is highly correlated with mental health outcomes. 

Trauma can negatively affect your well-being, including your physical and mental health. 

Trauma is widespread across society. Many people who seek help for mental health have histories of trauma, but often don’t recognize the effects of trauma in their lives.

Trauma comes in many forms:

  • Childhood physical or sexual abuse, neglect
  • Serious accidents or natural disasters
  • Homelessness
  • Involuntary psychiatric hospitalizations
  • Drug overdoses
  • Interpersonal violence
  • Traumatic Grief

Trauma-informed care is a holistic approach, a change in perspective: the focus shifts from “what is wrong with you?” to “what happened to you?”. 

Practices trained in TIC have many benefits to you:

  • Compassionate witness and acknowledgement to the pain underlying your distress and behaviors
  • Sensitivity to abuse and connecting the individual with the support needed
  • Safe environment that reflects the need for physical and emotional safety
  • Problem Solving. Improve understanding of the past and extract wisdom to better approach the future
  • Cultural Competency ensured across all our interactions
  • Strengths Based. Belief of strength as an individual, to be an expert in their own life and have/develop the resilience to survive difficult circumstances

Explore our Service Offering to learn more about our programs or schedule an appointment! We look forward to connecting further with you.

Kemet Health