Christopher Wellington, LAADC

Wellington Addiction Recovery Services

MY SERVICES

Welcome! I'm proud to offer a comprehensive package of confidential and experienced addiction recovery services. I've helped hundreds of good people like yourself overcome their substance abuse challenges and I can help you. Whether you're just considering making some changes, unsure of the severity of your problem or available treatments, or you've made a firm commitment to charting a new course in recovery - I'm here to help. Let's have a conversation about where you're at and what you'd like to accomplish, create a plan your comfortable with, and execute that plan to achieve success.

I make this process as easy and convenient as possible. You can meet with me face-to-face in my confidential office space, or by telephone or video call - whichever is most convenient for you. I offer the following services:

Aftercare

 

Have you recently completed a drug or alcohol residential or outpatient treatment program? Research shows that the longer you receive support and treatment, the higher your chances of success. I can help you navigate the dangers of early recovery, continue your success, and teach you relapse prevention strategies. Having a close working relationship with a professional near your home can often mean the difference between relapse and success. Let's create an aftercare plan and make the most of your substantial investment in recovery.

 

Assessment & Evaluations (Including Court-Ordered & DUI)

 

It's hard to know which direction to head if you don't know the severity of your situation. I conduct a complete alcohol and drug assessment with each of my clients. The evaluation results in a treatment plan, which maps out the path we agree upon to best meet your needs. If I determine that you need a higher level of care, or you are having withdrawal symptoms - I'll refer you to the appropriate resources. If I feel other professionals or programs may better serve you, I will provide you with a referral. There is never any long-term commitment. If you're in need of a court-ordered evaluation or need one in advance of DUI proceedings, I can assist you in a relatively short time frame. Read more below regarding court-mandated evaluations.

 

Consultations

 

If you search on "addiction treatment" you'll get thousands of pages of unethical patient brokering operations, programs promising miracles, confusing information, bait and switch scams, and conflicting data on what works and what doesn't. It's difficult for the average person to make sense of it and know how to effectively resolve their problem. I consult with individuals seeking help, their loved ones, and even their friends and help them evaluate their options, make tough decisions and save money. I can provide you with a free, no-pressure, 30-minute phone consultation to help you explore your options and determine if my services or someone else's are a better fit. For more complex situations, I can provide consultation services on an hourly basis. I will remove the guesswork, educate you, and help you feel confident about your decisions.

 

Counseling

 

Many clients are overwhelmed by the problems caused by substance abuse. They find it difficult to break the cycle of relapse. In substance abuse counseling my job is to arm you with new coping strategies and tools for overcoming these problems. We'll address new issues as they arise and work hard to prevent relapses. We'll make sense of the painful feelings and emotions, and combat post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS) head on. We'll even create a plan to help you stay on the right track at the conclusion of your counseling. While I specifically work with clients on substance abuse issues some clients with trauma or more complex mental health issues and medical problems may need additional help. I can help you find and create an interdisciplinary team of mental health professionals, doctors or psychiatrists to help you resolve more serious underlying issues.

 

Court-Ordered (Mandated) Counseling Sessions

 

If you've found yourself required to complete a certain number of substance abuse counseling sessions as a result of a civil or criminal proceeding I can help you complete those requirements. I have worked with many clients under these circumstances in California and from many other states. While the protection of public safety is the number one priority in these circumstances, I conduct them with the utmost compassion and work to provide you with a positive experience.

 

Drug Testing

 

Most of my clients do not drug test during their services. It is not a requirement. They don't drug test because they feel comfortable discussing their use with me and can be open and honest, a critical factor in changing behavior. I don't judge my clients, and I don't expect them to be perfect. There are certain circumstances however in which I may recommend drug testing. Some clients may be required to test by probation or the court. Others may need to re-establish trust with family or employers, and drug testing is one of the easiest ways to do that. Occasionally some clients benefit from an extra layer of accountability. Regardless, I can provide point-of-care (POC) drugs tests for use in the home or office and can also recommend lab-verified drug testing if needed.

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