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Meet Marty Lythgoe
Marty has specialized in addiction counseling since 1985. He works not only with those directly suffering with Substance Use Disorder, but also with their families and loved ones. Treating alcohol and other drug misuse, along with problems it causes – family problems, job problems, financial problems, legal problems, spiritual problems – has been the sole focus of Marty’s counseling for over 30 years.
Marty combines Christian beliefs and values with traditional therapeutic techniques giving his clients the best of both. The Biblical-Spiritual approaches he uses may include prayer for and with you, Bible reading and references, and assistance with your spiritual walk.
The therapeutic techniques used are evidence-based, ensuring the best possible outcomes for his clients. As with any other counseling, the type of treatment used is dependent on the issues being treated, the purpose of the treatment, and the comfort level of the client with the technique.
Marty does not presume that all clients want spiritual interventions in counseling. This choice is always up to the client.
Marty’s specialized training as an Internationally Certified Addiction Counselor and the breadth of his experience help to ensure successful outcomes and enduring recovery. He recognizes that the misuse of substances is not the problem. Instead, it has become the solution. Let him help you discover better solutions for you or your loved ones.
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Marty is a recovering person himself. He brings to his counseling not only his professional training, but also the experience of walking out his own recovery one day at a time. He helps his clients to gain a complete perspective on their recovery, addressing body, soul and spirit. He emphasizes the development of therapeutic relationships – with God, with self and with others.
Marty offers practical tools to guide his clients through the recovery process, from stabilization to early recovery to relapse prevention to sustained full recovery – health, productivity, intimacy, and citizenship. He can help to reduce and remove the guilt and shame associated with addiction by helping you to understand addiction as a disease and drug abuse as simply a coping tool that at one time may have worked effectively but is now causing problems in your life.
He will introduce you to new coping tools to help you better face the hardships of life – past, present and future. While it is an alcohol or other drug problem that motivates you to seek help in the first place, Marty will help you to understand that alcohol or drugs are not your problem, but rather your solution. The counseling process then involves seeking out more effective solutions.
Much of Marty’s counseling practice involves working with the loved ones of addicts and alcoholics who have been deeply affected by addiction and are feeling frustrated by the fact their efforts to help do not seem to be working. He can help you to develop new strategies that are more effective while also helping you to regain focus on your own life. Often in our care for our loved ones we have lost sight of the importance of self-care and we are being impacted by stress-related illness.
Codependency is a condition of lost “selfhood”. Originally the term codependency was used to describe the person whose life was affected as a result of being involved with someone who was chemically dependent. It is a normal response to an abnormal situation. It is born out of our natural inclination to help and has its roots in caring and compassion. Codependent behavior is an attempt to bring some control to an out of control situation.
Codependency becomes a problem when we focus so much on the needs or behavior of others that we lose touch with our own needs, beliefs, feelings, choices, thoughts – we actually lose contact with ourselves. At its worst, codependency causes us to even lose touch with our own physical health as we neglect ourselves in our focus on others. It can be a cause of serious stress-related illnesses.
Codependency has many different faces.
People suffering from codependency tend to:
Be unable to have spontaneous fun
Have difficulty identifying and expressing feelings
Need to be in control
Have difficulty making decisions
Seek perfection, to their own detriment
Judge themselves harshly
If you recognize any of these tendencies in yourself, you may be suffering from codependency. Help is available. Codependency is treatable. Call today.
Marty is credentialed to do assessments for the Department of Transportation as an SAP (Substance Abuse Professional), making treatment recommendations and establishing return-to-duty criteria for workers in safety-sensitive positions who have drug-tested positive.
Marty also has experience doing assessments in the following areas:
For Family Law Court, where allegations of substance abuse have been made, most often in situations involving child custody.
For Children & Family Services, also where questions of child custody or safety are raised due to possible substance abuse.
For out-of-state legal problems, usually DUIs or unresolved drug problems that require an assessment by a qualified professional.
Trained in the Johnson Institute method of intervention, Marty has done successful interventions since 1986. Intervention, when done properly, is a caring, non-judgmental method for family members, significant others, friends and/or employers to express concern about an individual’s substance abuse. This process brings the family, friends and employer together as a team.
Intervention is an emotional response to a situation that does not respond to rational thought. It is not a confrontation. The need for help will be recognized when the intervention team overwhelms the denial system with love and concern.