Since one in seven people has a problem with drugs or alcohol, many families know what it’s like to face a crisis due to a loved one’s addiction. Lin Sternlicht, LMHC, MA, EdM, and Aaron Sternlicht, LMHC, CASAC, at Family Addiction Specialist offer specialized Consultation and Crisis Management services. No matter what issues you face, whether addiction or mental health, or complications compounded by financial, legal, or family issues, they can help you find solutions with their team of legal and psychiatric professionals. When appropriate and necessary, treatment placement, transportation and companionship can be made to trusted and world renowned alcohol or drug medical detoxification centers, inpatient treatment centers, or sober living homes. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Brooklyn or Manhattan, New York City, New York.
Having a crisis implies extreme stress, difficulty, and trauma — something that families know all too well when a loved one is addicted to alcohol or drugs or struggles with other addictive behaviors such as gambling, food, sex, porn, and electronic addictions.
A family crisis caused by a loved one with addiction could mean:
Lin and Aaron also serve as legal advocates, providing written legal reports and representing their clients in court.
No matter what situation you face, if it’s an emergency or an ongoing problem that has escalated into a crisis, and you don’t know where to turn — call Lin and Aaron. They have extensive knowledge and experience in helping clients deal with a wide range of crisis situations, and they always protect your privacy with confidentiality.
Lin and Aaron assess your situation, problem solve, and guide you and your family toward finding a resolution to your crisis. They offer two broad categories of crisis services:
The goal of short-term Crisis Management is to provide immediate assistance for a high-conflict situation. Lin and Aaron come up with solutions privately and quickly, ensuring a smooth transition that resolves the crisis.
They can get you connected with legal and medical referrals fast, as they work with a small and intimate team of medical and legal professionals who can help with your specific concerns.
Their short-term intervention services are available to anyone in the area, including those who are in the area for a short time or while they’re on vacation.
The team at Family Addiction Specialist is skilled at identifying root causes of problems and navigating to find the most effective solutions. Consultations involve a thorough assessment of the current situation, needs, personalities, desired outcomes, history, and dynamics of the family, couple, or individual at hand and creating the most effective care plan to help with each respective circumstance. In some cases consultations are done with family members who are concerned about their loved one who has an addiction but is resistant to receiving help, while in other cases consultations are done with the addicted individual who is uncertain of what type of treatment they need. When appropriate and necessary, referrals can be made to trusted and highly regarded medical detoxification centers, inpatient treatment centers, or sober living homes in the New York City area or around the world. In such cases, safe transportation and companionship is available.
At Family Addiction Specialist, individual family members can also receive coaching that’s customized for their personal situation.
Their goal is to provide the support families of addicts need, teaching about the disease of addiction, and providing practical strategies the family can use to protect their own well-being while helping their loved one with an addiction.
Family members can also rely on Lin and Aaron to help plan and implement an intervention to get their addicted loved one into treatment. When you plan an intervention, you also get three follow-up family coaching sessions to support your emotional needs throughout the process.
Although ongoing coaching from Lin and Aaron can help you plan for many types of crises, the reality of drug and alcohol addiction is that you may face a sudden, physical crisis.
If you or your children are in immediate danger, get out of harm's way. Go to a neighbor’s house, call 9-1-1, or drive to a preplanned location.
If your addicted family member has a history of turning violent or is taking drugs like methamphetamine, ketamine, and PCP that trigger violent outbursts, it’s important to have a plan to protect your family.
As part of Crisis Management, Lin and Aaron can help you make decisions and create an action plan for dealing with violence.
Aaron has extensive experience working with perpetrators of domestic violence and has a good understanding of legal issues surrounding domestic violence.
If you and your family need Crisis Management, call Family Addiction Specialists or book an appointment online.
Recovery Coaching is available in-person and through phone calls, Skype, and Facetime interactions. If needed, Lin and Aaron will send text reminders and email.
If you’re ready for Recovery Coaching, call Family Addiction Specialists to set up an initial assessment and talk about your goals and recovery needs.
When requested or determined to be more beneficial for the patient, Lin and Aaron also conduct psychotherapy sessions for individuals and families.