Dustin Straight MS

Therapist

Dustin Straight is a therapist at A Better Today Recovery Services. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Denver, on a lacrosse scholarship, and a master’s degree in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University.

He is currently working to complete his LASAC and would like to specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and EMDR. He’s developed, during his time in the field, a particular interest in working with trauma cases and finds those experiences to be especially rewarding.

New to the professional world of addiction treatment, Dustin started the practicum for his master’s at A Better Today in November of 2016. It was a good match, and he was hired on as a therapist shortly after finishing.

Previously, Dustin ran his own consulting company but was drawn to the fields of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling due to personal experience.

He is in recovery, himself, and has worked through a rehab program before. He was truly inspired by the therapists he worked with and decided to help others through what he had already been through.

Outside of his clinical work at A Better Today, Dustin is a Class A licensed skydiver. He was raised in Colorado and still likes to go back occasionally to get in some snowboarding. He likes playing softball and has recently taken up lacrosse again.

As a therapist, he is interested in the spiritual and philosophical aspects of recovery. Having been deeply affected by this part of recovery, himself, it seems important to emphasize with his own patients.

It is widely known in the field now that rarely are the actual substances the cause of chronic addiction, rather there is usually an underlying issue.

Dustin believes that helping patients to find meaning, enthusiasm, and passion in their lives will help them to sustain sobriety.

“I appreciate the ability to work with people and make a difference, even if it’s small. We don’t necessarily cure everybody, but when people leave, they’ve improved, they’ve gotten better, they feel better. It’s a privilege to have that level of trust and connection with people.”

“What about your life is going to keep you focused on living, in that kind of transcendental way, to live deliberately and suck the marrow out of life? Those ideas I try to infuse into the message I give in sessions.”

Dustin Straight

Dustin’s Substance Abuse Video Resources

Dustin’s Message of Hope to Loved Ones & Those Still in Active Addiction

Dustin Straight was inspired to be a substance abuse therapist through his own journey in recovery. Having walked in the same footsteps as his patients, he passionately believes that recovery is possible for anyone.

To witness the change that each individual experiences under his care make his hard work and dedication worth every step of his journey. Dustin is a firm believer in loved ones getting involved in the treatment process and participating in the family therapy that ABT has to offer.

Rebuilding those bonds and setting boundaries will encourage reciprocated respect.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs And Active Addiction

A Better Today’s approach to substance abuse treatment has a foundation of knowledge and understanding. Dustin Straight discusses the theory proposed by Abraham Maslow about human needs and progressive stages in an individual’s life.

With someone who is struggling with a substance abuse addiction, the person’s motivations appear to surround the need to acquire more of their drug of choice.

These are considered drug-seeking behaviors and are evident to the chemical changes occurring in the brain when overindulgence and dependency corrupt normal brain function and thought processes.

Common Health Risks Associated with Drug & Alcohol Addictions

During active addiction, many do not consider their health a priority over acquiring drugs and abusing alcohol. The substances abused tend to be poisonous for the body. Dustin Straight goes over just a few of the common illness associated with drug and alcohol abuse.

Behaviors like sharing needles or excessively drinking booze could result in long-term damages, including diabetes, Hepatitis B or C, or even liver cirrhosis.

Fortunately, medical advancements provide hope during a life of recovery, and it is important to check up with your medical provider as well as the treatment center for all your treatment options.

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