Addiction & Substance Abuse


Counseling accelerates progress toward freedom from addictive behaviors by providing people with greater awareness of their choices, actions, and responsibility. Beginning with where you are in the here and now, Loretta counsels with compassion, respect, and an intimate understanding of the challenges inherent in the recovery process.

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Loretta Vasso has been a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor since 1990.

Alliance Counseling Services is a licensed Outpatient Treatment Facility by the Pennsylvania Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs, license #467135.

“I firmly believe that there is an innate propensity for health and wellness in everyone. However, I also believe that there is no one clear path that is right for everyone. I, therefore, do not restrict myself or my clients to any single or particular way of achieving or maintaining sobriety, abstinence or serenity. My focus is on reducing suffering from addictions and on helping my clients to create lives in which they feel happy, joyous and free. The process recognizes that results are a matter of your intentions, choices, commitment and actions taken toward building a strong foundation and creating a life worth staying healthy for.”—Loretta M. Vasso, M.S., CADC, ICGC-I

Our counseling services help you:

  • Evaluate your desire and willingness for sobriety
  • Set intentions for maintaining abstinence
  • Help you develop a plan of recovery that is designed for success
  • Discover and manifest your desires
  • Joyfully harmonize and flow with your experience of sobriety
  • Understand and celebrate the things you truly value in life and that are within your power to control

12-Step Programs

Recovery in any of the 12-Step programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.), Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.), Cocaine Anonymous (C.A.), Gamblers Anonymous (GA), Sex & Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) can be a very helpful for many people. I recognize, however, that it is not for everyone.  Individualized recovery plans, designed for success, must be a collaborative effort between therapist and client.

Recovery for family members in 12-Step programs such as Alanon, Nar-Anon, Co-Anon, Parents Anonymous is also addressed, as appropriate.

Support if You are Still Using

For those of you who want things to get better, but you aren’t certain as to whether or not you must quit whatever it is that you are using or doing, Counseling can provide an impartial view of your current situation, through the use of objective tests that have proven to be reliable for many years. You may also gain a new perspective on your circumstances and be guided through the decision and planning process.

Support in Early Recovery

If you’re new in recovery or just coming home from treatment, Substance Abuse Counseling can smooth your transition and help you find a support group that is right for you. If meetings aren’t for you, counseling can still help you create a successful recovery plan. You may also be referred to peer support organizations, if it is determined that these services would be beneficial.

Support in Middle Recovery

Middle recovery can be a surprisingly challenging time. After a few years, your energy can shift from figuring out how to stay sober to choosing what kind of life you want. Counseling can help you reach your potential professionally, socially, economically and within your family, while maintaining stable recovery. You stop playing small and achieve things beyond what you currently believe is possible. Recovery becomes the joy of purposeful living.

Support in Long-Term Recovery

If you’re in long-term recovery, it may be time now to do what you’ve always intended or become who you’ve always wanted to be. It may be time to face what has limited you and really take effective control of your life. Counseling can help you remember what is important to you, how to have fun, what your dreams are, what got in your way of accomplishing those dreams and how to create a life that reflects your highest potential.

Call 215.692.2753 for a no-obligation telephone consultation on how Alliance Counseling Services can be of assistance to you and/or your organization.