Mr. Hassoun is a native of Lebanon from the city of Ghazieh. He is a fully licensed professional counselor (LPC), a certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor (CAADC) in the state of Michigan and obtained his Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) credential from the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals. Mr. Hassoun’s experience encompasses servicing clients in outpatient clinical settings, private practice, and (inpatient) residential/correctional and hospital treatment settings.
Mr. Hassoun is the lead therapist at an outpatient practice in the city of Ann Arbor, MI. He offers face to face as well as Tele-health video counseling and consultation services. If you are interested in inquiring about his services, you can visit him at his website: PREMIERCOUNSELINGLLC.COM
We recently had a great conversation with this talented therapist Mr. Hassoun, enjoy the interview here:
US Mag: What made you write a book about addiction recovery?
I had been in the addiction and mental health field since 2012. I have been providing relapse and recidivism prevention lectures and seminars since the beginning of my career. I noticed many consumers inquire about gaining more insight at the end of the educational talks. This gave me the idea of arranging the content in a reading and writing format for individuals (or their loved ones) struggling with mental health and addiction issues.
US Mag: What’s the reason behind choosing this name “Manifestation” for your book?
Recovery, by definition, is the retrieval or reclaiming of something that has been dimmed, masked, and lost. Reflect on the word Recover and notice the significance of the first two letters. The first two letters reveal that individuals involved in the process of recovery are aiming to re-gain or re-claim a relationship with an authentic version of themselves. The false version of the self that is in active addiction or struggling with the mental health issues can be studied via its own personal manifestations or patterns of personal regression.
Recovery is a process of weakening and/or extracting resistance patterns that are manifested in many forms.
US Mag: This book has been published prior in 2018, why did you update/revise the book two years later?
I chose to make modifications to the original book for two reasons. The first was due to feedback from previous readers on their preference to have a more interactive approach and it was suggested to add segments to take notes, check items from lists, etc.
The second reason was due to various requests for content on the sources that aided in the establishment of the manifestations of mental health and or addiction issues. In a way this new version explores the “WHY” “WHAT” and “HOW” to move forward.
US Mag: Tell our readers a little more about the content of the book and how it is organized?
The reader will have access to specific insight on elements of resistance that fuel addiction and /or mental health issues, get familiar with the dynamics of change, terminate potential misconceptions about the recovery process, and explore a holistic approach to treat both conditions.
Part I explores the resistance themes experienced by recovering addicts, describes the significance of the initial wound and its establishment of the avoidance craving.
Common avoidance manifestations are described in detail: ego, denial, codependency, resentments, reservations, and expectations. The last segment in Part I of this book, helps the reader increase personal awareness on various categories of relapse traps.
Part II introduces the reader to securing “THE AIM” in recovery and establishing a Commitment Statement. Segments on Self-Assessment and the Awareness Inventory will support the establishment of a deeper understanding on internal change dynamics.
The intervention system discussed in this book is a five-level system. The five elements need to be intimately interconnected to achieve balance.
US Mag: How is your book different from other books in the self help or recovery field?
Every book written in the self-help or mental health field serves a purpose and carries a message. Based on my personal history of substance abuse, personal healing process, servicing individuals in recovery, and working with various mentors on overcoming personal stagnation, I have been able to develop an awareness on elements of suffering and their purpose. My message can aid someone on their journey and giving back to others suffering from addiction and mental health issues keeps me grounded.
I operate from a holistic approach and utilize acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).The core conception of ACT is that psychological suffering is usually caused by experiential avoidance (compulsive escape from suffering) and cognitive entanglement (over attachment to conditioned thinking). This results in psychological rigidity.
The book explores various principles to help individuals develop psychological flexibility: Cognitive de-fusion, emotional purging, acceptance, mindfulness, self-observation/self-actualization, value clarification, and commitment to vitality.
US Mag: In your book you state that pain and suffering are not problems, but the relationship individuals have with pain and suffering is the real problem. Can you elaborate on this concept?
Addiction is a manifestation of an original problem. No one is born addicted; however, individuals acquire addictions over time. Addiction is a brain disease. Many studies and brain scans evidenced dysfunction in brain circuits that lead to characteristic biological, psychological, social, and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.
If we successfully treat the disease of addiction, don’t you think we also need to address what fueled the development of addiction as well?
This involves attending to behavioral and mental patterns that may cause future suffering or diminish the ability to function in life beyond abstinence.
Despite that addiction is a chronic, progressive, and relapsing brain disease, it has the potential for recurrence and recovery. The book discussed the types of relationships humans develop with respect to suffering and pain.
US Mag: Your favorite book?
My favorite book is called “The Prophet” by Khalil Gibran. It is composed of prose poetry fables filled with mysticism. I appreciate his approach to increasing awareness in his readers by his use of parables to stimulate reflection. It is pure art when a few lines can illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson. I am a student of his work.
Upon my passing I am leaving behind copies for my daughters.
US Mag: What motivates you to do your best work?
Having a sense of purpose in life I believe can ground individuals and stimulate growth. I am not in a competition with anyone except an older version of myself.
I aim to serve a purpose and as one of my guides once told me: “You are a carrier of a message like all living creatures, your purpose is to receive and send messages.” Living my awareness and implementing the insight I obtained through my relationship with other beings is a duty.
US Mag: Everybody needs time out. What do you do in your free time?
Self care is particularly important for me and I try to balance my time investments between physical activity, time with my daughters, traveling, cooking, reading and yoga.
US Mag: How can people find you and follow you online?
If anyone is interested in inquiring about my consultation or counseling services, they can visit my website PREMIERCOUNSELINGLLC.COM I receive messages directly to my email under the (connect with me) Tab.