Respond counseling program

Gary Sosbee

Rehabilitation has become a way of life for Gary Sosbee, but he isn’t the one receiving the help.

Sosbee, a professional counselor, has helped people overcome their drug addictions and other stressful problems for more than 30 years. He recently opened Respond, a new professional counseling service in Killeen.

“I have two programs, working within the area of substance abuse and with people dealing with some sort of addiction of dependency problems,” Sosbee said.

Respond is a series of experiential workshops designed to raise awareness about the way people live and the choices they make that affect the lives of others.

Sosbee said the seven-day program, which he calls “magical and powerful,” has proven to be effective.

“If we really look at it and break down the faulty thinking, then I can do that in seven days,” he said. “It’s really intense, and it’s not an easy thing. Most intensive outpatient programs run for a few hours or a few days a week for a few weeks, and my thought was that you lose that continuity if you give too many days in between. So I felt if someone really wants to do the work, then we can in seven days.”

The program caters to people dealing with prescription drug dependency or addictions to street drugs such as methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and heroine.

“The relapse rate (of addicts) is off the chart and is more than 70 percent, which is a conservative number,” he said.

“So I realize I am fighting a battle that looks insurmountable to most people, but I feel that I have this program that is ready to deliver and that it’s effective.”

Sosbee also works with children to help stop the generational trend of drug use.

“I also have done Respond with adolescents and with youth at risk,” he said.

“It’s not just dealing with the aftermath of drug abuse, but also dealing with preventative measures. It all boils down to what choices we are making in our lives, so we really put that under a microscope and study the choices that they are making.”

Sosbee, an Army veteran with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degrees in counseling and divinity, also can help people dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety.

He hopes to use his counseling services to help alleviate the backlog of soldiers in the intense outpatient program at Fort Hood.

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