Substance Abuse Counseling
Drug and alcohol abuse is at an all-time high in our society – anything from alcohol and prescription medications to illicit drugs.
The effects of substance abuse do not stay at an individual level but extend out to family, friendships, and employment.
For people with addiction, finding yourself mired in shame, resentment and feelings of helplessness can be a barrier to treatment. Starting at an outpatient level allows someone to gradually explore the life events and factors which have led to such a painful time in life.
While I agree with the disease concept of addiction, I believe that it is always fueled by painful events both past and current.
Seeking help to heal, understand and overcome is best done in a therapeutic setting.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
A mental health professional has the training and experience to help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to answer in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
As therapy is unique to each individual, as we will map out a path to a healthier life together.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I have been practicing for over 20 years. I work with people struggling with both mental health and substance abuse problems.