I work with individuals, couples, and families dealing with substance use and addictions.
Often times substance abuse begins with experimental use of a drug in social situations, or in response to a specific stressor or a trauma. And for some people, substance use then becomes more frequent. As time passes, a person may feel the need to use more of a substance to get the desired effect, and eventually a person may need the substance to simply feel “good.”
Some potential indicators of substance abuse include:
- Feeling the need to use the substance regularly, which can be daily or multiple times a day
- Having intense urges for the substance
- Over time, needing more of the substance to get the same effect
- Making certain that you maintain a supply of the substance
- Not meeting obligations and work responsibilities
- Doing things you wouldn’t normally do to get the substance, such as stealing
- Focusing more and more time and energy on getting and using the substance
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using the substance
- Failed attempts to quit using the substance
If you can relate to any of the above symptoms or behaviors, it may be time to consider addiction counseling.
People are diverse, and so are pathways to addiction. I do not believe in a “one size fits all” approach to addictions work. What this means is I do not ascribe solely to an “abstinence-only” model, a “12-step-only” model, or any other singular approach to recovery.
Rather, I utilize an individualized and collaborative approach, based in research. Together, we will address the symptoms of your addiction and the related areas of impaired functioning, and come up with a plan for relapse-prevention and ongoing recovery.
Just as there are many pathways to addiction, there are many paths to successful recovery. We will find the path that will work with your goals and desires, and ensure you can make the life changes you want to make. Contact me today for a free consultation.