Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment
Alcohol and drug addiction comes in endless shapes and levels of emotional intensity. Despite feelings of pessimism and hopelessness, people do change and recover, and I witness it every day. My belief is that change happens through positivity, knowledge, and empowerment. Therapy can help in understanding what motivates your desire to drink or use, and why it’s so difficult to stop or control it. We will begin with a thorough assessment in order to identify underlying issues that have contributed to your substance abuse, including stress, trauma, or family history of addiction. We will collaborate on a treatment plan that works best for you, and modify it as needed to meet your changing needs.
Your treatment plan will include developing healthy and adaptive coping skills as you regain your physical and emotional well-being and begin integrating your new coping strategies. We will work together in setting empowering and achievable short and long-term goals that will allow you to reestablish your sense of purpose and truth, to recover, and to address overall healing and wellness and not just your drug or alcohol use.
Family Members and Loved Ones Affected by Alcohol and Drug Addiction
Anyone close to a person with an alcohol or drug addiction experiences the pain and destruction of their actions. They endure selfish behaviors, lies, and disrespect. They live in constant fear of overdose, are often in conflict with other family members, and feel emotionally exhausted.
Again, this is very important: I often hear from family members that they just need to get their loved one into treatment and that everything will be fine if the alcoholic/addict gets their mind right and stops drinking or using. This may happen, but it will be very difficult if the family member hasn’t worked through their anger and resentment and begins focusing on themselves.
I’m not saying that you have a problem or that you’re codependent; I’m saying that a problem exists within your family, and the more people involved in the recovery process, the more likely that change will occur. I’m also saying that after all you’ve been through, you’re deserving of healing and support, and protection from the chaos and insanity of alcoholism and drug addiction.
We will work through your feelings and learn to develop healthy boundaries, effective communication skills, how to identify actions that are supportive of recovery, and how to practice self-care. The changes you make will allow you to feel better about yourself and find fulfillment, even if your loved one does not stop drinking or using right away. We will work together and focus on you and your needs, how to restore your sanity, and in the process increase the possibility that your loved one will get help for their alcohol or drug addiction.