Substance Use & Addiction
"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes the fear."
-- Rosa Parks
Have you ever thought, "I'm not going to drink (or use) tonight" and find yourself drinking and using your substance? Have you ever tried to manage the amount you use? Have you tried to stop multiple times and can't stay stopped? Are you experiencing consequences that have resulted in the loss of friends and family, legal issues, and financial consequences?
Addiction, also called substance use disorder, is a disease that affects a person's brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medicine. When addicted, people find they may continue using the substance despite the harm it causes. Sadly, this disease often convinces its victims they do not need help. It can also convinces the family that trying to help is futile. However, people before and after you find solutions. You can too.
I have worked with people struggling with substance abuse for over 10 years. As a drug previous alcohol counselor, program director of detox and residential treatment facilities, and as a therapist, I have helped people to recover and find a way out. I provide a safe office where you can speak freely, without judgements or shame.
You can recover from addiction. Shame and guilt do not need to be a part of your recovery. Together will will identify a plan for recovery including relapse prevention, triggers, any need for treatment and outside support, and how develop to better cope with living without substances. There are options and and we will work together to find the best of these options that works for you.