My Approach to Helping
Are you grateful to be alive today? Have you burned bridges with various family members and loved ones but feel that you can't stop a cycle of repetitive and destructive behaviors related to your addiction? I believe in restorative health, that there are healthy ways to begin again and to regain the mental and emotional ground you feel you may have lost. Recovery is a journey walk that requires an intentional mindset, motivation for healing and a deliberate and daily commitment and readiness for ongoing sober supports.
Often individuals with a substance use disorder experience tremendous guilt and low self-esteem. I believe that everyone strives and desires to be happy. Addiction can rob one of their dreams, future goals and eventually even their hope. A majority of individuals with substance use disorders initially use to avoid various traumas they may have experienced and "self-medicate" in order to drown out painful memories and related emotions. Development of negative coping skills can easily begin to progress once self-preservation kicks in as the person experiencing trauma is in the survival mode. It is very common for individuals with addicted personalities to engage in various cross addictions trying to avoid the core issues that have led them to the addiction in the first place.
Recovery means to walk in a completely different direction, to learn new and positive coping strategies, to address head on those painful feelings and memories and learn alternate ways of managing stress. Trust can be regained and anxiety and depression do not have to be a way of life. Techniques and strategies related to refusal skills, managing cravings, and urges, handling the holidays and managing co-occurring disorders are often successful with the help of a licensed clinical professional who understands these very complex and underlying workings.