Addiction

For men and women who feel helpless or hopeless attempting to reduce or abstain from alcohol and drugs on their own. Perhaps, it has impacted important areas your life or it has consumed your time, energy, and thoughts for far too long. Engaging in therapy with me involves identifying triggers, tracking urges, and seeking out activities other than drug/alcohol use that bring you joy.

The major outcomes of our work together can include:

  • reduction in substance use to improve physical and emotional health as well as relationships
  • obtaining/maintaining sobriety to pursue healthy lifestyle and relationships
  • changing entrenched habits and behavioral patterns that are blocking you from living a fulfilled life (people pleasing, poor relationship choices, trouble with anger management, overeating, drinking, smoking to cope)
  • adjust to and lessen the confusion and fear associated with major life changes
  • balance work/school-life stress (clarifying values and goals, overcoming roadblocks, navigating a fast-pace life)
  • a decrease in anxiety and/or depression to improve relationships, well-being, and overall functioning
  • a decrease in heightened arousal states
  • increased ability to relax and return to normal states of attention
  • an increase in self-awareness to monitor thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and implement changes needed to improve life satisfaction
  • an increase in interpersonal skills to improve relationships and school/work interactions
  • an improvement of communication in relationships

Other ways therapy can make your life better:

  • healing pain (physical and emotional)
  • helping you pursue intellectual, cultural, or spiritual interests
  • decreasing bad habits to live a healthier, happier life
  • improving management skills at work/home to become more productive and efficient
  • increasing grounding/mindfulness to relax and cope with stressors in the moment
  • improving coping skills to handle daily stressors and distressful situations
  • learning mindfulness skills for coping with ongoing stressors
  • learning progressive muscle relaxation techniques to cope with stressors and learn to relax
  • implementing routine self-care (e.g. diet, exercise, pleasant activities) to increase serotonin levels (i.e. the body’s “happy hormone”)