Addiction


QUESTIONS:

Is addiction a part of your life?
Do you struggle to make healthy decisions?
Do you experience confusion in your relationships?
Do you know why you do what you do?

 
You may feel like your peers and family don’t really “get you.” It can be hard for you to trust your instincts. It can also be hard for you to trust others. You doubt yourself. A lot.

Maybe you struggle with substance abuse, love someone who does, or were raised in a home where addiction lived. The complex effects of addiction can be long lasting.

As a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in substance use, I understand how addiction can crush your soul and damage your relationships. It’s taken a lot to get you here; a lot of pain, heartache, and suffering.

Asking for help is hard. I’m so glad you’re here. I collaborate with clients who want to be true to themselves without any hesitation, guilt, or shame. Let’s work together to bring peace and serenity to your life.

You deserve it.


As a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, I am able to treat individuals experiencing chemical dependency as well as their family members.  Therapy can provide personal support for all individuals impacted by addiction and substance use.

The frequency and duration of therapy will be based on several factors including intensity of substance use, client motivation, stated goals, and implementation of therapeutic interventions.  Recovery is most successful when a client develops a balanced lifestyle, maintains healthy boundaries, and incorporates healthy coping skills.  This may include developing an exercise routine, limiting or increasing responsibilities and relationships, engaging in community support meetings, or establishing a spiritual connection.  Each recovery plan is specific and personalized.

Here is an article addressing the question “Is Addiction a Choice?”


Referral Sources

There may come a time during treatment when a more intense level of care is needed.  This may include detox, inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization program, or a halfway house.  I have personally toured every facility I refer to, ensuring my clients receive the most appropriate care.  I maintain contact with the clinical staff so there is no disruption to treatment.

Additionally, I am able to refer clients to recovery houses, sober living residencies, psychiatrists, and addiction specialists.  Comprehensive care is paramount.

Medically Assisted Treatment

Clients experiencing opioid dependency may utilize medically assisted treatment while receiving individual, couple, or family therapy.  I work closely with doctors who prescribe Suboxone, Subutex, and Vivitrol (Naltrexone).

Relapse & Addiction

While relapse is not a necessary, it can provide great insight to change.  It can help a client identify what was working and what needs to be different.   A relapse may or may not warrant a change in a client’s level of care.  Client safety is the number one priority.

The Science of Relapse

My Friend or Family Member is Addicted

You love this person and care about them.  You are concerned for their safety and well-being.  You don’t want to see them suffer.  But what can you do?

Being in a relationship with someone who is addicted to alcohol or drugs can be exhausting.  There is constant worry and fear and a sense of helplessness.  There is hope though in what you can do to help yourself, and in turn, help them.

You can’t control it.  You didn’t cause it.  You can’t cure it.  BUT…

Therapy can help you care for yourself, make healthy choices, communicate your feelings, and celebrate who you are.  You can learn how to express your concern to your loved one in a supportive way that could facilitate change.

Here is an article on risk factors and protective factors for teens.

Am I Addicted?

There can be many variables in your life that leave you with a yes or no answer to this question.  Here are some self-administered screening tools that may provide more guidance and insight.  Therapy can help you clarify exactly what is happening for you and help you develop a healthy lifestyle.

CAGE – for alcohol use:
DAST 10 – for drug use: You may find other screening tools helpful but please only use the ones marked “self administer.”