Addictions

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Your journey towards healing and recovery starts here...

 

“Though no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending.” – Carl Bard

I have witnessed the destructive impact addiction has on the lives of men, women, children, and families over the last 7 years working in the field of addiction treatment and recovery. I have supported people through their deepest and darkest moments, encouraged changed, and embraced their struggles.

Most people involved in addictions don’t acknowledged the problems caused or exacerbated by addiction until it’s too late. Others realize these problems, yet still struggle to sustain meaningful changes in the long-run. Either way, addictions can be extremely difficult to recover from without proper guidance and skill.

Also, the individual alone isn’t the only one who suffers from the impact of addiction. Often times friends, family, children, co-workers, and loved ones – relationships we are emotionally invested in – too are impacted by addiction.

The most common form of “addiction” is an addiction to chemical substances (like alcohol, heroin, and methamphetamine); however, others can become addicted to certain self-destructive habits or activities (like sex/love, gambling, video games, and pornography), which are known as “behavioral addictions”.

While the behavior and problem outcomes can be different, both addictions are actually more similar than you think!

Common Types of Addictions:

*Drugs or Alcohol                              *Gaming                              *Pornography

*Sex & Love                                        *Food                                  *Gambling        

*Shopping/Compulsive Buying           *Internet/TV

 

How Do I Know If a Loved One or I Have an Addiction?

While not absolute, here is a quick guide that can help you assess whether or not you or a loved one may have an addiction, as well as its’ severity:              

  • Have you wanted to cut down or quit but not have been able to do it?
  • How much time (hours/day or week) do you spend engaging in the behavior?
  • How does the behavior interfere in your relationships, work, or personal life?
  • Have you ever experienced strong urges or cravings to engage in the behavior?
  • Have you ever experienced an obsessive need to plan or participate in the behavior?
  • Are you frequently preoccupied with the behavior while doing other things?               

I you offer a unique mix of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), mindfulness, and experiential modalities to deepen your self-awareness and insight, build your resiliency and coping skills, explore motivations and barriers to change, and help make long-lasting changes in your life.

And remember….

You are not alone in this struggle. Your path towards healing and recovery starts here.

Sliding scale fees are available, limited, and based on affordability

I offer 50-minute Individual Addictions Counseling sessions.

If you or a loved one is experiencing negative outcomes as a result of an addiction, Contact me for a FREE 30-minute phone consultation. I’m happy to answer your questions, comments, or concerns.