You or a loved one, can become ill and suffer from a disease such as addiction, substance abuse, depression or other emotional challenges such as anxiety and grief. Who do you turn to when the emotional pain, frustration and anger is so great you can't think? The effects of substance abuse are felt in the entire family, so much so that family members can unintentionally fuel the problem.
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There's no blame when we struggle in these ways. What does create more confusion, suffering and pain, however, is not reaching out for help as soon as possible. That's my job, whenever you show up and ask for my help, I will meet you at the door and invite you in to get started making things better for you and those you care about.
No Need To Go On Suffering
When you’re in pain and need relief, it doesn’t really matter whether the trouble is called a disease, mental illness, alcoholism, depression or anxiety. You want help and deserve to get things in your life turned around as soon as possible so you can feel better. Having said that, it is important to note that addictions or substance abuse is classified by medical professional as a complex disease.
As a professional counselor, I am trained and experienced in knowing what to do and how to guide you most effectively onto the path of recovery and renewal of health and strength. My style is a coaching one. First I provide the insight and new tools or skills a person or family needs to improve their situation. Then, for as long as it takes, I’ll be there for you with encouragement, positive feedback, comfort or challenge, as needed.
Addiction, Substance Abuse and Depression Issues, Teenagers
Many have worked successfully with me on additional challenges such as anxiety and panic attacks, marriage and relationship troubles, career and life transitions, including retirement.
I Work With Men and Women, Husbands and Wives
I enjoy working with men and I am good at what I do. At one time, I focused my practice almost exclusively on men and their unique problems. However, wives and women concerned about the welfare of their husbands or male partners continued to come to me for guidance as to how to deal with their men who were reluctant to seek counseling for themselves.
As a result, I have also become proficient helping women who live with alcoholic husbands, men struggling with PTSD and related issues, stress management and aging concerns.
I work with Teenagers
As a former high school teacher, wrestling coach and girls soccer coach I understand the perspective of young teens and subsequent struggles that bubble up in their peer and family relationships. I have been very successful in helping families find a path to peace.
No Easy Fixes
Although there are no “easy fixing for easy fixes,” the mental health field and addiction psychology in particular, have progressed in developing therapeutic and counseling modalities which are evidence-based and proven to be more strategic in addiction recovery, as well as relapse prevention.
For example, for the chronic signs of alcoholism to become apparent in a person's life, solid and regular drinking for 15 to 20 years is required. Addiction and substance abuse counseling or treatment does not need another 20 years to help an individual regain abstinence and sobriety. Fortunately, professionals such as Bill Miller, Bill White, Nora Volkow, Maia Szalavitz, Gabor Mate and Betty Ford have lead the way in developing research and addiction counseling modalities which put substance abuse treatment and recovery in the modern age of medicine.
However, unlike alcohol consumption, which can make a person feel better quickly, learning to manage the stressors and anxiety of life without alcohol requires some time and commitment to using less destructive methods for feeling good and maintaining life balance. Furthermore, solid and sustained sobriety is not possible without outside help and professional guidance.
Substance Abuse Counseling and Other Support/Resources
Professional counseling can be very effective guiding and sustaining a person and their family as they achieve recovery from the effects of addiction. But, usually that alone is not enough.
I have found that the person who is willing to use support groups, AA, a church group or a therapy group in a counselor's office, for example, moves along more quickly in recovery. Equally important is the use of one-on-one relationships and connections with other individuals developing a new identity around living without alcohol or other mood altering substances. This certainly includes 12-step sponsors, mentors and others with long-term sobriety.
Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired?
Take heart. There is hope and wellness for you, the addict and/or the caring partner living with a user of addictive behaviors. If a window of readiness has opened in your life and now is the time to turn things around and stop digging deeper into despair, I can help. I know what to do and how counseling can make the positive difference you seek.
With so many resources and expertise available to help you stop addiction, substance abuse, depression from running your life, you owe it to yourself and family to give me a call today (843-422-2861) and together we will turn your life around.