Are you struggling with coming to terms with an addiction?
Do you feel that the substance(s) you are using are now impairing your life?
Is a loved one’s addiction making it difficult for you to function?
Often alcohol and drug addiction begin as a way to have fun, relax, or manage stressors. However, because of the chemical effects, these substances often overtake any healthy coping mechanisms, and become the only way for people to feel good or escape. In the long run, the substances no longer give you a positive feeling, a “break,” or sense of relief. Instead, they create significantly more problems in terms of behavior, priorities, relationships, and ability to function.
Drug addiction symptoms and behaviors include, among others:
- Feeling the need to use the drug regularly, which can be daily or multiple times a day
- Having intense urges for the drug
- Over time, needing more of the drug to get the same effect
- Making certain that you maintain a supply of the drug
- Not meeting obligations and work responsibilities
- Doing things you wouldn’t normally do to get the drug, such as stealing
- Focusing more and more time and energy on getting and using the drug
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using the drug
- Failed attempts to quit using the drug
If you can relate to any of the above symptoms or behaviors, it may be time to consider addiction counselling.
As a therapist who works with addiction, I will address the symptoms of your addiction and the related areas of impaired functioning. Together we’ll structure the time and content of your ongoing recovery.
I believe that there are many paths to successful recovery that will work with your goals and desires, and ensure you can make the life changes you want to make.
Loved ones: Are you are looking to step back from trying to help a loved one, or are frustrated by their actions? I can help you develop coping mechanisms, and boundaries that will allow you to focus on your life and happiness, and stop being consumed by your loved one’s challenges.
Contact me today if you wish to schedule an appointment.