So many times, I hear the same thing from clients:
"I've wasted so much time in my addiction"
Drug and alcohol addiction robs you of one of the most important things you have: Time.
As you well know, accepting your problem with addiction is not that simple. You might admit you have a problem, but you'll try your best to hang on to addiction.
If your addictive behaviours are causing you more pain than pleasure then
it's time to change.
Addictive behaviour doesn't just go away by itself.
Counselling is a step to liberate yourself from your addictive behaviours by:
- Breaking through the denial that keeps addictive behaviour intact
- Assessing the severity of your substance addiction and creating an individualized treatment plan
- Learning tools for Relapse Prevention
- Identifying thoughts and feelings that fuel your addiction
- Fostering Accountability and Integrity
- Understanding and setting boundaries essential to maintaining your well-being
THREE IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF COUNSELLING
The first step in getting help for your substance addiction is through assessment.
In order to know where you are going, you have to know where you are starting out from. Visit my assessment page to find out more about what I offer.
My work with you is collaborative. That means, we work together to make a plan of what you want to change. As we work together, we will assess the progress we are making.
In early stages of counselling, CBT techniques help to challenge and confront the addictive behaviour. Often times, there are deeper 'drivers' of addiction whether that is mental health or trauma. Once stabilized, various modalities including EMDR can be incorporated into treatment to address underlying trauma associated with addiction.
You can't take something away without replacing it with something else.
Recovering is not just about not using drugs or alcohol. It's about learning to live well. That includes exercise, self-care, nutrition and doing things that create meaning and help to build your self-esteem. Together we will find ways to develop this for you.