Alcohol and Drug Counseling
Addiction is a real illness. Why would anyone chose to lose everything and live with severe anxiety and depression? I believe people have to be educated about their illness and the thought process that supports it before they can manage it and achieve long term sobriety.
When I graduated college in 2005 I became the lead therapist of a chemical dependency rehab in an inpatient psych hospital. I walked away from those four years with a few invaluable lessons:
- I cannot predict who will and will not get sober. Looks in the beginning can be deceiving. It takes time to learn the illness and manage it. Almost every time I think I “know” someone will get clean or keep using, I am proven wrong. The best way to monitor a person in treatment is listen to actions, not words.
- There is no cookie cutter approach to sobriety. There is a concept in therapy called equifinality. It’s a fancy way of saying there are many ways to an end. When I treat people for chemical dependency, I help the person learn the options, not chose the options. As long as sobriety is achieved, it doesn’t really matter to me how the person gets there.
- Chemical dependency is deadly and no one is immune. The personal and professional losses I have experienced due to the illness are numerous. People I thought were immune to death because of how intelligent, supported, or loved they were died just the same as anyone else struggling with chemical dependency. I have experience working with families trying to cope with a family member that is using or deal with grief and loss when the family member passes away or is jailed long term.
Honestly, most clients that are getting treatment for chemical dependency or abuse issues do not like me at first. They are not used to someone providing feedback about their behaviors or beliefs. Later in treatment, I find that my clients find my services invaluable and are very pleased with the results.
If you are interested in getting treatment, consider making an appointment.