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Substance Abuse

Whether it’s alcohol, cocaine, opiates, prescription meds, or even marijuana…

…long-term abuse of any substance will deaden your spirit, create legal or professional consequences, and damage the quality of your health, family life, and relationships.

Maybe you always thought you could control your using or drinking.

Until one day you got a reality check that your life was in pieces around you — utterly out of control.

But even that first realization doesn’t get most of us into treatment.

The idea of quitting for good or changing our lifestyle seems overwhelming.

Or just plain unnecessary.

So, like anyone potentially facing a major loss, we deny the problem, we bargain with it, and we rage against the unfairness of our situation.

If I only use on weekends, I’ll be fine…

Why can she can have a glass of wine and I can’t?

Addicts are bums on the street, and that isn’t me!

So, what finally gets us to accept our addiction and seek help?

For some of us, it’s the threat of divorce or a jail sentence. For others, it’s the guilt and shame at behaviors we don’t even remember.

A few of us have been told by doctors that we’ll die soon if we don’t stop.

But for many others — and here, I’ll include the so-called “high-functioning” addicts — it’s a never-ending feeling of exhaustion, disgust, and frustration with ourselves.

The nagging sense that our lives could be so much more, without drugs or alcohol.

There are a lot of therapists out there who are wonderful at what they do — treating depression, anxiety, trauma, and a host of other mental health issues.

But addiction treatment should not be undertaken lightly.

There are delicate elements at play, including trust, building motivation, empathy, support, and total acceptance. These must be kept in an ideal balance for treatment to be successful.

I promise to bring every bit of my personal, ethical, and clinical expertise in addiction treatment to our work together.

As a person in recovery myself, I’m not only aware of what it takes to quit, I’ll help you create a plan to stay quit.

From there, I can help you build a rich and fulfilling life without substances — even if you have no idea what that looks like yet.

I offer individual, group, and family therapy to treat clients at every stage of the change and recovery process.

Are you ready to get started? Call (574) 276-7306 to schedule your free consultation today or email me at emily@freedomrecoverysb.com.