Thinking about changing your drinking or substance use can feel daunting or overwhelming. Therefore, it’s important to be clear on your reasons for that change. After all, drinking and using do offer some benefits. However, many people also experience downsides. Taking inventory of what you have at stake can be helpful in making a decision about whether or not to change. Those reasons can be especially helpful in moments of distress.
If you determine that your drinking or use is problematic or simply unhelpful, let’s explore what might be underneath it. Sometimes painful experiences from our past propel us to find a solution to the pain. Alcohol and substances can be effective at numbing pain, but you may be left with unresolved grief, trauma, anger, shame, or guilt. This requires an integrative approach to treatment to address both the substance use and your emotional pain.
If you have decided that you’d like to change your drinking or substance use, therapy can help you accomplish your goal. There is no “one size fits all” treatment approach when it comes to treating substance use, so let’s work together to determine what will best help you live the life you want. Call me today for help in reaching your goals regarding substance use.