If you’re thinking about possibly changing your relationship to drinking or substance use, clarifying your reasons for that change is important. After all, drinking and using do offer some benefits, and it’s often helpful to name them. The same is true for naming any downsides to drinking or using. Taking inventory of what we have at stake can be helpful in making a decision about whether or not to change.
If you determine that your drinking or use is problematic or simply unhelpful, let’s explore what might be underneath it. Sometimes we find that painful experiences from our past propel us to find a solution to the pain. Alcohol and substances can be effective at numbing pain, but we may be left with unresolved grief, trauma, anger, shamed guilt, or difficulties with assertiveness. This requires an integrative approach to treatment to address both the substance use and your emotional pain.
If you decide that you’d like to change your drinking or 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 if you would like help in reaching your goals regarding substance use.