Substance Abuse / Addictive Behavior 

     Almost 21 million or more Americans have at least one addiction, yet only 10% of them receive treatment. Many individuals with addictive disorders are aware of their problem, but have difficulty stopping on their own. An addiction heavily impacts the way a person thinks, feels and acts. When a person succumbs to the grip of an addiction, it is extremely difficult to quit on their own. Understanding how a substance abuse problem develops helps to shed light on why they are so hard to beat. No one ever plans to become addicted. There are countless reasons why someone would try a substance or behavior. Some are driven by curiosity and peer pressure, while others are looking for a way to relieve stress. Children who grow up in environments where drugs and alcohol are present have a greater risk of developing a substance abuse disorder down the road. Other factors that might steer a person toward harmful substance use behavior include genetics, mental health disorders, and an inability to cope with life on life terms. Identifying a substance abuse problem can be a complicated process. While some signs of addictive behaviors are obvious, others are more difficult to recognize. Many people who realize they have a problem will try to hide it from family and friends, making it harder to tell whether someone is struggling. Empowering my patients to live their fullest lives, we create a treatment plan that incorporates mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health.

     Evidence-based treatment that my practice offers are cognitive behavioral therapy for substance abuse, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and 12 step self-help groups. It may seem as though recovery is impossible because drug use has taken away your ability to cope on life terms but with treatment and engagement in treatment recovery is achievable. Recovery from drugs and alcohol use seems to be a myth from one’s personal experience but know that recovery from substance abuse is real with investment in treatment and strong behavioral changes. I have been treating additions for more than 20 years and believe that applying evidenced based therapies and self-help groups makes recovery possible.

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