Are you struggling with substance use or abuse of some kind? Has it risen to a level of interference in your day to day activities or has it become the day today activity? Are you wondering what your life could look like without the use of alcohol and other drugs or if that is even possible? Are you drinking or using and seeing signs of it headed in a potentially bad direction?
I work with anyone wanting therapy for any number of reasons with a specialized focus (but certainly not limited to) substance use disorders. We are all in “recovery” from something in life. The “recovery” process is simply life skills and learning coping strategies and behaviors that makes an individual live a more meaningful life by living by a set of principles and learning to cope with day-to-day life challenges. I will work with anyone that seeks a safe space to process their thoughts and feelings.
Addiction and the behaviors that occur as a result do not and cannot define the whole person. We are much more than addiction or recovery, we are human beings…complicated, wonderful, imperfect, human beings, with many intricate parts working together that include biological, psychological, social, and spiritual pieces. Addiction can negatively affect each one of these areas of our lives causing even more anxiety and stress. Caldwell Counseling Center will work with you to manage these and other daily challenges that life throws our way. I will provide a safe nonjudgemental space to work with you wherever you are in your stage of life with or without a SUD concern.
Substance use or abuse also known as Substance Use Disorder (SUD) has three specifiers of use that are mild, moderate, or severe use. Regardless of where you fall on this spectrum getting the help you need to get back to, or maybe find for the first time, a healthy balance in your life can be challenging. SUD is a shame-based disorder that many people do not understand as it affects a person’s behavior unlike anything else. Anxiety, depression, grief and loss generally accompany a SUD in some way as well as relationship behavioral issues, and many other co-occurring disorders.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) asks the question:
Can addiction be treated successfully?
“Yes, addiction is a treatable disorder. Research on the science of addiction and the treatment of substance use disorders has led to the development of research-based methods that help people to stop using drugs and resume productive lives, also known as being in recovery.” (NIDA, 2019)