Do you think you, or your teen, might be addicted?
Sometimes, addictions can be difficult to detect. You may have made choices to handle stressors or blow off steam that have developed into something more. You never really thought you, or your teen, would have a substance problem. Drugs or alcohol were the tool of choice to help you relax and wind down after a long day. Making the decision to make a change to live your life without relying on substances.
Asking yourself the following may help you determine if we can help you on your journey to recovery.
Have you tried to slow down the use, or frequency, and it not last?
Have you tried to quit, just to find yourself using again?
Does your partner (or do your parents) complain about your use, or sudden change in interaction or withdrawal?
Do you (or your teen) spend a significant amount of time thinking about using your substance of choice, or spending a significant amount of time trying to obtain the substance?
Have you found yourself using more than you intended to, or have a difficult time stopping before you have used too much?
Do you have feelings of guilt about your choices, or feel guilty about something your friends said you did, but cannot remember?
Maybe, you do not think you are addicted to anything, but would like to stop using, just to see?
Now it is time to focus on your healthy choice, and put all of your energy into being sober.
When you come to Embark Counseling for Substance Abuse:
- You will feel a sureness about your choice to pursue sobriety
- You will learn better ways to cope with a demanding life and other stressors that don’t involve using substances
- You will become aware of the emotions underneath your substance use, such as shame, fear or hurt, and address them at the source.
- You will feel more connected to others in your life, because you will keep your addiction from getting in the way of your relationships.
- You will understand you are not alone. Over 20 million Americans experience substance use and abuse, and experience the same shame and fear. Working with one of our addictions counselors, and not working on this alone, will give you what you need to get and stay sober; overcome your shame and fears; and begin to find joy in a healthy life and find your joy again.
What the Addiction Counseling process looks like:
Addiction Counseling is intended to help you develop a plan, so you know how to cope and respond when you start to feel the need to use. Together, you and your counselor will develop a strong rapport to develop targeted goals and new ways to reduce your stress, isolation, and any other underlying emotions that make you reach for drugs or alcohol. You will discover healthy ways to deal when you are feeling moved by strong emotions, whether it is stress, fear, depression, anxiety.
You and your counselor will meet together weekly for 60-minute sessions. Therapy is best done with at least an 8-week commitment. We find that clients who cannot commit to at least 8 weekly sessions and meet less than weekly tend to have more difficulty in establishing a relationship with their counselor and often spend their sessions recapping the previous weeks instead of focusing on forward movement. After 8 weekly sessions, you and your counselor can discuss the movement toward your treatment goals and whether adjusting your sessions, or continuing your sessions is necessary.
Your Next Steps:
You absolutely can take charge of your life, intervene to take control of your addiction, and make a difference. It is completely possible to regain control over how substances are impacting your choices, your mood and your relationships. You will be able to find new ways to cope with stress and relax that don’t contribute to your developing addiction.
It may feel like a challenge now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t understand your tendency to reach for substances and replace the urge with something healthier. You will have the coping skills to recognize the signs of your addiction and to keep it from taking over your life. You’ll be able to blow off steam in ways that maintain your sobriety. Ultimately, you’ll find ways to make better decisions that lead to a higher quality of life. The counselors at Embark Counseling can help. To talk to a professional today, call (913)257-3161, or email our practice manager at email@example.com.
We look forward to supporting you on your journey!
Our Addictions Counselors
- Katherine Raue, MA, LPC, T-LMAC