Substance Use & Other Behavioral Recovery Support
Substance Use-related distress can be rooted in the use or over-dependence on chemicals or substances, or problematic behaviors.
We work with drug and/or alcohol use disorders, including Opioid Use Disorders.
We welcome anyone who is receiving Methadone, Buprenorphine, or Naltrexone as a part of their recovery.
We also help clients address problematic behaviors related to pornography, gaming/internet, high-risk behaviors, sex, shopping, binge eating.
We use a harm reduction approach in recovery counseling
We provide Harm Reduction Psychotherapy for recovery. In this model, we use a bio-psycho-social approach to address the complexities of drug use, dependence, abuse, and addiction. We see addiction as interactive and influenced by biology, psychology, and social characteristics. This looks different for each person and for each drug you use.
You are a person first. You are not a sum of your weaknesses, but rather it is your strengths that will help you overcome the challenges you face in recovery. This is the lens and approach we use to help you plan out your treatment, while taking into account your relationship with alcohol, drugs, or other harmful behaviors.
In counseling for recovery, we also look at other influencing issues, such as emotional or mood symptoms and disorders, family conflict, trauma histories, social issues, and medical complications.
We use a nonjudgmental and collaborative approach to encourage you to explore your barriers to change and to help you choose from a range of options such as abstinence, or moderation. The goal of recovery counseling is to help you create strategies to decrease harmful alcohol and/or drug use, or other harmful behaviors.
If you are seeking support in recovery for persistent substance use, and/or other problematic behaviors, our sessions will help you work through the foundational issues of chemical dependence, thought and behavioral symptoms, the lifestyle of addiction, and the life of recovery.
We can help you address:
- You find it difficult to control the use of particular substances, continue to use a substance or engage in certain behaviors even though you might be aware of the harm it can cause, or it is clear you have already experienced harmful consequences.
- You are experiencing powerful cravings or desires for the substance or to engage in behaviors that help relieve these cravings or desires, even though you have a strong desire to stop.
- You see or have seen how the use of the substances or your behaviors have impacted your life in multiple areas, like your physical health, mental health, family, work, relationships, or you have/had legal ramifications; these issues have negatively impacted your overall quality of life.
- You are currently in recovery from substance misuse, or behavioral struggles, and want to maintain this path through continued treatment and accountability, and working towards continued growth and wellbeing.
- You are currently in treatment with medications to help with recovery, like Methadone, Buprenorphine, or Naltrexone, and you want 1:1 therapy to increase mental wellbeing, recovery outcomes, and psychosocial stability.
- attachment/boundaries/co-dependency in relationships
- chronic pain/health implications
- co-occurring addiction & mental health symptoms
- denial and resistance to change behaviors
- educating clients and families about addiction and recovery
- family and relationship issues stemming from addiction/substance abuse
- fear related to stopping addictive behaviors or substance use
- loss of motivation to pursue interests that previously brought fulfillment
- planning to prevent or address setbacks
- setbacks in recovery, otherwise often called “relapse”
- struggles to disengage with social groups/contacts that foster addiction