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Concerned about your alcohol or drug use?
While substance use can feel like an immediate fix to uncomfortable emotions like stress, anxiety, loneliness and depression, the long-term outcome is often an increase in distress, or a reliance on the substance to have any type of relief. The addictive nature of alcohol and drugs results in problematic substance use for many people. This looks different for each person.
Problematic Alcohol or Drug Use might look like:
Needing to use more and more to get the same desired effect
Withdrawal symptoms when you stop using
Feeling like you have no control over the amount you use in a sitting
Feeling like you can't cope with life's stressors without using
Continuing to use even though it is no longer enjoyable
Blacking out while using
Using taking time away from other things that are important to you
Problems at work related to your substance use or withdrawal symptoms
Problems in your relationships related to your substance use or withdrawal symptoms
Using and driving
Using despite physical health issues
Using despite mental health issues
If you are noticing that your alcohol or drug use is causing problems in your life, it may be time to seek counselling.
Whether you are still trying to decide if your substance use is problematic, you want to stop using but don't know how, or you have already started your recovery journey, I can help.
Counselling for addiction helps you to:
Develop an addiction recovery plan that is tailered for you
Create a relapse prevention plan
Increase your emotional awareness and resilience
Develop new ways to respond to stress and hardship
Build a better understanding of your addiction and reasons for using
Find compassion for yourself and past decisions you have made
Recovery is possible.
I have worked in the field of substance use addiction for the past 6 years, and I have seen many people recover and go on to live joyful and fulfilling lives. Staying in the present moment through mindfulness and tackling life one day at a time are strategies that many people in recovery from problematic substance use utilize cope with uncertainty, stress or cravings.
Addiction recovery is not easy, but it comes with many rewards.
The key to a successful recovery is developing a treatment plan that is suited to your specific needs and goals.
You might be wondering,
but do I REALLY have a substance use addiction?
Substance use addiction has many names: alcoholism, drug addiction, substance use disorder, problematic substance use, alcohol abuse or drug abuse, binge drinking, drug dependence, and of course each substance comes with another list of terms. It is no wonder, it is a bit confusing.
At the end of the day, the name does not matter. If your relationship with substances is creating hardship or problems in your life, it may be time to make a change.
The great thing is you do not have to do it alone.
While I use the word "addiction", I work with anyone who is finding that their substance use is causing problems in their lives. You do not need to take on the label of "alcoholic" or an "addict" to get support in building a life that is more satisfying and fulfilling for you.
Tired of trying to figure it out all on your own?
Book your free 20-minute video consultation today!
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