Recovery from Addiction: Beyond 12-Step
People turn to alcohol, drugs, and addictive behaviors for a myriad of reasons, but fundamentally, these are ways to cope with or avoid feelings of pain. When we stop using chemicals or processes to escape the inescapable, long-buried feelings and unresolved issues tend to emerge. At that point, hope and strength are tested, and self-care becomes vitally important.
An important part of your recovery is the opportunity to work through distressing emotions, to understand them, and address their underlying causes. This allows us to deal openly with feelings of shame, perfectionism, self-esteem, and so on. We'll also look at rebuilding relationships and careers that may have been damaged, and bring to light any impairments to your personal development.
Whether or not you are currently working a program, beginning therapy means that you're ready to explore the causes and effects of your addiction. If that is the case, you can expect a safe, nonjudgmental, and supportive experience - no matter what stage of recovery you're in - as we work to resolve both past and current issues. This will enable you to understand your pain without having to run from it.