Drug and Alcohol Addictions
Addiction to drugs and alcohol can be a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences to the person who is addicted and those around them. Drug addiction is a brain disease because the abuse of drugs leads to changes in the structure and function of the brain. Although it is true that for most people the initial decision to take drugs is voluntary, over time the changes in the brain caused by repeated drug abuse can affect a person’s self control and ability to make sound decisions, and at the same time send intense impulses to take drugs.
There is a cycle to addiction that is important to understand. Addiction is not an easy road and inpatient or outpatient treatment is usually required to control the addiction.
- Identifying addictive behaviors and cycles
- Understanding the psychological components of addiction
- Assessing and creating a comprehensive treatment plan unique to you
- Repairing relationships effected by addiction
- Creating new and healthy patterns supporting sobriety
- Identifying and treating co-occurring anxiety or depression
Seeing a therapist does not mean that you are weak and do not have the potential to handle your problems. Therapy is for people who are smart enough to realize they need help. I can give you tools and support for re-framing your thoughts that will last a lifetime.
I believe that behind each person’s brokenness lies a dignity that makes positive growth possible. I also believe a process of true healing can happen as we work as a team to solve your problems.
For your convenience you will find an “Alcohol Abuse Test” which is located on the menu bar on the tests page. You can learn whether any other alcohol related issues that you are experiencing merit further attention by looking at some of the other tests on the test page.
I understand the pain and struggle of addiction.
Call me at 314-644-3339 for more information. Together we can develop a plan to suit your needs.