Wherever you are in the recovery process, there is help available. It can be overwhelming to sort through all the options, or even to know what choices are right for you. Whether you are contemplating full or partial abstinence, a spiritually-based recovery or a more rational approach, it is important to find the best fit for your particular path.

While the process of recovery is not exactly the same for any two individuals, there are fundamental universal and biological truths that affect everyone — no matter what gender, age, faith, socioeconomic status, or cultural background. Treatment needs to take into account all of the former categories; but knowing that addiction can affect anyone, regardless of status, intelligence, age, or life path, might help to take away some of the shame and stigma that can be so common with this affliction. There are many intelligent ways to go about getting help. Important considerations include the medical implications of ceasing or cutting back, genetic factors, family history, the impact on your loved ones, work, health, as well as environmental factors, age, current stressors and triggers, and most important: your motivation to change.

For some, opening up this issue with a therapist can feel like a vulnerable process. There might be concerns that you will be talked into something, or that the therapist will not understand the nuances of your particular situation. In helping individuals and families in this struggle, I believe it is critical to have an understanding of the addiction process, and to stay current on the latest research in order to provide targeted, up-to date support. Balancing this information with sensitivity to the uniqueness of the individual and their family and loved-ones is important to making this process a success. If you have the desire and motivation to seek help, don’t wait. Call now for a consultation. If I cannot be of help, I will find the right place for you.

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