Addiction and Substance Use
Many people wonder if they have been drinking or using too much, abusing prescription medication, or using sex in ways that don’t ultimately feel good. If you’re worried about your substance use or sexual behaviors, let’s explore what might be underneath it. Rarely have I found that someone’s use or addiction is the original issue. Addiction to substances (including sex) tends to become the symptom that gets the most attention, but past pain and traumatic experiences are usually the original problem. You may have unresolved grief, trauma, difficulties standing up for yourself, shame and guilt, or difficulties controlling your anger. I often find that misuse of substances or sex is accompanied by underlying emotional pain that requires an integrative approach to treatment.The good news is that substance use and misuse of sex are treatable and therapy can help. There is no “one size fits all” treatment approach when it comes to treating substance misuse or unwanted sexual behaviors, so let’s work together to determine what will best help you live the life you want. Call me today for help in reaching your recovey goals.