Addiction & Recovery

If you or your loved one have yet to arrive at the place where detoxification and residential inpatient treatment are needed, individual and family therapy may help to divert the “on-coming train”.  I have over 30 years of experience working with the recovery community and I have had success guiding individuals to take proactive measures to take back control before their addiction takes over.

You may have already been through treatment and need more support to maintain sobriety.  Stopping substance use and staying stopped are two different things.  It is important to understand how addiction (attitudes, thoughts, and behaviors) manifests in you after you’ve stopped using.  You have to identify the recovery-based symptoms before you can figure out how to stabilize and/or interrupt them.  Once you know what they are and can stabilize them, you will see that they don’t surface as often and don’t last as long.  That success is the foundation for the hope needed to stay the course and prevent relapse.

Areas of attention:

  • Motivation to Change
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Co-occurring Disorders

“I think that the power is the principle. The principle of moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you confidence when you look back and see what you’ve done.”
~ Robert Downey Jr. ~

More often than not, drug addictions start with an experimental use of a drug in social situations. And for some people, the drug use becomes more frequent. As time passes, a person may feel the need to use more of a drug to get their desired high, and soon a person may need the drug to simply feel “good.”

Drug addiction symptoms and behaviors include, among others:

  • Feeling the need to use the drug regularly, which can be daily or multiple times a day
  • Having intense urges for the drug
  • Over time, needing more of the drug to get the same effect
  • Making certain that you maintain a supply of the drug
  • Not meeting obligations and work responsibilities
  • Doing things you wouldn’t normally do to get the drug, such as stealing
  • Focusing more and more time and energy one getting and using the drug
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using the drug
  • Failed attempts to quit using the drug

If you can relate to any of the above symptoms or behaviors, it may be time to consider addiction counseling.

As an addiction counselor, I will address the symptoms of your addiction and the related areas of impaired functioning, and together we’ll structure the time and content of your ongoing recovery.

I believe that there are many paths to successful recovery that will work with your goals and desires, and ensure you can make the life changes you want to make. Contact me today for a free consultation.

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5655 Lindero Canyon Road Suite 724
Westlake Village, CA 91362
(805) 601-7191

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