Are Illicit Drugs Stealing Your Chance To Live A Healthy, Productive Life?
- Have you developed an unhealthy dependency on crack, cocaine, heroin, meth, psychedelics or another illicit drug?
- Do you spend far too much money on drugs, perhaps even stealing from friends and family members to maintain your addiction?
- Are you worried an overdose is just around the corner and that your children will grow up in a one-parent household?
- Are you desperate to keep your family, career and all of the things you have built for yourself, but can’t imagine a life without drugs?
Like many people who struggle with addiction, perhaps you started abusing drugs because you felt something was missing from your life. Getting high might make you feel as though you are an entirely different person, someone stronger, more resilient, charismatic, sociable and attractive – perhaps the kind of person you always wanted to be.
Although drugs can make you feel like a superhuman, they are likely wreaking havoc on your reputation, career and family life, not to mention your physical and emotional health. Perhaps you often arrive late to work or have difficulty performing well because you stayed up late using the night before. Alternatively, you might use drugs to boost your work performance, thinking that they enhance your energy and creativity. Unfortunately your casual pick-me-up might have quickly developed into an unhealthy dependency. Perhaps you find yourself using drugs throughout the day to maintain your energy level and elevate your mood. Your greatest fear may be that your boss is going to find out about your “bathroom breaks” and that you’ll eventually loose your job.
Your drug habit is probably devastating your family, too. You may be physically and emotionally unavailable for your children, perhaps missing family functions and spending countless afternoons on the couch recovering from late-night binges. You may act angry, hostile and aggressive when confronted about your addiction, causing your partner, family members or friends to wonder what happened to the sweet, loving person they used to know. If you’re in a relationship, your partner may have gotten to the point of giving you an ultimatum: “quit using drugs or I’ll pack up the kids and leave.”
Perhaps overwhelming feelings of helplessness have you desperate to take away the pain you have caused your family. You may long to keep your family intact and maintain your career, but aren’t sure you can break free from the chokehold drugs have on your life.
People Struggling With Addiction Often Suffer In Silence
When you’re stuck in a cycle of illicit drug abuse, it’s easy to feel as though you’re the only person who’s struggling to break free from addiction. However, millions of people battle daily with addictive substances, but their struggle is not always visible. Addicts will go to great lengths to hide their drug abuse, which is why you may not often hear about it.
People tend to hide their addiction because of the stigma involved. They may feel ashamed, berating themselves for not having the willpower to quit. However, turning away from drugs takes more than just willpower. Addiction is the result of powerful genetic, physical and psychological forces over which you may have little or no control. Thankfully, drug abuse treatment can help you make healthy, positive changes in your life. With the help and support of an experienced, compassionate addiction counselor, you can begin to address the underlying issues that are fueling your addiction and find the relief that you seek.
Drug Abuse Treatment Can Help You Get Your Life Back
While some people may seek relief from their addiction through the use of medications like methadone, medications only offer a temporary solution and will not be able to replace the internal transformation that is offered by therapy. Only by tackling the underlying issues that are driving your addiction can you make the meaningful, long-term change necessary for recovery.
In sessions with me, you’ll be able to take a deep, introspective look at yourself as we begin to unravel the self-esteem issues that are causing you to seek comfort in illicit substances. If you think you’re abusing drugs simply because you are a “bad person,” I can help you discover why you think you are a bad person, and together we can work to rebuild your self-esteem. As your therapist, I can help you identify, challenge and transform any negative thoughts and perceptions you have about yourself, the world and the people around you so that we can begin to tackle the issues you’re truly struggling with. Because thoughts and behaviors influence each other, you can begin to control your behavior by learning to control your thoughts. This awareness opens up an entirely new pathway toward recovery.
If you’re worried about having to go cold turkey, don’t worry. You won’t have to practice abstinence right away. I practice a form of addiction treatment known as “harm reduction,” which I use as an interim step on the path to recovery. During therapy, I can help you make small, manageable steps to gradually reduce the harm you are doing to yourself and others. By using this method, you can stop feeling guilty and defeated by broken promises. By gradually making positive changes, the recovery process becomes more attainable and less maddening. Together we will celebrate each triumph you make over your addiction, no matter how large or small. You can begin to focus on the positive instead of dwelling on your setbacks and mistakes.
I offer a safe, nonjudgmental environment and will never judge you for the things you have done or mistakes you have made. With the help of an addiction specialist, it’s possible to save your family life and career. With hard work, patience and a willingness to be vulnerable in sessions, you can triumph over drugs and get back in touch with your full, authentic self.
Perhaps you’re ready to try drug abuse treatment, but have some questions and concerns…
I don’t have a problem. I don’t need the help of drug abuse treatment.
If you’re spending your life savings on drugs, if your spouse is threatening to leave you or you’ve gotten arrested or put yourself in risky situations, it’s probably time to seek help. Therapy can offer you the support you need to solve these problems and more
No one understands me. You can’t understand me.
Believe it or not, your situation is not unique. Countless people suffer from addiction, and many of them have been able to recover through the help of drug abuse treatment. With support, the right approach and a willingness to make positive changes in your life, you can recover, too.
I’m afraid someone will find out about my addiction if I go to drug abuse treatment.
I work within a strict confidentiality policy. Unless you are threatening to harm yourself or others or if a subpoena involved, nothing you share with me will ever leave my office. Sessions with me are private. No one needs to know.
Illicit Drugs Don’t Have to Continue Ruling Your World
Please call me at (914) 434-9945. I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation and would be happy to answer any questions you have about drug abuse treatment and my practice.