Substance Abuse

“At the core of every addiction is an emptiness based in abject fear. The addict dreads and abhors the present moment; she bends feverishly only toward the next time, the moment when her brain, infused with her drug of choice, will briefly experience itself as liberated from the burden of the past and the fear of the future—the two elements that make the present intolerable.” – Gabor Maté

The Pain of Addiction
Living with addiction is hell. What starts out as fun and relief—a chemically induced freedom from the difficulties of life—turns into chains of bondage. Those who suffer from addiction know the pain of living this double life. The secrecy and shame, the lies and consequences all compound to create a seemingly inescapable dilemma: we can’t make it through the day or week without our drug of choice, but the continued use only adds to the problems we’re trying to escape. On and on this continues and only when a person is able to get enough support are they able to begin on the road of recovery.

Essentials of Recovery
There are three essentials which make recovery possible. 1) Recognizing there is a problem and that it is incredibly difficult to overcome alone. 2) Getting the necessary support in order to maintain daily recovery. And 3) working through any underlying trauma and/or loss that is fueling the addiction. Without all three of these elements, recovery is fleeting, unstable, or nonexistent.

Our Work Together
I will help you determine if addiction is present. If there is addiction, we then identify what support you may need in order to develop an effective recovery plan. Lastly, our individual therapy sessions will help integrate any psychological issues (trauma and loss) that are driving the addiction and help you implement your recovery plan into your daily life.

6065 E. Brainerd Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
(423) 463-0031

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