Although you’re relieved to have made it through detox, without the preoccupation of your addiction, are you experiencing an identity crisis? Has being in recovery for addiction left you overwhelmed, disoriented, or ashamed? Do you long to feel connected to others and that you are loved and accepted for who you are?
Now that you’re newly sober, you may feel at sea. Even though you knew recovery wouldn’t be easy, perhaps you’re fully grasping to what degree your addiction had been covering up distressful feelings that had been numbed for so long. You might be easily irritated, defensive, and experiencing mood swings that make you edgy, affect your focus, and lower your tolerance to stress.
Without your unhealthy coping mechanisms, you may feel bored, lonely, and unsure of how to enjoy life anymore. Rather than enjoying sobriety, you’re steeped in guilt as you reckon with the impact that your addiction has had on your life and the lives of your loved ones.
You can learn to enjoy life again and become the best version of yourself. To schedule a free consultation to learn more about substance abuse counseling, please click here.
Often times, when people try to justify their behaviors or habits and circumvent seeking therapy, those people are often the ones that would benefit most from counseling! Even when you try to justify that your situation “is not that bad/is not that much of an issue”, that may mean you are still experiencing things that are bad or could turn worse if left unaddressed. You can’t spot self-deception in yourself!
During our free screening/intake call (which would take place before you meet with a therapist), we will conduct a brief risk assessment to make sure that our therapists are able to meet your needs. Usually, we do not see clients who are actively using substances to the point of harm to themselves, and in such an instance, we will refer clients to get an assessment from a clinic, other healthcare providers, or specialists who can better meet their needs to help with detox, meds, etc.
While we can’t prescribe medication to manage potential withdrawals or symptoms from substance use, we will refer you to specialized providers/psychiatrists who can do so. If we work together we will continue to coordinate treatment care with any other provider involved in your care so we can set you up for a successful outcome in therapy.