Substance Abuse/Addiction

Are you being effected by substance abuse or someone else’s addicted behavior? Are you seeking better coping skills to discontinue the cycle of addiction? Are you stuck thinking you are helping the addicted person when indeed you are enabling them to continue their destructive behaviors?

People experiment with drugs and alcohol for many different reasons. Many first try drugs and alcohol out of curiosity, to have a good time, because friends are doing it, or in an effort to improve athletic performance or ease another problem, such as stress, anxiety, or depression. Use doesn’t automatically lead to abuse, and there is no specific level at which one’s use moves from casual to problematic. It varies by individual. Abuse and addiction is less about the amount of substance consumed or the frequency, and more to do with the consequences of use. No matter how often or how little you’re consuming, if your drug use is causing problems in your life—at work, school, home, or in your relationships—you likely have a drug abuse or addiction problem.

The use and abuse of alcohol and drugs are serious issues that should not be ignored or minimized. If left untreated, use and abuse can develop into drug dependence or alcoholism. As a result, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of alcohol and drug abuse early. If you’re worried about your own drug or alcohol use, or that of a friend or family member, here are some of the warning signs to look for:

Decreased involvement in extracurricular activities


Lack of interest in family and friends

Preoccupation with drinking and using drugs

Restlessness/Abnormal Hyperactivity

Inability to control use of alcohol or drugs

Eratic Behavior

I specialize in treating adults and teens who are struggling with addiction. My therapeutic approach is rooted in respect for the individuality of each client and a true sense of empathy for the emotional pain that often underlies substance abuse. While fostering an atmosphere of acceptance, free of moral judgment, I attempt to meet my clients “where they’re at” in terms of their degree of motivation for change. Despite the emotional and social chaos that often inhabits my clients’ lives, I believe strongly in each individual’s capacity for regaining stability and finding meaning.

Book Recommendations

Eating Disorders:
When Food is Love—–Geneen Roth
Fat is a Family Affiar—–Judi Hollis
Food for Love—– Janet Greesen
Binge No More—–Joyce Nash
Love to Eat- Hate to Eat—–Elyse Fitzpatrick

Codependent No More—–Melody Beattie
Beyond Codependency—–Melody Beattie
Facing Codependency—- Pia Mellody

The 5 Love Languages—– Gary Chapman
The Seven Principles for Making a Marriage Work—-John Gottman
Surviving Infidelity—–R. Subotnik and G. Harris
His Needs, Her Needs: Building an Affair-Proof Marriage—–Willard F. Jr. Harley
Boundaries in Marriage—–Henry Cloud John Townsend

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