Coming to terms with the idea that maybe you drink too much or too often, or the drug use which started out as recreational, has become something more complicated – that is a difficult realization, and perhaps one you are still questioning.
People often wonder how psychotherapy can help clients with substance abuse problems. Addiction is more than a physical dependence on drugs. Even after detox, when physical dependence has been resolved, people tend to fall off the wagon again. If you suffer from addiction, it is imperative that you get to the root of the problem so that your sobriety can be long lasting. People often drink or use drugs to numb themselves, to try to avoid feeling difficult or painful emotions. Getting sober but not having that thing to numb yourself with often leads to relapse.
In therapy, you can learn how to replace alcohol or other drugs with tools and skills and learn how to solve problems in a much more permanent way than alcohol or drugs could ever do. In order to stay sober, it is important to know your triggers, such as how stress, your environment, and your social network, all impact your sobriety.
Therapy is crucial in pinpointing maladaptive thought-patterns that may have exacerbated your addictive behaviors and can further have caused you to become depressed or anxious. In therapy, we will also help you repair dysfunctional relationships and identify possible trauma or difficult past events. Most importantly, we will help you rediscover and rebuild your self-worth and self-esteem, and teach you how to like who you are and where you are.