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Alcohol and Substance Abuse

I can fully appreciate the pain and suffering that can come from substance abuse. In treating substance abuse, I begin with the hypothesis that somehow alcohol or drugs have in some way served as a “corrective” in a person’s life. Perhaps they are suffering now or have suffered in the past and are using alcohol or drugs to soothe their suffering.

The problem is that the suffering can become worse with substance abuse and that there are better ways to alleviate suffering than to take a drink or use a drug. These ways include not only formal treatment programs but also in maintaining a connection with a caring and patient therapist who is willing to engage with the client and hear his or her stories of suffering and unhappiness. Ultimately, it is my aim to help the client set goals for recovery.

It is my belief that deep healing can be a consequence of this kind of engagement.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse