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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.

I ask and encourage all parents and concerned members of the community to fully understand that providing their loved ones with alcohol or drugs of any sort in the hopes that they will avoid the dangers of more harmful drugs such as fentanyl does not constitute harm reduction. Not only is it illegal; it is the very definition of “enabling behavior”.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse