Seeking help for problems with drugs and alcohol is difficult for most people. Feeling like you have “lost control” of your substance use is typically accompanied by a sense of shame and low self-esteem. These painful feelings often lead people to deny, minimize, and avoid their substance use and abuse difficulties. The origins of substance abuse are connected to a person’s struggles to manage their feelings, sense of self, self-care and relationships. At Lakeview Center, we help you to manage your cravings for substances as well as to address the underlying problems that lead to them. Read more on the dynamics of substance abuse here.
At Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy, we take an empathic, caring, and flexible approach to problems with drugs and alcohol. We recognize that each individual is unique and there is not one solution to these problems. For many people who are not dependent on alcohol and drugs or who use them to manage their emotional states, moderation rather than abstinence may be an option.
For others, abstinence may be necessary to break out of drug dependence. We will work with you to help you understand the reasons you are using and to find more effective ways to manage life’s stressors.
When you have stopped using drugs or has gotten your use under control, our therapists will then focus on helping you to improve relationships, self-esteem, and coping skills in order to prevent relapse and to help you find more satisfaction in life.
To make an appointment for substance abuse therapy, feel free to contact us.