Online therapy with an independent therapist increases your confidentiality. That way, you protect your reputation and privacy, so you can relax and focus on your sobriety.
You are not alone. You are not weak. You are not strange or worthless. Addiction is not rare or something to be ashamed of. Addiction is a symptom. Your addiction is telling you to get help.
You are worth helping. You deserve support.
Addiction is much more common than most people think. Research shows that 1 in 3 people are addicted to something. That “something” ranges from things like shopping and food to drugs and alcohol. Many people experience a mix of different types of addictions. You do not have to deal with your addiction on your own. You are valuable and you can recover.
Addiction is when “something” has control over you to the point that it interferes with your life in a significant way. It could impact your relationships, your ability to work, concentrate, provide for yourself and your family or keep a daily schedule.
In short, “something” is messing with your life in a way that controls you, disrupts your life, takes your time and causes you harm. Your “something” could be alcohol, drugs, work, nicotine, gambling, food, shopping, gaming, pornography or any number of things. No matter what is disrupting your life, you can get back your control and live life on your terms.
Addiction always has a reason. It doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Addiction often comes with other life issues. Relationship problems, anger, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, grief and loss often accompany addiction. Everyone has their own unique mix of circumstances that got them where they are and everyone has their own ideas of what they want their life to look like without addiction running the show.
A connection exists between addiction and different areas of your life experience. Recovery that takes into account the emotional, physical and social factors that play a role in becoming dependent is more likely to be successful. Emotional experiences are often an underlying cause for substance use and addiction. For instance, undue stress, burnout or trauma are common precursors to addiction. Undiagnosed mental health issues can also lead to substance use.
Consider the physical side of addiction. Many addictions run in families and have a genetic component. Stress also plays a physical role. Addressing cravings and strategies for physical health creates a smoother transition to sobriety. If you have a physical dependency, you may need additional help from a medical professional for detoxification support and to handle withdrawal symptoms.
Take a close look at your social environment. Where you spend your time and who you spend it with has a strong impact on your thoughts and behaviors. Choose a social environment that supports you and your recovery. A positive environment can reduce your stress, increase your confidence and support your sobriety.
Addressing your underlying issues is crucial for your mental health and recovery. Recovery is about every aspect of your life. It is about building a sustainable lifestyle that fits your needs and how you want to live your life.
When most people think about addiction treatment, they think of the 12-step program process. While that works for some, it is not the best fit for everyone. The 12-step program uses principles that don’t fit all circumstances. I use a different approach that is more personalized and discrete.
My approach works well for people who care about their reputation and privacy. My confidential approach can help protect your financial security. If you own your own business or have a high profile in your community, sharing your personal experiences in a group setting could be damaging. When we meet individually online, we reduce the risk that someone in your community will learn about your treatment. Confidentiality and privacy can help shield you from the judgment of others. They will never see you coming or going to a facility. They will not accidentally run into you in a waiting room. In addition, if you don’t live in my community, you will not encounter me anywhere either. You will have no accidental exposure risk at all. Instead, I will interact with you privately. Our therapeutic focus will be on you and you alone.
Personalisation of treatment is key. Recovery is not a one-size-fits-all process. We will not waste time on things that are not relevant to you and what you want.
What your recovery looks like depends on you and your individual needs. Whether you abstain completely from a substance or behavior entirely or embrace moderation, is your choice. I will support you in what is right for you and your unique situation. You are in control of your own well-being.