Addiction Counseling

 

Are You Or Someone You Know Struggling To Adapt To Sobriety?
 

  • Are you or someone you know trying to cope with addiction or alcoholism?           
  • You may be wondering how to support someone who is newly clean or sober while taking care of your own needs.
  • Perhaps you or someone you know is working a Twelve Step program, and you feel that more support is needed.
  • It may be the case that you or someone you know is overcome by the desire to use, and it’s time to acquire effective coping strategies of your own.
  • Have your relationships suffered as a result of addiction?
  • Do you wish you could understand why you feel so overwhelmed and become better equipped to cope with these problems?

Struggling to maintain sobriety can be an isolating, confusing and even frightening experience for everyone involved. Getting clean is half the battle. Staying clean and sober takes on-going work, self-reflection and a whole new way of living. Addiction recovery can also be hard on your loved ones, who often feel emotionally wounded by the years of erratic and harmful behaviors. You may be wondering how to take care of yourself and cope with old resentments, hurts and distrust while living by an entirely new set of rules.

Intense Emotions And Relationship Confusion Are Common During Early Sobriety


If you are struggling with addiction and/or sobriety, you are not alone. Relapse is common. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable. Early sobriety can be a very trying time, and it’s common to experience an onslaught of feelings and grief after years of drug or alcohol use. Using drugs and/or alcohol is often a coping strategy to numb distress. That distress could include the after-effects trauma or coping with generalized anxiety and depression.

Early sobriety comes with the challenge to replace old, unhealthy coping strategies with new, healthier options. It means you have to discover completely new ways of relating to friends and family. You may also have to learn new behaviors, cope with old resentments, and repair damaged relationships, while being accountable for your history and what’s best for you.

The emotional impact of newfound sobriety can be a lot to handle on your own. Seeking the guidance of a qualified addiction therapist can help you understand the nature of your, or your loved one’s, addiction and develop the tools you need to maintain balance.

Substance Abuse Counseling Can Help You Move Forward


Addiction counseling can be very effective in addressing underlying mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, family issues or past traumas that often drive a substance abuse problem. I offer a safe, non-judgmental environment, where you can openly express your needs and desires and receive careful, compassionate and objective feedback from a professional who understands what you’re going through. I’m a big supporter of Twelve Step programs. I’ve been clean and sober working a Program for many years. For many, they are essential to on-going addiction recovery and relief from alcoholism. But, you may need more support than the Program can offer, which is why drug and alcohol counseling can be a vital step forward on your journey to long-term recovery.

In a safe, compassionate and occasionally humorous environment, together, we can work to uncover the root causes of your distress. Perhaps you’re already aware of some deep-seated issues, such as a family history of alcoholism or drug abuse, or your own experiences of anxiety, depression or trauma. As we discover the elements that have caused and sustained your addiction, I will provide you with new, healthy coping strategies. I use mainstream addiction recovery techniques, mindfulness practices and straight-forward approaches to help you develop and enhance the tools you need for long-term sobriety.

I also provide support to loved ones of alcoholics and addicts. Together, we can practice self-care and coping strategies to help you to regain your footing. In a safe space, you can learn to set reasonable boundaries and expectations and detach your sense of well-being from someone else’s sobriety. With guidance and support, you can be liberated from the need to “fix” an alcoholic’s or addict’s behavior.

I’ve been working with addicts and the loved ones of addicts for more than 20 years. I am familiar, both professionally and personally, with the chaos and grief that goes with addiction. I’ve seen people hit bottom and then find the strength they need to heal. I believe we all have the capacity for healing and wholeness. I believe every addict or alcoholic has the capacity to get and stay sober and have a good life with loving relationships. I believe everyone who has lived with an addict or alcoholic can learn to take care of themselves and find a way to a balanced, centered life. With my guidance and support, healing is possible.

You may still have questions about substance abuse counseling…


I’m afraid that I’ll relapse.

It’s very common to have fears about failure. A healthy fear of relapse is a good thing. It helps us keep our eye on the ball. Relapse is always possible. But it doesn’t have to happen to you. You may have a lot riding on your ability to effectively overcome substance abuse, such as getting off probation, regaining your driver’s license, threats of termination from your job or separation from your partner.

The good news is that you don’t have to go through any of this alone. Together, we will work toward getting to the root of your fear while developing strategies to manage it. We will develop strategies to help you manage your urges and stay clean and sober, while we explore and heal the issues that both cause and sustain your substance abuse.

I’ve finished rehab and I’m going to meetings; why do I need to do more?

First, congratulations on finishing rehab and getting sober. Good for you for attending meetings. These are important steps that shouldn’t be minimized. But you may still need support. The unexpected emotional twists, turns and relationship issues that can accompany sobriety could threaten your long-term recovery. Past trauma, anxiety, depression, among other emotional issues, may not be adequately addressed in a Twelve Step Program. Drug and alcohol counseling can provide you with the tools you need to heal underlying issues that often drive addictive behaviors. 

I’m not the addict or alcoholic. Why do I need help?

Living with an addict or alcoholic can be painful and confusing. It’s hard to know where the boundaries are or how to take care of yourself. You may have been caught in the cycle of making excuses or protecting your loved one from harsh consequences. Or, you may be exhausted by the chaos and isolation that can come with loving an addict.

If your loved one gets clean or sober, you may still feel angry and resentful. You may feel confused about how to offer support without “fixing” their life or getting over-involved and controlling. It’s a confusing time, and you may need the guidance from a professional counselor. I’m here to help you navigate these new and unfamiliar waters.

Long Term Recovery Is Possible


If you or someone you know is newly sober and you would like to learn more about alcohol and drug counseling, I’m located in Jeffersonville, near New Albany, Clarksville, Floyds Knobs and Sellersburg, Indiana, and Louisville, Kentucky. Please call (812) 371-6330 or email ken@insight-counseling.org for a free 15-minute consultation. Addiction help is available.