Substance Abuse Counseling
Is Your Use, Abuse Or Addiction To Drugs Or Alcohol Causing Problems In Your Life?
Do you feel that your use of alcohol or drugs has gotten out of hand? Have you used alcohol or other drugs to avoid problems in your life or cope with physical or emotional pain? Has substance abuse or addiction resulted in loss of control, impacting your career, reputation or relationships with friends or family? Perhaps you’re spending increasing amounts of time, money and energy on your addiction instead of your personal and professional obligations. Maybe you have grown up in an environment where drinking or substance abuse was a part of the culture and you see your use as part of your value system, identity or as normal behavior; but you now wonder if you are drinking or using too much. Do you wish you could stop or limit your use and regain the trust, relationships and status you lost as a result of substance abuse?
Many Individuals Struggle To Overcome Substance Abuse And Addiction
Substance abuse and addiction are problems that span across age, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender and socioeconomic status. Many begin using alcohol or drugs as recreation or stress relief; if dependency develops, the fun and carefree aspects of substance use can start to come with a price. Some teens and adults begin or continue to use alcohol or drugs as a way to cope with a loss, stress or other personal or professional challenges. Over time, these individuals may become dependent on the substance as a means to manage difficult situations or emotions, often using drugs or alcohol to avoid issues rather than work through them. As a result, users often form an attachment to or relationship with their drug of choice and may become scared or defensive at the suggestion that they need to stop using. The physical and emotional dependence that develops with alcohol and many other substances can make it difficult to start and stay committed to treatment.
But, there is good news, we can help! First, we can help you determine if you have a problem with alcohol or drugs. If a problem does exist, the therapists Chupik Counseling have the resources and training to help you understand why you use, implement a treatment plan, learn healthy coping strategies and build the support system you need to stop abusing drugs or alcohol. The only person who can do the work is you, but we can help guide and assist you along the way!
Substance Abuse Counseling Can Help You Find Lasting Recovery
At Chupik Counseling in Austin, Temple and Killeen, we incorporate your strengths and interests into your treatment, helping you stay committed and accountable throughout the healing process. We offer a safe environment, compassionate counseling and a solution-oriented, collaborative approach to substance abuse treatment. With help, you can gain the information and skills you need to make meaningful and lasting changes in your life.
A good treatment plan is not a one-size-fits-all approach, nor is it just one type of treatment. A multi-layer holistic approach is needed for success. We listen to your needs and goals and then tailor our substance abuse counseling plan to meet them. Our therapists understand that everyone is different; we do our best to give you as many options as possible. The goal of treatment should not just be to stop drinking or using, but also to replace that void left in your life with something just as fulfilling. For some that is spiritual, for others it is cognitive, and for many it is just learning how to live a full and rewarding life without the crutch of a substance.
During our sessions, we use a psychoeducational approach in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In addition to providing you with valuable information about abuse and addiction, we can help you shift out of the negative thinking patterns that may be contributing to your use. Saying that you want to quit is an important first step, and we give you the resources and skills you need to act on that desire. With psychoeducational counseling, you can learn how your lifestyle, social group, career and relationships influence your behavior and how to make effective changes. Once we identify the factors that are contributing to your alcohol or drug abuse, we use CBT to help you gain the skills and confidence you need to make a meaningful and lasting change.
Our therapists also believe strongly in outside resources to aid in substance abuse counseling and treatment. Those resources may be support groups, coordination of care with your physician, healthy activities and hobbies, books and information, and a wide variety of other resources that our therapists can help you discover.
Substance abuse counseling will take time and commitment, and many individuals will relapse while on the road to recovery. There are steps you can take to reduce urges and avoid a relapse, including joining a support group and knowing what locations or settings you should avoid. And, if you do relapse, it is important to remember that it doesn’t mean you are unmotivated or incapable of staying sober. By taking the time to understand why you relapsed, you can turn the experience into a stepping stone on the path to lasting recovery.
The therapists at Chupik Counseling have been helping clients recover from substance abuse and addiction for many years. We have seen that there is normally an underlying issue contributing to substance abuse—low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, trauma or PTSD, etc. Our experienced therapists provide the specific guidance and support you need to address the root of your challenges as well as manage triggers and urges. With the right guidance and support, you can reduce or eliminate unwanted substance abuse and start healing yourself and your relationships.
But you may still have questions or concerns about substance abuse counseling…
What if I don’t really have a problem with alcohol or drugs?
You may not have a problem. However, if you are reading this website, something has brought you here, even if it is just a feeling of uncertainty. You may currently feel pressured to seek substance abuse counseling but struggle to see how it is really a problem in your life. We can help you understand the extent of your use, abuse or addiction by discussing your history of use. If you are unable to avoid using alcohol or drugs when they are accessible, for example, or if it takes more to feel the desired effects, you may benefit from substance abuse counseling. A professional non-biased third party can help you determine if you do have a problem.
What is the difference between “Use”, “Abuse”, and “Addiction”?
It is important to distinguish between USE, ABUSE and ADDICTION. “Use” simply means that you have used a substance; use by itself does not indicate a problem. Just because someone uses a substance does not mean there is a problem to overcome, other factors must be taken into consideration. “Abuse” means that you have used a substance to a point where detrimental consequences have or could have occurred. For example, you became intoxicated and made a bad decision. “Addiction” is when you cannot stop using a substance. It can have both psychological and physiological roots. This is sometimes tricky to detect because it does not mean constant uninterrupted use. Many people who are addicted can stop using a substance but will turn back to abusing it at some point.
I’ve never been arrested for my drinking/drug use, why can’t I manage on my own?
While you may not have been arrested for your behavior yet if you are abusing or addicted to a substance there is still a very real chance that you could be. Many individuals use illegal drugs or drink and drive for months or years without incident, but they are still breaking the law, and impaired judgment can put themselves and others at risk. Additionally, one arrest for a DUI or possession of drugs can have a serious impact on your career, finances and relationships.
I am not sure I even have a problem, what should I do?
You may not know if you have a problem, many people only realize it well into their addiction. There can be so many factors and emotions involved that it is often difficult for someone to tell if they do have a problem. It is possible that you may not be addicted to a substance; but it is prudent to discuss these feelings with a professional, non-biased third party that has your best interest at heart.
Everyone drinks—if I don’t I might lose friends or opportunities.
Many people have this fear. Often they are in social or professional circles in which drinking and drug use are common. This can be a roadblock if you do have a substance abuse problem or addiction. Often, this has much more to do with how we see ourselves than how we are perceived by others. Meeting with a professional therapist can help you navigate this issue.
You Can Take Control Of Your Life
Recovery from alcohol or drug abuse or addiction can be a difficult process, but you have taken a big first step by reviewing treatment options. If you are ready to begin working toward meaningful and lasting recovery, or if you have additional questions or concerns about substance abuse counseling, we encourage you to contact our office.