Learn how to maintain a life free of addictive behavior.
ADDICTIONS & RECOVERY
Stop feeling plagued by your past.
You are more than your addiction.
Are you recently sober and struggling with what to do next? Do you find it difficult to keep your mind off of drinking, shopping, exercising, or any other addictive behavior you previously used to cope with life? Are you wanting to improve relationships that are strained from before you went into recovery?
Maybe you’re trying to reconnect with your favorite hobbies that were lost in your addiction, either due to having trouble focusing on them or just not feeling interested in them anymore. You are trying to reconnect to yourself and the world around you. Maybe you used to isolate yourself from your friends and family because you felt ashamed of your psychological dependence on your addiction. Your addiction caused you to struggle to make time and have energy to do what you really wanted to.
You’ve probably felt exhausted and overwhelmed from trying to maintain recovery alone. You feel agitated and anxious regularly. You fear what will happen if you let go of your addiction forever, and at the same time want to maintain what you’ve gained in your sobriety.
You may have missed work or feel less productive than you were in the past. Your family, friends, and colleagues seem to sense that you’re better than when you were using but that you still struggle. Maybe a loved one has argued with you over your addiction or begged you to seek help for the emotions that now seem overwhelming in recovery.
You want to maintain a program of recovery but don’t know how to do it alone. You know you used to use your addiction to numb your feelings, to escape, and although part of you wants to be able to feel again, part of you is afraid to allow painful emotions to return.
You know that who you are in your addiction isn’t your true self, and at this point you’re not sure who you are or what you truly like anymore. You just want to connect with who you are without your addiction and feel more present in your life and your relationships.
Recovery from addiction requires changing everything. While this may seem overwhelming and frightening, it is possible. By taking a holistic, person-centered approach, our counselors can help you to learn to live a life free of addiction, one small change at a time.
Most People Just Want to Numb the Pain
Millions of people in the U.S. alone have struggled with some sort of addiction, whether it is to drugs and alcohol, work, shopping, exercise, or a codependent relationship. Most people in recovery from addiction feel alone because of the guilt and shame that they experience as a result of their addiction.
Many people struggling with substance use or other addictive behavior are trying to escape from challenges they face in life or numb emotional pain. In a world where pain is considered undesirable, something to run from, it makes sense that many people turn to unhealthy coping behaviors to try to escape.
If you’re in recovery from addiction and want to learn how to navigate life without your past addictions dragging you down, know that you are not alone and that healing is possible. At Be Your Best Self + Thrive Counseling, you can work with a caring addiction-focused therapist to help guide you on your journey to a life of recovery. Your therapist will help you to see how addiction has impacted your body, mind, and spirit and will work with you to identify an individualized path that allows you to restore yourself in all areas of your life.
Holistic Counseling Teaches You the Skills You Need in Recovery!
The major life changes in recovery have probably left you wondering where to start. The holistic therapy approach at Be Your Best Self + Thrive Counseling will help you look at all aspects of your addictive behavior and work on make long-term, sustainable changes at your own pace. Your therapist will empower you to set small, achievable goals that help you work through potential challenges in your recovery and learn to balance self care, relationships, work, and your treatment.
We use a supportive, empathic approach to helping you maintain a program of recovery and will collaborate with you to form a specific approach to healing that best meets your needs. Maybe you need to learn mindfulness techniques to help you stay in the present, or maybe you need to learn how to change critical thoughts that you have about yourself.
Your therapist will be authentic and won’t lie to you in order to help you gain awareness as to how your addiction has impacted you and others in your life and instead will hold you accountable to meeting your goals and utilize a nonjudgmental approach to working through any setbacks.
You deserve a holistic treatment method that helps you overcome the anxiety, guilt, and shame you may be experiencing as a result of addiction and will help empower you to make the changes in your life that you desire. Letting go of the emotions, thoughts, and behaviors that may take you back to your addiction will give you the space to grow and change into someone that feels truly free of the chains of addiction.
As person-centered and humanistic clinicians, we are primarily interested in improving the relationship between your mind and body. Though we’re all extensively trained and certified in various therapeutic modalities, we believe in the power of holistic methods for creating internal serenity and influencing positive change.
Our approach, while holistic, nevertheless draws from components of neurobiology to help you understand what is actually happening inside of your body during moments of distress. We find that once you’re informed about what is happening at a biological level, your mind and body can make meaningful strides. As you’re more and more aware of what is happening on a physical level, you will gain emotional clarity as well. Armed with this information, you’ll be empowered to cultivate helpful techniques and behaviors that can reduce damaging cycles of addicitve behavior.
Throughout therapy, we draw from Eastern medicine approaches to teach you a variety of simple, easy techniques such as mindfulness, yoga, and meditation. These are meant to focus on your breathing and calming the nervous system so that you’re equipped with a lifelong toolbox for stress management and emotional regulation.
In addition, treatment methods may incorporate elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help you recognize the connection between your addiction and the thoughts, feelings, and actions associated with it. Our eclectic approach to therapy aims to provide you with answers on how to successful release negative behavior patterns and have a positive recovery process.
There is always hope for change, no matter how dire and disruptive your anxiety may feel right now. We believe you already possess the strength and ability to stay in recovery; we are simply here to help you tap into those strengths, release unhealthy coping patterns, and cultivate the life you deserve.
The life you want is yours to create. Let the team at Be Your Best Self + Thrive Counseling empower you to take that next step towards possibility and change.
Perhaps you're considering addiction counseling, but you have some concerns...
I don’t think I can feel genuinely happy in recovery.
Life without addiction is possible. Recovery is often difficult and can be a lengthy process. Painful emotions that you were numbing with your addiction are likely resurfacing now that you’re sober. Now that you’ve stopped using addictive behavior, you no longer experience the “high” you felt while using. In the long term, recovery from addiction provides the stability, peace, improved physical health, and improved relationships with your loved ones that you’ve been longing for. These are the things that will provide sustained happiness rather than the instant gratification addiction provided you. Though it may be difficult to imagine working through the painful emotions your addiction has left behind, you can do so without going back to your addiction.
So many people relapse. How will therapy keep me sober?
Relapse rates for addiction are high but this does not mean that attempting addiction therapy is not worthwhile. In fact, having a skilled therapist to guide you through the recovery process will decrease the likelihood of relapse. If you do relapse, your therapist can help you to determine the best steps for you to take to get back on track and return to your journey towards well-being.
I don’t need therapy. I just have to use my willpower to get over it.
Willpower alone will not keep you in recovery by itself. You do have to have a desire to end your addiction in order to stay in recovery, but there is so much more to recovery than just that. Trying to recover by yourself is extremely challenging. You’ll need a solid support system, which includes a therapist to help you explore the impacts of addiction from a mind-body-spirit perspective and help find the best strategies for you to use to find joy in your life again. Your therapist will support and motivate you during times when willpower alone is not enough, and will give you the tools you need to continue to motivate yourself and receive support from others in your life
Change Your Addictive Behavior and Regain Your Wellbeing
If addictive behavior has left you feeling hopeless, defeated, and alone, holistic treatment at Be Your Best Self + Thrive Counseling can reharmonize your mind, body, and spirit. To find out more about how we can help, contact our team today. Our Client Care Coordinator will reach out to schedule a free, 15-minute consultation to learn more about you and your needs.
**Please note that during COVID-19, we are offering both in-person and online therapy sessions.