The crucial first step towards recovery is the initial phone call to
my office. I appreciate your acknowledgment that you need help and are
reaching out to say, "I'm in trouble."
I have developed expertise in helping individuals with drug and alcohol
problems for the last twenty years. My belief and experience is that recovery
is both an event (not taking a first drink) and a process
(letting this new way of living evolve one day at a time). I would characterize
my approach as non-traditional in that it differs from widely endorsed
12-step models. I respect the tremendous help that these programs offer
its members, yet I meet large numbers of people for whom the 12-step program
is not a good fit.
My approach, which I call Talking Back to Addiction, makes no
assumptions about a belief in God or any spiritual orientation. It does
make reference to living life on life's terms, finding hope and meaning
in the daily journey of life and taking responsibility for all actions.
I want to help you develop your own personal program of recovery.
This entails helping you to discover how alcohol or other drugs impact
your life and what it will mean to make changes. For each person this
will be different.
If you are a family member of someone who is in trouble with substance
abuse, we may work together to determine what the best course of action
might be on behalf of that individual. I have expertise in facilitating
a safe, non-judgmental conversation between the family and the person
of concern, in order to assess how this family member might be helped.
If you are considering my services for an intervention, please call me
so we may further discuss my approach.
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