We approach addiction as a biopsychosocial issue and help our clients understand the biological, emotional, and behavioral factors of their drug use as well as the underlying source using evidence-based interventions. We believe it is also important to examine the relationship, or attachment, one has formed with the drugs they use, e.g. what needs are being met by your use? We work from a harm reduction philosophy which allows room for both abstinence and moderation management.
Our therapeutic style is compassionate and non-judgmental but we will also be direct and challenge you to deeply examine your choices. One of our main objectives is creating a safe, confidential environment where you feel comfortable to explore your choices. Collaboration is the best approach to therapy: you are the expert on yourself and we are merely guides to help you unearth your true needs and desires.
Ways We Can Help
- reducing consequences associated with the use of alcohol and drugs
- treating co-occurring disorders such as depression, grief, anxiety, trauma, or personality disorders
- teaching mindfulness skills to slow down and interrupt the desire for immediate gratification
- addressing feelings of shame and guilt about substance use
- establishing practices to cope with difficult emotions such as anger and grief
- developing alternatives to substance use
- improving the quality of your relationships, including the one with yourself
- teaching substance use skills, e.g. responsible drinking
- planning substance use strategies for special events (“I’m going to Burning Man this year and don’t want to overdo it on the drugs.”; “My daughter is getting married and I want to control my drinking at her wedding.”)
- lifestyle planning to ensure all or most of your needs and wants are being met
- working with friends and families of people who use drugs to help them understand addiction and address co-dependency