Are you struggling with drugs, alcohol, food, or sex? If so, you may be self-medicating to relieve your psychic pain or to gain control over a chaotic and anxious emotional state. Underneath it all, you are likely feeling shame and anger.
One of the first steps in recovery is to learn about the diagnosis of addiction. In simple terms, it is a multidimensional process or disorder with a biochemical aspect that affects you biologically, psychologically, and socially.
You don’t have to do it alone. When you have decided it is time to overcome the disorder, I will work with you to address all three areas. As your coach, I will guide you and support you and I will hold you accountable.
- Psychological dimension. You will learn ways to resolve the shame and manage the anger. In addition, you will gain a deeper understanding about how and why to let go of resentments, another common emotional trigger. Sometimes addictive behavior is precipitated by emotionally painful events, such as a loss or trauma or a phase-of-life problem such as the mood swings of adolescence or the challenge of retirement. Many people who self-medicate may be suffering from a dual diagnosis, which means there is an underlying mood disorder such as anxiety, depression, or bipolar mood disorder that needs to be treated before a stable recovery can be achieved.
- Biological dimension. Addiction is the neurological response in the brain that can be identified by certain genetic markers. These markers can be inherited or developed by continued substance abuse. Since they are found in all substance abusers, they reinforce the counseling approach based on treating addiction as an illness, a central premise of the twelve-step program. As your coach, I will lead you through this effective and life-changing approach to recovery.
- Social dimension. Would you characterize your family as dysfunctional? Addiction is a classic response to growing up in a dysfunctional family. According to the National Council on Codependency, “Codependency is a learned behavior, expressed by dependencies on people and things outside the self: these dependencies include neglecting and diminishing of one’s own identity. The false self that emerges is often expressed through compulsive habits, addictions and other disorders that further increase alienation from the person’s true identity, fostering a sense of shame.” As your coach, I will help you unravel the social aspect of your addiction, which involves a new pathway within the twelve-step program related to the family and codependency.
Your life has value and meaning, and you can overcome your addiction. You don’t have to do it alone, and you are much more likely to achieve success if you have a coach to guide you, support you, and hold you accountable. When you are ready to take the challenge, do the work, and empower your future, take the first step. Contact me for a consultation and be one step closer to living your best life now.