What's this recovery stuff about anyway?
"Recovery" is a word that's widely used with many kinds of medical conditions, like cancer treatment, for instance. With addictions to substances, people or activities, the term acknowledges that the process is a journey. Some people say they are "recovered." The rest of us know that recovery is ongoing, and while we are not finished until our last breath, we can continue to improve our behaviors, our habits, our relationships. It's possible to achieve increasing satisfaction throughout our lives — without being dependent on other people, places or things to tell us who we are and how we should behave.
I'm still drinking (using, overeating, gambling, enabling, etc). Can you help me too?
Let's find out. Every person's experience is unique, and if we decide that I'm not the right practitioner for you at this time, I'll do my best to help you find the right service to meet your needs. In the past I worked in alcohol and drug treatment facilities (both medical and social model), in outpatient programs (including DUI groups) and in a psychiatric hospital. I'm aware of conventional treatment programs as well as the growing number of other options, including acupuncture, homeopathy and naturopathic approaches. My services include consultation to help you find your way.
I'm not interested in AA or Al-Anon. Why should I call you?
Perhaps you've chosen a different route to your recovery. There are many paths up the mountain. My interest is in helping you form a future that gives you different results than you've experienced in the past.
While the 12-steps themselves are an elegant process for personal growth, many people find the social environment of "the A's" too confining. Some folks think the 12-step programs have too much "God" in them - others don't think there's enough God in the rooms. I've worked with people who are painfully shy and prefer meeting privately rather than going to the group meetings. Others want to discover their own path instead of following the "rules" they experience in 12-step meetings. Sometimes people just haven't found others they can relate to in "the program."
If whatever you're doing is giving you good results, my approach can help you take it to the next level. If whatever you're doing isn't giving you the results you want, I can help you sort things out and develop your own plan to work for you.
What could happen if I don't get additional support?
It depends. We are each an experiment of one and no single approach works for every person. Many people say that getting sober is the easy part — and for some people it's the only part.
In my experience, the people whose lives are transformed the most have done more than just stop their addictive behavior. Somehow they have stepped back from their old opinions about what works and tried out new approaches. Many people achieve this just through self-help programs. Others participate in treatment programs and find their social connections through aftercare. You could languish without additional support - or you could flourish.
I help grateful 12-steppers build on the foundation they've started in recovery — and it works.
How do I take this new first step?
Just give me a call or send me an email. Let me know the best times and days to contact you, and we'll have a brief conversation by telephone to see if my approach could be a good fit for you.
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