Sometimes we find ourselves using alcohol or other substances to cope. Although we want to stop, we can start to feel like we have no control over our ability to make the change. Substance abuse counseling can help us sort through the parts of our lives that led us to this moment – the moment when the pain of staying the same became greater than the pain of changing, as we take the steps necessary to claim our lives as our own, once and for all.
Dealing with substance abuse can be heartbreaking for both us and for those who care about us. Children can become confused and spouses/partners unsure of how to handle the situation without making it worse. People in this difficult situation can benefit from learning how to separate thinking from feelings as they start to take steps towards their own self-care. Partnering with a substance abuse counselor at New Legends can help with maneuvering this difficult journey.
Robin Shultz is a certified addictions counselor (CADC). Robin has worked with adolescents and adults in residential substance abuse treatment, clinical settings, and public schools.