Substance Use Problems and Recovery

Recovery from substance use problems (mild, moderate or severe) is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. Stigmatizing myths influenced by ascribing blame are not helpful and can shut down communication about the problem, interpersonal relationships and mental health. Myths like seeing people with problems as weak or dangerous can lead to selfstigmatizing and the “why try effect.” My work focusses on dispelling myths and on education to increase treatment engagement. Together we can improve self-esteem, self-reliance and empowerment in the context of having coping skills to deal with strong emotions and past trauma. Often problems do come in single file order we can work with substance use problems, mental health problems and resentment in relationships in session. You can get into a new flow and to keep moving on with your life smoothly.

addiction The belief that recovery is real provides the essential and motivating message of a better future—that people can and do overcome the internal and external challenges, barriers, and obstacles that confront them. Hope is internalized and can be fostered by peers, families, providers, allies, and others. Hope is the catalyst of the recovery process.

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