Find Freedom With Addiction Counseling San Antonio

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Addiction Treatment and Counseling in
San Antonio

Are you struggling with an addiction that’s taking control over you? Addiction can lead to a host of issues, like relationship problems, financial worries, and damage to your physical health.

Maybe you’ve tried to stop or cut back, but you haven’t seen much progress. Addiction often has a genetic component, but it’s often a symptom of deeper issues, such as unaddressed trauma, depression, or anxiety. Left unexplored, these issues can make it even harder for you to overcome your battle with addiction.

As a therapist, I specialize in trauma that results in addiction. I have experience helping people recover from addictions by identifying triggers and developing skills to cope with addictive behaviors in healthy ways.

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Recover from Addiction and Establish More Meaningful Connections

Addiction and substance abuse occur when the use of mind-altering substances are chronicaly and compulsively used to change your mood, numb, or take the edge off.

When you struggle with alcoholism or other substances, all areas of your life are affected.  It impacts the connection with your spouse and your entire family system. You learn to cope with life through drugs and alcohol, therefore your ability to communicate and deal with emotions in a healthy way is lost. 

Before stepping into recovery people are often in denial about the severity of their addiction and are unable to see the impact on themselves and the people they love. It is only in moments of desperation, usually following negative consequences, that a person asks themselves “could it be the drugs” or “could it be the alcohol”.  The truth is, addiction is usually about far more than the use of drugs or alcohol. 

As a therapist in San Antonio, I offer addiction counseling to help people recover and re-establish the meaningful connections in their life. Together, we’ll work on identifying past trauma, present day triggers, negative beliefs, and examine the overal lifestyle that underlies your addiction and could lead to relapse.

The goal is to help heal from the past, grow in your ability to effectively manage triggers in the present, and increase the ability to connect with yourself and others. 

What are the Signs of Addiction and Substance Abuse?

Physical warning signs: Tremors, lack of sleep, decreased appetite, disheveled appeareance, and bloodshot eyes are all physical signs of addiction. Cravings are also a physiological symptom caused by addiction and can be noticed as withdrawal symptoms when a person tries to stop using. This can be a sign of the bodies developed physical dependence. Addiction counseling can help guide you on the best course or action toward your recovery.

Neglecting responsibilities: Being disinterested in completing important tasks, poor performance and overall difficulties at school, work, or parenting is often reported by people suffering with addiction. Fulfilling commitments become hard to manage and keep up with. It’s  hard to maintain responsibilities when using or drinking is always on your mind and impacts your effectiveness.  Addiction counseling in San Antonio can help you to start the process of taking back control. 

Increased tolerance: Do you need more drinks or more drugs to get the desired effect you once did? Tolerance leads to increased intake and increases the likeliness that dependence will occur. Dependence differs from tolerance. When a person becomes dependent they now need the drugs or alcohol in order to function through the day and feel normal. At this point it is hard to not use without withdrawl symptoms and can be dangerous and life threatening if attempted to stop all on your own without medical supervision. 

Strained relationships: When addiction is present, dishonesty, defensiveness, conflict, and manipulaption are common situations that become patterns. Addiction takes over, overshadows important relationships, and results in broken promises and feelings of betrayal. Obsessing over drugs and alcohol give the impression that the addicted person is willingly choosing the drug over relationships. You need a healthy relationship with yourself to have a strong relationship with other people. Unfortunately, shame and guilt take over and impact the way you view and connect with yourself. 

Therapy for Addiction

Addiction distorts reality and makes it hard for the person to see the disaster and destruction in their life. Denial is common and until a person hits their bottom, they are unwilling to stop using and instead believe the lie that they are in control.

When unaddressed, addiction is a progressive and fatal disease. This disease is chronic and will always get worse if left untreated. Part of recovery is understanding how addiction has been used in your life as the solution to other problems.

It is a symptom. A symptom of trying to manage, manipulate, or control the way you feel. Depression, anxiety, and trauma are all problems that contribute to the development of addiction. 

Proper treatment of addiction involves subtraction and addition. Subtracting drugs or alcohol from your life is necessary for sobriety but is not a sustainable solution for relapse prevention. To increase the chances of long term recovery, adding hobbies, people, and healthy ways of coping is crucial. Sobriety is an event but recovery is an ongoing process. It is about adopting a way of living that promotes peace, serenity and creates a rich, full, meaningful life. A life you want to stay sober for. 

As a counselor in San Antonio, I specialize in working with people who suffer from addiction and substance abuse. Through addiction counseling, we will develop a vision for your life that involves engaging in full recovery and wholeness, not just abstinence and sobriety. 

Why Try Overcoming Addiction?

Find the motivation for recovery: Motivation and support are necessary to beat an addiction for good. You can better understand the impact addiction has on your life and find a deeper motivation for recovery.

Improve coping skills: Coping strategies and tools are necessary for recovering from an addiction. Triggers and cravings can lead to relapse, but we can help you interrupt these urges and stay on the road to recovery.

Heal your mind: Addiction is often the result of anxiety or depression caused by trauma or mental illness. Counseling gives you a supportive environment to address the underlying issues that cause addiction, helping you enjoy greater peace of mind while reducing cravings.

Improve relationships: Addiction hurts everyone. By working with a licensed therapist, you can do the inner work required to build trust and repair relationships with your spouse, children, friends, and family.

Live a better life: Reclaim control over your life. By addressing the root cause of addiction, you can finally create a path to recovery that sticks, giving you a stronger sense of purpose and sense of well-being.

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Types of Counseling and Treatment for Addiction

Your story is unique, and that’s why I create a personalized plan for all of my clients. Depending on your needs, I will use different modes of treatment for individual counseling to address the root causes of trauma and addiction.

EMDR
I’m certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma therapy.

Trauma covers a vast array of experiences. Trauma can unexpectedly block you in the present and prevent you from living your best life.  This isn’t just for veterans or for people who survived horrific accidents — but trauma EMDR treatment addresses trauma in all its forms.

Combined with other modalities of healing, EMDR can help you process the complex memories and feelings behind PTSD, depression, anxiety, and panic disorders. EMDR therapy is designed to process traumatic memories in the brain, so the person is informed by these memories, but not controlled by them.

During an EMDR session, I help you access memories of a traumatic event in a safe, supportive environment. Part of EMDR includes alternating eye movement, sounds, or taps. The process combines eye movement and careful instructions, which helps you reprocess traumatic events to heal both your body and your mind.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a type of psychotherapy that can help you become more mentally resilient. It’s been shown to help with a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. This is based on the idea that you can learn to accept difficult thoughts and emotions to increase flexibility in your action.

With ACT, we use strategies like values clarification, mindfulness, and acceptance to help you overcome negative thought patterns, emotions, and behaviors. By focusing on your values first, you can become more mentally resilient and lead a more fulfilling life.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of therapy that identifies and changes negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to mental health issues. Through CBT, you’ll learn how to challenge and reframe negative thoughts. I’ll also help you find coping strategies to deal with difficult emotions, as well as practice new behaviors to promote a positive outlook on life.

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a type of therapy that teaches you coping skills for managing difficult emotions. While CBT focuses on redirecting patterns of thought, DBT emphasizes making changes in your behavioral health. DBT incorporates techniques such as mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal communication.

Interpersonal Neurobiology
Interpersonal Neurobiology is an interdisciplinary approach that draws on neuroscience and psychology to study how the brain affects our social relationships. I believe you can tell a lot about a person’s mental state based on their relationships, and this therapeutic approach can help you heal in the context of your closest relationships. Interpersonal Neurobiology emphasizes the importance of healthy relationships for your well-being, and explores how these social connections shape your brain’s function.

Attachment Science
Every human being has an attachment style, which affects how they feel, interact, and behave around the people in their lives. Attachment Science is a therapy approach that explores your early childhood experiences to see how childhood attachments shape the development of your brain. This can help you better understand how to regulate your emotions and relate to the people in your life.

Begin Your Recovery and Change Your Life

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You’re managing trauma or addiction the best you can, but roadblocks can make it difficult to find relief on your own.

Schedule your appointment for trauma therapy in San Antonio and begin your healing journey today.

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