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Substance Use, Addiction & Recovery

You’ve tried everything, but you continue to feel worse. You have no idea how to stop drinking and using. Your drinking and substance use have increased in an attempt to just feel anything—ANYTHING—other than how you’re feeling right now. Your relationships are suffering—no one gets it. You've stopped doing the things you enjoyed.

Maybe you're unsure if you have a problem. Maybe you already know you have a problem, but aren't sure where to start. Or maybe you are a loved one of someone struggling with addiction, or has lost someone to addiction, and you need some support yourself.

That's where we come in. Let us help you get your life back.


There is hope for addiction.


We help people find peace and contentment in their lives without the use of alcohol or substances. We have helped families and couples sort through the chaos, gain a better understanding of addiction, and learn how to support their loved one without enabling.


We promise you, with work, it can happen for you, too.



 What are signs of alcohol and drug abuse? 

  • Unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop alcohol or drug use

  • Drinking or using more, or longer, than you plan to

  • Spending more time drinking/using, getting, and recovering from alcohol or drugs

  • Strong urges to drink alcohol or use drugs

  • Problems with work, school or family

  • Continued use despite physical, social, or interpersonal problems

  • Decrease in social life, activities, and hobbies you once enjoyed

  • Increased tolerance to alcohol or drugs

  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, trouble sleeping, racing heart, vomiting, shaking, and sweating


 What is a serving of alcohol? 

  • 12 ounces of beer

  • 5 ounces of wine

  • 1.5 ounces of hard liquor

  • 8-9 ounces of malt liquor


 Types of addiction: 

  • Alcohol

  • Substances (i.e. heroin, opiate painkillers, cocaine, methamphetamines, marijuana, benzodiazepines, inhalants)

  • Sex

  • Food

  • Gambling

  • Internet

  • Video Games

  • Shopping

  • Work (yes, work!)

 What is Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)? 

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is the use of FDA-approved medications in combination with therapy to treat substance use and alcohol use disorders. MAT helps to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, and gives your brain time to heal as you work towards recovery. 

It’s time to change the way we are thinking about addiction and recovery. In fact, we are way overdue. MAT has proven to be extraordinarily effective in conjunction with therapy and a support network, yet continues to be extremely stigmatized, resulting in many people refusing it as an option.

If you are interested, speak with a physician who is trained in MAT. We can help you locate a provider.


 What are MAT options? 

  • Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone)

  • Revia (naltrexone)

  • Vivitrol (naltrexone)--in the form of a monthly injection 

 Grief, Substance Use, and Coping with a Loss: 

Losing someone to the disease of addiction has it's own unique set of difficulties. It's often untimely and unexpected. And for many, the shame and stigma of addiction makes it difficult to reach out to others for support. It can be hard to manage your life's daily tasks when unresolved grief issues are getting in the way.


There's the anger... Why THEM? Why is everyone just moving on with their lives? Why did God do this to ME? Why couldn't they have just gotten it together? How could they just leave me like this? I help so many people, why couldn't they be saved? This is so unfair.

There's the guilt... What else could I have done? Where did I go wrong? Maybe if I hadn't done that, they would still be here. Should I have continued to enable them?

It's common to experience a wide range of emotions. From denial and anger, to sadness and despair. Unresolved grief can make a person more vulnerable to substance abuse themselves in an effort to self-medicate. It can lead to depression, feelings of hopelessness, persistent fatigue, difficulties sleeping, difficulties concentrating, and even suicidal thoughts.

You are not in this alone. It can and will get better. We can help.

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