Compassionate
Compassionate
Living with substance use disorders can be stressful.  This is often made more difficult by the stigma surrounding substance use.  Here, you are seen as a whole person—not an addict or an alcoholic. 
Pragmatic 
Pragmatic
My ultimate goal is to support you where you are and assist you to identify ways to minimize harm caused by any continued use.  We will co-develop realistic steps to support your goals.  
Collaborative
Collaborative
This approach is not prescriptive, meaning the course of therapy will always be a collaboration. Continued use is not seen as a failure.  Substance use is complex, thus the path to change is likely to be as well.

"The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it's connection"

 

-Johann Hari

The Approach at Substance Use Therapy in Austin, TX

 

Alcohol and drug use is on a continuum, with abstinence on one end and severe substance abuse, or addiction, on the other.  Historically, approaches to "addiction" treatment have been binary—you either use or you do not. 

 

While this approach is effective for some people, for most it feels restrictive and at times punitive.

I incorporate a strengths-based approach with the principles of harm reduction, designed to meet you where you are.  The goal of therapy is for you to determine—you may want to examine your use, minimize it or work toward ceasing use all together. 

 

Regardless of your goal, we will continually collaborate on ways to minimize any harm caused by continued drug and alcohol use.

Caring about someone struggling with substance use can be overwhelming.  Due to continued stigma surrounding substance abuse and addiction, it can also feel isolating.

 

Knowing how to help, while still feeling supported and honoring your own boundaries can be difficult to manage.  I have experience in helping loved ones—family members, partners and friends navigate this process.

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