Are you looking for help with substance abuse in San Jose?
Is it getting harder to hold it together?
Looking for help is the first step. It's scary to admit what's happening and maybe you'd rather just ignore it. But if things are getting worse, you may be struggling to hold it together.
You may feel embarrassed to talk with family or friends about it. They just don't understand how lonely life gets when you are struggling with substances. Trying to control it makes you feel crazy and promising that you'll stop again and again only fuels more shame.
Do you have a problem?
The CAGE assessment, developed by Dr. John Ewing, is a quick tool to see if alcohol and drugs are a problem.
- Have you ever felt you needed to cut down on your drinking?
- Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?
- Have you ever felt guilty about your drinking?
- Have you ever felt that you needed a drink first thing in the morning?
If you have answered yes to any one of these questions, you may be at risk for substance abuse. This can be incredibly difficult to admit, even to yourself. Of maybe you don't think you have a problem but your family does.
Individual counseling is a safe, nonjudgemental place to figure out whether or not you have a problem.
You might think everything is fine because you still have a good job and your family. The reality is that most people with drinking problems are fully functional. It's not that you can't cope, it's that how you cope that is creating more problems than you can manage right now.
Is using beginning to cause more problems than you can manage? If so, you're not alone. And you're not a bad person. Substance abuse is not a moral issue. There are reasons when people seek out substances. At first it works. It's even fun. But after awhile, it stops being fun.
In counseling, you'll learn to find solutions so that you can start to heal. The pain of addiction can be isolating and feel out of control. Getting help gives you a safe, nonjudgemental place to go for support. It's time to figure things out.
How I can help:
- Learn about the disease of addiction.
- Help setting up or reinforcing your recovery program.
- Feel supported and learn tools to cope better.
- Reduce the impact of drinking while not yet sober.
- Learn coping skills for living in sobriety or decreased use.
- Evaluate lifestyle to minimize relapse.
- Substance abuse assessments are available.