The Secret to Living Drug Free
Have drugs changed you? Often, you won’t know the answer to that question until some or much harm is done to you, others, your job, spouses, and other relationships. The reason it’s so hard to have an accurate awareness of how certain legal (prescribed) and street (Marijuana, cocaine, crack, meth amphetamine, opioids, etc.) psychoactive drugs may be changing you, your thinking, your behavior and your future, is not obvious. Because you see the world – people, places and things – from the inside out you never actually see yourself – except in a picture, selfie, or mirror. It would be helpful if you had a video screen always visible to you, where you could see in context exactly what you’re doing, how you’re acting, how you are affecting others . . . Even more helpful if you could view the decisions you make before you act on them – so you could clearly imagine the possible consequences. And also for you to be able to rewind the tape and to answer questions like, “What happened last night?”, “What did I say (or do) to make my spouse so angry?”, “How did I end up here?”, or “Why didn’t I complete the work I’d planned to do yesterday – what happened to me?”, “How could I have decided to do that?” . . .
Marijuana, a drug legal now in many states, affects people differently. Some seem to be able to continue their work, education and personal lifestyle in balance, with little to no obvious negative results. For others though, who generally compose approximately 10% – 15% of the population, the results can be insidious and devastating.
For this percentage (10%-15% of the general population) of individuals with legal prescriptions to psychoactive drugs, and street drug users, the downward cycle of changing behaviors, relationships, thinking, perceptions, and sometimes physical appearance can be rapid or slow. These changes are usually first noticed by other people in your primary relationship, by friends, co-workers and bosses.
The secret to living a life without the desire for street drugs and prescribed addictive nature drugs is first to listen when others tell you of the changes they see in you. This requires you to drop your ego, drop your defenses – stop defending your behavior. Then to have the willingness to see exactly where you are. Is there really a problem? Is it really changing you – changing your life?
How do you do that? Call me today for a complete assessment. I have overcome drug and alcohol problems – have been where you may be today. I have successful experience living free of addictive prescription drugs and street drugs, including marijuana, and just about any drug you can name. I am active in recovery programs and have 37 years of complete drug and alcohol sobriety, as well as nearly 37 years tobacco free.
I know what it takes to get free of addiction from the clinical side and from the personal – where the rubber meets the road – side. You will benefit greatly from those two and other things incorporated into my private practice. I’ve served in treatment centers as Clinical Program Director, lead counselor, counselor, intern, process group facilitator, meditation instructor, etc.
In addition to being a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), I also sought, worked for and achieved Certifications in the most important areas needed for you live a great and happy life without needing drugs, alcohol or tobacco. If guided meditations or hypnosis might be helpful for your recovery, I became Certified in hypnosis almost 25 years ago. One of the services I perform for my clients is creating and producing personalized mp3 audio recordings to help them overcome problems with drugs, alcohol, negative thinking, anger, etc. These recordings fall into two categories – one that you can listen to anytime, the other while you are in a quiet place, by yourself – with eyes closed.
Another great reason and advantage of your calling me today is that I teach all my clients to meditate effectively. By ‘effectively’, I mean that you, and others will notice positive changes in you, and there will be physiological changes you can monitor yourself. I have used variations of, and experimentation with this meditation for many years, and am Certified to teach it to you.
If you have problems with stress, I am Certified in Stress Reduction – teaching you techniques that are easy to learn, remember and use for anything from a panic attack to recurring negative thoughts to a job interview.
Is your anger causing problems? Yes, you absolutely can overcome anger – hidden and overt – not just by covering it up, but by processing and healing the root cause. Anger may be likened to a poisonous snake bite. If you simply treat the would, you will likely become very ill, you might even die. But if you seek the right care, receive anti-venom, and follow the physician’s instructions, you will make survive and heal. I can help you do just that, as I am Certified in Anger Counseling.
Do you believe you may have additional problems, such as depression, along with and perhaps a cause of your continued drug use? This is a complex situation, and requires treatment to help in the area of need. I will first assess you, then include in your Treatment Plan, what you need to work this additional area. I am Certified in Co-Occurring Disorders, also known as Dual Diagnosis.
Want to stop smoking? I have worked successfully with smokers for years through hypnosis techniques and sessions. And this past summer I became Certified in Tobacco Cessation Treatment, which taught me a number of things I had not used before in working with people to help them drop their tobacco addiction.
Wonder where or how you fit into your family? I often use things I was taught while completing the one year of required training, instruction and practice in a process most widely known as “Family Constellations”, and also as “Family Dynamics”, “Generational Family DNA”, etc. This process will aid you in finding answers to questions that perhaps you have not even considered as root causes for your disharmony, or as known in 12 Step work as being “restless, irritable and discontent.”
You can call or text me right now at 713-906-2221. If I’m in a session with another client, I won’t answer. In that case please leave a short message and I will call you back as soon as I can – so we can talk about what’s going on with you and how I can help.