"Most of life is showing up. you do the best you can, which varies day by day." - regina brett
I want you to know they are not alone. I am here to connect: to hear your story and to help support you through the highs and lows of life.
As a counselor, I have the honor of being present with the hesitations, the fear, the need for answers and guidance in your first session. I also see the bravery, courage and self-belief gained through being vulnerable and sharing your story. I’m full of gratitude each time someone shows up because it means an opportunity to connect and see the world through a new set of eyes. It shows me that my clients believe in themselves, or they wouldn't be brave enough to show up in the first place.
A note to my future client...
Thank you for showing up.
I feel your exhaustion.
Take a breath...in...out. You are not alone. Your courage does not go unnoticed.
I look forward to working together,
Counseling Intern, Level 2
1. Your health will improve and you will feel better: Alcohol and most other drugs are perceived as toxic to the body. When you have a drink, your body tries to eliminate it immediately but typically a single drink takes an hour to be processed in the liver. Alcohol effects every system in your body: dilating blood vessels, changing heart rhythms and causing your blood sugar to drop. Getting sober will immediately improve your health and give you added years to spend with the ones you love.
2. You will save money: Using and maintaining an addiction is expensive. The average American spends 1% of their annual income on alcohol.... the average alcoholic spends far more. Toss the booze and save the cash in 2017.
3. You will have more time on your hands to do the things you love: Now that you don't have to spend time finding your next fix or waste time hungover on a saturday, you can begin pursuing the passions that you have let go by the wayside. Head back to the gym or plan a daytime outing with your family, or maybe just treat yourself to some much needed self-care.
4. Your perspective on life will improve: Without the guilt and shame of addiction hanging over your head, you will have the opportunity to gain clarity about the life you want to create. An improvement in life perspective will help you achieve everything you had hoped for in 2017.
If you are interested in getting sober this year, but just don't know where to start- reach out to Resolve at 913-735-0577, schedule an appointment online at www.kcresolve.com or e mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The road to recovery is difficult, don't go it alone.
Amber Reed, LSCSW
As an addiction therapist, this question has been posed to me in a thousand different ways. Most often by people who have been struggling for a while with a certain substance and are finding their lives becoming far more impacted than they would prefer.
Typically when asked this question, I walk with people through their history of use and have them describe to me where their journey has taken them. Oftentimes, addiction started with recreational use or use in order to get back to a baseline- think taking pain pills after a car accident or drinking a glass of wine to be able to sleep. Many of the addicts and alcoholics I work with also have a family history of addiction and are able to point out 2 or 3 extended family members who are currently in the throws of addiction. Answering specific questions in regards to substance use allows one to determine whether the use is simply for fun or moving onto the spectrum of addiction.
The DSM 5, a manual used by professionals to identify specific criteria for each diagnosis, breaks down addiction into 3 separate categories: mild, moderate and severe. Ask yourself the questions below to determine if you may be caught in the cycle of addiction.
For every answer of "yes" give yourself 1 point. If you answer yes to more than one of the items above, you qualify as having a substance abuse disorder.
2-3 points: Mild Substance Abuse Disorder
4-5 points: Moderate Substance Abuse Disorder
6 or more points: Severe Substance Abuse Disorder
Why can't I just stop using?
Addiction has long been thought socially as a moral failing, for those people who simply aren't "strong enough" to quit. Recent studies paint a different picture, clearly showing that addiction is both a mix of genetic predisposition and a disease of the brain. Long term addicts actually change the neural pathways in the brain causing a significant change in the amount a dopamine, GABA and serotonin the body produces, causing one to feel sad, lethargic or jittery when they aren't using. With the change in the chemical make up of the brain, substance users are often forced to continue their substance of choice just to feel "normal". Habit, socialization and feeling better are all reasons that stop people from quitting their substance long after it has taken over their life. Though the journey to sobriety can be a long one, with the right tools addiction can be conquered.
How do I quit?
Stopping your drug of choice is never easy, but it can be done successfully with the support of professionals, knowledge about addiction and a desire to end the exhausting cycle. If you or someone you love is currently using substances and wants to quit, reach out to a professional, be honest about your use, and take the first step on the journey to a better life.
Amber Reed, LSCSW
Resolve - Counseling and Wellness Center
8340 Mission Rd. #230
Prairie Village, KS 66206