Addiction and Recovery



Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (for example, alcohol, opiates, nicotine) or engages in an activity (such as gambling, sex, shopping) that can be pleasurable but the continuation of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary responsibilities and concerns, such as work, relationships, or health.

People who have developed an addiction may not be aware that their behavior is out of control and causing problems for themselves and others.

I am a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. My first job was working with heroin addicts at a Methodone Maintenance Program. I quickly learned how easy it is to get sucked into being manipulated. That lesson has served me well since then.

Setting clear boundaries is so important when in relationship with someone with an addiction.

It's a neccessity if you're the one with the addiction.

Boundaries create discomfort. Recovery means getting more comfortable with discomfort. It means having the patience to cope with your discomfort. 

One step at a time.

Tell the Truth. Honesty is the bedrock of recovery.

Without honesty or self reflection or being willing to change, nothing much is going to be different for you.

Try it. You might like it.




• Stop any denial that you have
• Addiction includes being avoidant
• Recognize you can't dabble in your addiction
•You can't control it, if you are engaging in it
• Be willing to feel your feelings

• No one wants to be addicted
• Escape is only temporary and makes things worse
• I am not helpless
• Family is usually devastated by addiction
• It can destroy your life if you continue to use


There are millions in recovery

The despair of addiction gives you the false impression that there is no hope. There are millions of people in recovery. There is support. You have to be willing to change. Do the hard work. Get more comfortable with your discomfort. Learn coping skills. Get back to your true self. Believe in yourself.



Families are often devastated by a loved one's addiction. There are family dynamics that can enable the patterns that contribute to maintaining addictions. As you learn to change your patterns and interactions with your loved one, you can make a difference in how you cope. You can have peace of mind. Reach out for help even if your loved one doesn't or won't. Recognize your powerlessness over the disease of addiction. Stop trying to control what you can't control. Utilize your power in more effective ways that help. 



A typical session is 60 minutes. Sometimes, an initial evaluation takes a bit longer.



I do require 24 hours notice of cancellation. Psychotherapists in private practice make our living only if you show up for your sessions. We don't have paid vacations, sick time, or medical benefits paid by an organization. So, I greatly appreciate your commitment and understanding.

Please call to cancel, otherwise, I reserve the right to charge you for the session.