Recovering from addiction is a lifelong process. I have been in the field of addiction and substance abuse since 2007 and have seen the ups and downs of recovery.

There are a few things that I know for certain about recovery:

  1. Recovery is a verb and it requires constant action if you want to nurture it.
  2. Addiction is often the result of unhealthy coping. In early recovery, coping is a main focus of treatment: learning to be okay with discomfort, and understanding that this pain is certain in life and we have to learn to accept it.

Group therapy is typically the most desired form of treatment as the peer influence and support is very powerful in supporting connection.

As people complete their treatment centers/group, they are left on their own to continue their recovery efforts. Much of their recovery is rooted in NA and AA support groups. However, having a therapist to continue supporting them in their new lifestyle can be very helpful, especially when we look at the family system.

Addiction creates a dysfunctional system within family; the system and each person in that system needs nurturing. In therapy, we bring awareness to the systems and roles that have evolved from dysfunction. Once there is awareness, the change process becomes easier. We will take small steps to help set boundaries, develop healthy communication and coping strategies, and build a foundation that helps to support lifelong recovery.

If you are looking for additional support to sustain your recovery, or if you are part of a dysfunctional family system and would like help, call me (360)-818-4573 in Vancouver, WA for a free 15-minute consultation.