Co-Occurring Disorders

Are your emotions and addictions controlling your life?

Are you ready to overcome your emotional distress and addictions and get your life back on track?

Your emotions and addictions don’t deserve the power that they have over you!

Most people use addictions to escape from their life problems. But if you are struggling with an addiction, the very issues that you are running from will only become worse over time.

Does any of this sound familiar?

You may be struggling with:

  • Increasing or ongoing use of alcohol and/or drugs
  • Relationship and family problems
  • Financial problems
  • Problems with work or school
  • Physical health problems
  • Sleeping problems
  • Social problems
  • Low self-esteem
  • Abuse/ trauma

Many people who are diagnosed with a mental health disorder (emotional problems) are also addicted to drugs and vice versa. In fact, people who suffer from anxiety and mood disorders are about twice as likely to be addicted to drugs, with the reverse also true.

When a person has both a mental health and substance use disorder, they have co-occurring disorders. For example, a person that abuses alcohol or marijuana and also has a depressive disorder has co-occurring disorders.

Co-Occurring DisordersĀ can make your entire life feel out of control and overwhelming.

As your addiction continues, the emotional cycle of feeling sad, anxious, stressed out, angry, afraid, or ashamed also becomes worse. You probably know that you don’t want to live like this anymore, but you may feel helpless to stop these destructive patterns. You may feel alone and isolated, because no one seems to understand what you are going through and no one has been able to help.

Maybe you have tried to work with other therapists, you’ve tried other techniques or medications, or maybe you have tried to quit and solve your problems on your own.

If you’re like a lot of people with emotional problems or addictions, it’s likely that you may be experiencing:

  • Guilt and shame
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger, irritability, frustration
  • Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, exhausted
  • Fear and hopelessness
  • Sleeping problems

Even though you felt this way, there is hope, things can get better.

If you are struggling with any emotional problems or addictive behaviors, YOU HAVE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE!

No matter how long you have been struggling with this things can get better.

Here are some of the BENEFITS you can have from counseling:

  • Sobriety and freedom from addictions
  • Decreased stress, anxiety and depression
  • Improved emotional, mental and physical health
  • Positive and healthy relationships with people in your life
  • Improved performance at work or school
  • Increased self-esteem and self-respect
  • Finally have healthier, more restful sleep
  • Learn to set appropriate boundaries
  • More energy, time, and money to spend on activities that you enjoy
  • Feel happier, healthier, relaxed, and more whole

Many counselors specialize in treating either mental health issues or addictions, but do not have training or experience in treating co-occurring disorders. In order to effectively treat both co-occurring disorders, it is important to simultaneously treat both the mental health issues and the addiction. As a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addiction Counselor with over ten years of experience in the mental health and addictions counseling fields, I have a lot of experience working with people with co-occurring disorders.

Motivational Interviewing is an evidence based, goal oriented, person centered counseling style that helps people who are thinking about making a change to go through the process of actually making that change.

As a Certified Motivational Interviewing Therapist, I can help you make the changes that you want to make in your life, even if you’re not sure about making a change right now. Motivational interviewing was created to help people to overcome their addiction, but it can also be effective for anyone that wants to make any change in their life.

Yes, you CAN make the changes that you want to make in your life!

Yes, you CAN overcome the emotional distress and addictions that have kept you stuck!

If you have tried to solve your own problems without success, you are probably ready to try something different. If so, here are your next steps:

Call me to schedule an individual counseling sessionĀ at 970-333-4519.