Whether you identify your substance use as an addiction or find that it creates problems in your life, it sounds like you’re ready to make a change. Your relationship with substances might feel overwhelming to think about. You might still be using and don’t know how to stop the cycle. Maybe you can’t yet forgive yourself for things that happened while under the influence in the past.

Substance use is often paired with a history of trauma and can lead to guilt, grief, depression, and loneliness. Without knowing how to relate to and manage your substance use, it can negatively impact your daily functioning, your relationships, your job, and your finances.

While substance use or addiction can look like different things to different people, you might notice any of the following:

  • Feeling that you need it regularly
  • Continuing to use even though it is causing problems in your life
  • Doing things you wouldn’t normally do in order to get it
  • Failing when you attempt to stop using
  • Using larger and larger amounts to get the same effect
  • Creating financial strains and stresses in your life to obtain it
  • Creating physical health problems
  • Missing work and family responsibilities

If you feel uncomfortable about your relationship to substances or feel powerless in changing the role it plays in your life, it’s likely you could use some support and guidance in taking back the control.

Substance Use Counseling

How Therapy Helps with Substance Use

Addiction counseling sometimes gets a bad reputation because so many people falsely think it has to be court-mandated work. Many people also don’t seek treatment due to a fear of judgment or being stigmatized. The best type of support and change is the kind that comes from your own motivation. Whether you recognize you have a problem and want to stop using, are working to maintain your recovery, are learning to manage relapses, are noticing that your recreational use is getting out of control, or are still deciding if you have a problem at all, counseling can help point you in the right direction.

With the support, encouragement, and guidance from a trained addiction counselor, you can learn more about your relationship to your substance use, challenge the negative cycle of self-defeating behavior and internal self-talk, and reclaim the life you want to be living.

You’ll also find therapy to be a great source for new coping skills and accountability to make changes in your behavior that will help you stay committed to your goals. You’ll learn about the addiction cycle, how relapse is part of recovery, and what it means to heal your whole person instead of just mask the troublesome parts underneath.

Your substance use counselor at Kalamazoo Therapy Group has your back and is here to walk the path with you.

Contact the Kalamazoo Therapy Group

Call us at (269) 225-5148, or send a message.

    Substance Use Counselors

    Leah Hoekstra, LMSW, CAADC
    Leah Hoekstra

    LMSW, CAADC

    Katherine Gill, Therapist
    Katherine Gill

    LLPC, NCC