Sometimes working the 12-steps isn’t enough
People who relapse after many years of sobriety sometimes need extra help. Help to initiate and maintain their commitment to recovery once they return. People first coming home from an inpatient stay have become used to the structure of an IOP or inpatient facility. Now, only to find that the 12 step recovery model is truly self-help. In other words, they are now on their own to create and maintain their structure for recovery.
In offering therapy to addicts and alcoholics, I use a variety of tools to really help you get the best results. For example, in counseling sessions for alcoholism or addition, I’ll use several different therapy methods. For example, I may use ACT, Gestalt, motivational interviewing and mindfulness and meditation techniques. Taking this approach enhances their 12 step recovery.
When I talk about working with people in recovery I’m referring specifically to recovery from drugs, alcohol, or another similar addiction.
Everybody who is newly sober or clean has a different life to return to, but many recovering folks bring these issues to therapy:
- Trouble managing their relationships with family members and friends now that they’re clean.
- Maintaining their commitment to abstinence and recovery as a way of life.
- Finding fun and meaning in their life after letting go of the very thing that brought them meaning for so long.
- The body-adapting healthy physical habits to allow the body and mind to heal from the pounding they just took from years of Alcohol and drug use.
If you’re newly sober in AA or returning from rehab, you’ve got a long road ahead of you as you embark on a life of recovery. Must of your life is changing. In fact, many of the things you did and people you hung out before are no longer a good fit. And many of your closest relationship are difficult now that you are sober. The truth is, addicts and alcoholics are being asked to give up the one thing that used to work when things got tough. And that’s not easy to give up. But, the truth is that thing was not working anymore. And, there’s a gap between rebuilding a sober life and letting go of the previous life. And, there’s a gap between rebuilding a sober life and letting go of the previous life.
Addiction therapy can support & enhance your recovery
That’s where I can help as an addiction recovery therapist. I’ve helped many addicts and alcoholics bridge the gap between their previous life and their new one. Through counseling, I help people navigate AA and NA so these programs work for them, along with our work in therapy, to guide you towards the new life that you want. Furthermore, I help people maintain their commitment to recovery when it gets hard, and it will. Having a hard time is part of the recovery process, just like healing from a cut on your arm is sometimes sore as it’s healing. It’s kind of like that.
I’m very well-versed in how 12-step recovery works, and I’m a believer in it.
Who am I a good fit for as an addiction recovery therapist and who am I not a good fit for?
If you want a therapist who will adopt a harm reduction model, I’m not a good fit for you. If you’re currently addicted, I’m not a great fit for you. (Some people are abusing alcohol or drugs, using more than they’d like to be. That’s not the same thing.) If you want help, we’ll be talking about AA and NA-but only if you’re in recovery. This is not a level of care that works if you’re still actively using drugs and alcohol. But I also have specific training in psychotherapeutic methods that work very well along with 12 step recovery. Addiction counseling compliments and enhances the work you are doing in 12 step programs.
My Approach to Therapy for Recovering People in New Jersey
We’re going to talk about what’s working, and what isn’t and why. We’ll talk about how to find meaning in your life when you’ve decided to give up the thing that gave you the most meaning-your drug of choice. We’re going to talk about how AA and therapy work together, and sometimes when therapy may say one thing and AA says another. This can be confusing for someone in recovery. Yet, it is possible to navigate. We call this idea of holding two competing ideas and navigating them both psychological flexibility. This is a concept of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT. This is the core goal of ACT, and it’s required if you’re going to recover.