Most people begin to drink or use because it is fun. It is much easier to feel confident and be comfortable in social situations with a little bit of “liquid courage under your belt.” For some, substance use evolves into a way to “take the edge off” when they have had a bad day or are under stress. Alcohol and drugs are often used to deal with problems and as a way to self medicate deeper issues. Although it may not be the healthiest way to manage, many people drink or use for years and are able to maintain a happy, fulfilling life.
Then there are those who use substances as a way to cope with their problems and at some point it flips on them and the substances themselves become the problem. This is when the disease of addiction begins to rear its ugly head.
Addiction is a progressive and potentially fatal disease. That means that it does not get better. Once you become an alcoholic or an addict you can never turn back the clock no matter how long it has been since you last drank or used. When addiction is left untreated it is one of the most painful and destructive experiences in life for you and everyone around you. The disease of addiction does not discriminate and once it becomes part of your life you are basically screwed unless you seek help.
No one but you can decide if you are an alcoholic or an addict. But if you think you might be, or if someone else thinks you are, I can help you figure out what to do.
I have a personal relationship with addiction and have been involved in recovery for 20 years so I know from both sides how intense and hard it is to talk to someone. I offer you a place you can be honest and know that you will not be judged. I have been there myself.