Substance Use

Substance use can have many negative effects, including conflicts with family and friends, legal concerns, physical and mental health impacts, and lack of development of other coping or stress management skills. Substance use problems can affect everyone, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, or family environment. I help people to identify alternative coping skills, as well as understand triggers, and develop relapse prevention strategies. I have experience working to promote harm reduction in clients’ lives and assist them in achieving their own goals regarding substance use.

 

Relapse Prevention Group:

I offer relapse prevention psychoeducation groups that educate clients on Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS), warning signs and triggers, the relapse progression, relapse and its effect on the brain, effects of drugs/alcohol on the body, addiction and the family, communication in recovery, stress management, time management, goal setting, nutrition, and tobacco cessation. The group is offered as a substance use disorder outpatient group in keeping with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) I.0 level of care and meets requirements of most legal or DCYFS concerns. If you are interested in joining this group, please let me know.