“Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell.”
– Carrie Fisher
Addiction is a vicious thing. It storms into your life leaving you feeling hopeless, helpless, or “irritable, restless, and discontent” (as the writers of Alcoholics Anonymous like to describe it). The thing that feels comfortable or familiar at the time (drinking alcohol excessively, abusing prescription medication, using drugs, bouncing from one unhealthy relationship to the next, always taking care of other people at the expense of our own needs, and so on) ultimately harms us more and more over the years. Addiction slowly, but surely, takes everything from you – relationships, job, home, health, happiness, freedom. The good news is: recovery IS possible – I have seen it. Recovery is complicated and messy at times, but also beautiful and entirely worth the effort in the end.
Sometimes, addiction enters your life when it takes hostage someone you care about deeply. Your love for this person and your fears for their well-being make it difficult to tell whether your attempts to help are actually helping, or only allowing the problem to continue. Being in this position often feels just as hopeless and just as overwhelming. The good news is: you can recover, too. The very best thing that you can do for the addicted person in your life is to be well yourself.
My name is Jacilyn. I provide professional therapy services to adults with a special focus on addiction and the things that usually follow addiction into our lives, like trauma, family problems, anxiety, depression, shame, and fear. Whatever stage of that journey you are in – asking for help, trying to get sober, long-term recovery, or learning to love someone with an addiction in a healthy, supportive way – your best bet for getting and staying well is to keep working at it. I want to help you find that hope again; to know that life is worth living.
Call me today to set up your appointment.
“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger — something better, pushing right back.” – Albert Camus