Substance Use and Addiction
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When you feel physical or emotional pain, it’s natural to want to numb from it, or find something more pleasurable to experience instead. If you’re experiencing a high level of anxiety, depression, or reminders from the past, you may find some temporary relief in drinking or using. But if you continuously rely on substances to cope with your emotional pain, you find yourself with compounding challenges: relationship conflicts, risky behaviors, poor decision making, feelings of shame and worthlessness, and an inability to participate in the things that are most important to you.
At Inner Atlas, we know that problematic issues with substances usually begin as a means to find relief, which then turn into a survival skill to get through a highly stressful or even traumatic time. Here, we view substance use as a solution that has become a problem. Through therapy, we can help you learn how to meet your true needs that drive your pattern of use. If you're wrestling with substance use or you're in recovery and seeking support, we can help you address the underlying causes and arrive at a new stage of healing and wholeness.