Written by Jordan Zipkin, LMFT
Millions of people struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. Whether your substance abuse hasn’t really affected your job or relationships, or your addiction has had severe consequences on every aspect of your life, therapy can help you gain back control.
Do you turn to drugs or alcohol when you feel anxious or depressed? Do you want a better life, but don’t know what to do? Do you use drugs or alcohol to cope with everyday life? Do you feel like you’re at the end of your rope? These are all common feelings people experience when they struggle with addiction.
When you use drugs or alcohol it’s for a reason. They often serve the purpose of helping us deal with or escaping from our emotions. Do drugs make you feel alive? Do they numb your feelings? Does it help you escape from reality? Therapy helps you understand why you are turning to drugs or alcohol, so you can learn healthier alternative ways to deal with life and feel good without abusing substances.
As a therapist, I’ve been helping people overcome addiction for years. Addiction counseling teaches you how to recognize what you are feeling and deal with them without the need for drugs or alcohol. Together we’ll identify why you use drugs or alcohol in the first place, and then find different ways to feel better so you can reduce or eliminate your use of substances.
Do you feel ashamed, guilty, or hopeless? Psychotherapy can help you overcome addiction, shed those feelings, and replace them with confidence and a healthy self-esteem. You’ll learn how to be more positive, compassionate, and kinder to yourself. If you’re ready to beat your addiction and move forward in your life, contact Jordan Zipkin, LMFT today.
When you first enter recovery, your emotions can feel incredibly intense and awful and like they’ll last forever. Therapy provides a safe, nonjudgmental space where you can ride out that wave of intense emotions with support from an experienced, caring, and unbiased professional. Over time your emotional highs and lows will even out and you’ll find peace in balance and moderation. You’ll become comfortable with uncomfortable emotions and be able to face life’s stressors and challenges head on without the need for drugs or alcohol. Your life will become less chaotic and more calm, stable, and balanced.
I believe everyone can overcome addiction, but everyone’s goals and paths to get there are different. Whether you are looking to reduce the amount of alcohol you consume, or want to eliminate your use of drugs or alcohol altogether, we can help you live the life you want.
I love working with people who are ready to overcome their addiction and commit to improving their lives. We use a detail-oriented, solution-focused style so you can achieve your goals quickly. During therapy sessions we use a conversational and easy-going approach, so you can feel comfortable, confident, and live a healthy life.
It is often so difficult to be vulnerable and share our emotions and experiences with others, especially when we’ve learned that, when we do so, it often leads to shame, ridicule, and pain. This strategy you’ve developed to handle emotions and experiences is one that I understand, as it serves to protect you. You’re here because you’re ready to share at least some of your emotions, experiences, and your story with me, and that is all we need to get started on helping you achieve your desired transformations.
It’s so difficult to navigate through life when one of your biggest obstacle seems like it’s you. When your willpower seems unstoppable, you struggle with impulsive actions, and you regularly act out, it’s so challenging to rid yourself of addiction and fill your life with positivity. This is an area in which I am very familiar. You and I will work to quickly identify these self-destructive patterns and help you to become a consistent and positive presence in your own life by living in alignment with your desired healthy values.
Jordan Zipkin, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist located in San Diego, California. If you are ready to break free of addiction and live a peaceful life, schedule an appointment below.