People use substances for various reasons.
Sometimes people start drinking alcohol or using drugs socially, for enjoyment, or to be part of a group. They may choose to use it periodically and feel in control of their use.
But sometimes, people can also use alcohol or other substances to avoid difficult emotions or situations. For example, they may turn to substances to help them sleep, cope with the stress in their life, or overcome boredom.
Unfortunately, these reasons often lead to more problems as the person never gets to the root of the emotional or situational issue, causing them to drink or use drugs.
How Do You Know If You Need Online Substance Use Treatment?
Often, people—or trusted friends and family—start to notice that alcohol or drug use is creating new problems or making existing issues worse. For instance, people with anxiety may try to cope with their intense feelings by self-medicating with alcohol or other substances.
Additionally, you may notice that you:
- Turn to substances to avoid difficult situations or emotions
- Feel less in control of your use
- Need to use more to feel the effects of the substance
- Are experiencing problems at work, school, or
in relationships related to your use
But seeking help can be hard as you may not feel your use is causing that much harm, and you may fear how others will judge you.
You Can Create The Life You Want To Live.
Get the personalized support and help you need to overcome your current emotional or situational challenges with my online therapy in California.
Online substance use treatment can help you identify why you’re using alcohol or drugs and help you explore your substance use goals.
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to substance use therapy. For instance, abstinence may or may not be your goal.
Instead, you may be seeking ways to reduce harm or gain more balance and control over when and how much you use.
You need a safe, non-judgmental place to gain clarity and understanding of your substance use and goals.
My Online Substance Use Treatment In San Francisco and Los Angeles Meets You Where You Are And Focuses On Your Specific Needs.
We work together so you understand your substance use and identify any underlying factors or contributing issues that may be impacting your use, like anxiety or depression.
To best help you, I create a safe, non-judgmental space for you to discuss your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This approach allows you to gain insight into any other issues that may be underlying your use.
I work collaboratively with you to identify your treatment goals—whether that’s reducing use, stopping only those substances that you feel are causing you problems, or abstinence.
Gain Clarity On Your Substance Use Without Feeling Judged.
We will work together to help you explore your substance use and set the right therapy goals for you. Schedule your free consultation call or contact me for more information about my online substance use therapy in California.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Online Substance Use Treatment in San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA
What is Substance Use Treatment?
Substance use treatment for individuals provides you with a safe, non-judgmental place to explore your alcohol or drug use, set goals that fit your situation, and learn new skills and habits.
During therapy, I work collaboratively with you to identify your treatment goals—whether harm reduction, reducing use, stopping only substances causing you problems, or abstinence. Together, we will help you gain clarity on your use, develop healthy coping skills and habits, and gain the balance and control that fits your situation.
How does Online Substance Use Treatment work?
Online substance use treatment works similarly to in-person therapy, except you don’t have to spend time traveling to a therapist’s office.
Before therapy starts, you will complete a set of online forms using my confidential and secure system. You will receive appointment reminders by text or email, depending on your preference, and sessions are conducted using a HIPAA-compliant online video service. Sessions last 50 minutes.
When is Substance Use Treatment needed?
Substance use treatment can help if you notice that your alcohol or drug use is interfering with your work, daily life, or relationships. Additionally, you may notice that you turn to substances to try to cope with anxiety, stress, or depression, or you don’t feel in control of your use.
How much does Substance Use Treatment in San Francisco and Los Angeles cost?
Substance use treatment is $200 per 50-minute individual session.
How long does the Substance Use Treatment process take?
People use substances for different reasons, and there is no one-size-fits-all treatment solution or time frame. Some individuals may achieve results in 8 to 12 weeks, while others may need more ongoing support.
During your initial sessions, we will work together to identify your unique therapy goals. I will monitor your progress and help you determine when you have achieved your goals.
How do I know if Online Substance Use Treatment is right for me?
Online substance use treatment can help if you notice that your substance use is interfering with your daily life, relationships, or work. Additionally, you can benefit if you feel you have less control over your substance use, want to gain clarity on your use, or notice you’re using to cope with other problems, like anxiety or stress.