Why Assess your own drug or alcohol use with help of a professional?

Maybe someone suggested that you drink too much. Loved ones may be harrassing you about your recreational drug use. Rude, right?

Maybe you are suddenly shaky in the morning or thinking about your first drink before lunchtime.

Maybe you feel anxious and guilty all the time. The only thing that seems to settle you is your drink or drug of choice.

You could be doing "just fine" or be completely out of control and know it.

The process of addiction can easily trick us into thinking that the rules don't pertain to us:

  1. Working While Intoxicated

  2. Caring for Minor Children While Intoxicated

  3. Driving While Under the Influence

  4. Lying to Cover Use

  5. Using more and more to feel "normal"

Some teeter in between functioning and falling apart for a lifetime. It is a tricky (and quite painful) place to live.

There is a sweet spot in the brain of someone moving towards addiction in which they are aware their behaviors are potentially leading to problems. They can still analyze cause and effect, risk and benefit.

I help you find that sweet spot and guide you to make your own decisions about how you want to proceed.

Addiction is lonely and relentless. Once you are suffering with an addiction, your brain's reward system will love it and detest any suggestion that maybe you have a problem.

Thus exisits the "rock bottom" theory that once addicted to drugs, alcohol, or destructive behaviors, something drastic/catastropic must happen to propel positive changes.

What if you didn't need to hit the bottom. If you are reading this, you have tons of potential to change your course.

I work with severely ill clients who are so stuck in their addiction that they are literally killing themselves and still won't stop.

Some heal and some die, but most tell me at some point that

"I wish I had met you sooner."

What makes an Assessment with Holistic Interventionist different than a Free Assessment with a treatment facility or program?

My goal is not to get you to go to my program. Actually, I don't even have a program. I do not work for one particular treatment facility nor believe in only one treatment philosophy or modality.

My goal is your goal. I help you find that.

I charge for my assessment. Why? Because getting well isn't free. You are making a decision to talk with a professional about severity of use and options for treatment. If we just have a chat, there is no skin in the game. Plus I'm a qualified professional and this is my job.

What happens during an Assessment?

I do my best to create a comfortable conversation. I meet you at your comfort level. Some want to get to know eachother a bit first, and some like to get right to the facts. I have the ability to flow with your comfort level and get the information I need at a pace and level of detail that works for you.

We discuss so much more than WHAT and HOW MUCH you use. As a registered nurse, I ask about health history, medications, current symptoms, and overall wellness.

I inquire about all dimensions of wellness: Physical, Emotional, Social, Intellectual, Occupational, Financial, Environmental and Spiritual. Often we are not able to identify how our substance use is impacting various areas of our life until we pick them apart a bit. I don't just focus on deficits, I bring out strenghts and preferences. When making treatment recommendations, I take in to account what makes you feel whole.

I do question your "truths". I'm not being dismissive of your reality. This is a process called motivational interviewing. I ask some uncomfortable questions to help you clarify your actions, thought process, and goals.

The end of the day, the decision about what to do with what you learned is completely up to you.

An Assessment is much different than an Intervention. You are in control. You are making the choices. And we know that when people initiate their own treatment plan, their success in recovery is much more likely.

If you'd like to schedule as Assessment with me, here is what you will get:

  1. 1.5-2 hours of 1-1 motivational interviewing and assessment of your past, present, and future state of wellness.

  2. Recognition of your individual and unique factors. We will discuss all barriers to you seeking help and the type of program/environment you would flourish in.

  3. Truth. I will not engage or invest in your incongruent thoughts.

  4. A copy of your Assessment including risks and nursing diagnoses. This can be useful as if you choose to seek treatment options on your own.

  5. Minimum of 3 Individualized Treatment Options with Contact Information.

  6. Option to retain me for ongoing case management and advocacy as you navigate your treatment plan.

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