Alcohol & Drug Counseling

The crucial first step towards recovery is the initial phone call to my office. I appreciate your acknowledgment that you need help and are reaching out to say, "I'm in trouble." 

I have developed expertise in helping individuals with drug and alcohol problems for the last twenty years. My belief and experience is that recovery is both an event (not taking a first drink) and a process (letting this new way of living evolve one day at a time). I would characterize my approach as non-traditional in that it differs from widely endorsed 12-step models. I respect the tremendous help that these programs offer its members, yet I meet large numbers of people for whom the 12-step program is not a good fit. 

My approach, which I call Talking Back to Addiction, makes no assumptions about a belief in God or any spiritual orientation. It does make reference to living life on life's terms, finding hope and meaning in the daily journey of life and taking responsibility for all actions. I want to help you develop your own personal program of recovery. This entails helping you to discover how alcohol or other drugs impact your life and what it will mean to make changes. For each person this will be different. 

If you are a family member of someone who is in trouble with substance abuse, we may work together to determine what the best course of action might be on behalf of that individual. I have expertise in facilitating a safe, non-judgmental conversation between the family and the person of concern, in order to assess how this family member might be helped. If you are considering my services for an intervention, please call me so we may further discuss my approach.

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“Michael saved my life. I arrived on Michael’s doorstep after yet another treatment center (12th? 15th?), suicidal and hopeless. He spent countless hours listening to my story, helping me separate the guilt, fear and shame from who I really am. Michael didn’t push or shape or mold me; he allowed me to find my own way.”
— Joyce, 4 years sober