Dependance

Dependance

Among the many people I’ve helped over the last seven years, the people who are the most challenging, and very much in need of therapy, are those who are or have been drug dependant. For these people, arriving in my office for an initial consultation becomes a gesture of courage on their part and and act of confession.
To help people who are drug dependant, a high level of trust be established. I don’t view drug dependance as a form of moral failure, but I see these people suffering for reasons that are seldom obvious. The drug dependance is approached as a symptom, a symptom of emotional trauma endured in the past. Without being trite I believe happy people don’t become drug dependant. Once therapy goes forward, there is often little discussion of the drug dependancy itself, but a lengthy exploration of the ongoing and underlying emotional issues that initiate and sustain drug dependance.