People know when alcohol or drugs are standing in the way of their potential
▪ by Michael Walsh
In the March/April edition of y.a.m. Magazine in Victoria, B.C., Alex Van Tol's article Take Charge of Your Health asks you to examine your usages and addictions, whether to drugs or alcohol. (Toxic relationships are a whole other dimension.)
“If you think you have a problem, you probably do,” says Michael Walsh, addictions and substance use specialist and recovery coach. “People will recognize if alcohol [or drugs] is standing in the way of their potential”, he says.
After you’re done with denial — and that’s a normal part of getting to a better place — and have decided you need to make a change, talk about it with a friend or family member. Or ask your doc for support, but be aware that many physicians lack deep experience dealing with substance use and addictions. A coach can help you gain control by setting up systems to help you monitor and reduce or eliminate your usage.
“There’s no shame in reaching out for help when looking to make changes in your life,” says Walsh. “I work with people wherever they’re at, even if they still want to use or drink. It’s a process getting them to the point where they’re comfortable saying, ‘Yeah, I’m done.”’
Read Alex’s full article, Taking Charge of Your Health, by going to y.a.m. Magazine (the article starts on page 61).