What To Do When Alcohol or Drugs Are Limiting Your Potential

by Michael Walsh

“What To Do When Alcohol or Drugs Are Limiting Your Potential” - article 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).

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I’m a Certified and Credentialed Addiction Recovery Coach & Interventist with extensive knowledge in the field of substance use disorders. I’ve been trained by some of the best in the field and continue to remain active in various recovery communities both in Canada, and internationally.

If you’re looking for help to stop drinking, help to moderate drinking, or support in dealing with a substance use concern of any kind, please feel free to reach out to me. I offer one-on-one recovery coaching, family support, and drug and alcohol intervention services.

I offer a no-charge consult call to anyone who has questions about their own substance use, or the substance use of a family member. These calls are completely confidential with no pressure to make a decision before you feel entirely ready.

And if you’re still wondering, “do I have a drinking problem?”, please check out this blog post, where you’ll find helpful steps for evaluating the role that alcohol plays in your life. If you want to know more about how to help someone with a substance use concern please read my article about deploying the CRAFT Model of Addiction.

I’d also like to invite you to read more about my personal story here.

If you’re ready to explore the potential of working together, I’d love to chat. Michael is based in Victoria British Columbia Canada and as of June 26, 2022 the other Recovery Coaches on the team are based in Nanaimo, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. Because we all work virtually — we can work with anyone no matter what city, province or country around the world. We have clients in Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, New York City, Denver, Nashville, Berlin, Tel Aviv, London, Singapore and Australia.

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Michael Walsh

When I say I’ve been there, I mean it. I am a different person now, and I am fired up about helping other people get to the place where they, too, are living better, healthier, and bigger lives.

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