Professional Women’s Recovery Counseling
Confidential Support and Counseling
When dealing with addiction issues, you will be confronted with challenges throughout your recovery. Social stigma, perceived or otherwise, is a common struggle and often perceived as a barrier in recovery. This can be even more of a burden if you are someone who has a certain stature in your community, whether socially or professionally. In fact, finding the sober supports you need, once you’ve shed your addiction, may be more difficult for you than for someone less concerned about how her circumstances may reflect upon her.
Twelve-step programs are a solid foundation for getting started on the road to sobriety. If you’ve spent any time in rehab, it’s likely you discovered this to be the case. You are probably also aware that, when you are ready to leave rehab, there is a strong emphasis on staying with the Program as part of your aftercare. The challenge this presents for someone of notoriety in her community is the lack of actual anonymity afforded by groups like Alcoholics Anonymous. It’s a great idea, in theory, but, if you’re a CEO or local business owner with any kind of visibility, there is little that keeps you from the public eye. That can be a problem in terms of creating a program of sustainable sobriety.
Boca Raton Family Counseling offers an alternative for professional women seeking to support their recovery and sustain their sobriety. Rebecca Klasfeld has been working as a counselor in the field of addiction and recovery for over twenty years. She specializes in working with professional women who are seeking to find expert sober support, but in a strictly confidential setting.
The Path to Sobriety
Professional women struggling with addiction are in a unique, and somewhat paradoxical, situation. People confronting addiction often feel ashamed, so they hide. This kind of isolation doesn’t support sobriety and, in some cases, can start the cycle of addition all over again. For a professional woman reluctant to pursue services because of concern about the stigma of addiction, the motivation for self-isolation is clearly different, but the negative outcomes can be just the same. What matters most is that you are here now, seeking the support of an experienced addiction counselor who can provide you with the help you need to move forward in your recovery and into long-term, sustainable sobriety.
Overcoming Your Fear of Relapse
Feeling like you don’t know what’s going to happen may be one of your greatest sources of fear and anxiety, as it is for most people. This kind of ‘not knowing’ can fuel your fear of relapse. In a safe, nonjudgmental setting, you will have the opportunity to develop a better understanding of your triggers, as well as why you end up self-medicating, which lead to your addiction cycle. Once you get a sense of the people, places, and things that may be triggers for you, you’ll get a better idea of what to expect, from both your circumstances and yourself. This can help you freeze or decrease your fear, keeping you present in your recovery and supporting sustainable sobriety.
Sobriety and Emotional Intelligence
When you become consumed by an addiction, it’s like you’ve pulled a veil over your life. When you finally pull the veil aside, you may find that, emotionally, you
are exactly where you started when you first picked up. Moving forward, one of the many challenges you’ll face is learning new skills to support you in both your sobriety and your activities of daily living. As a professional woman, having a program of recovery and sobriety tailored specifically to your unique needs is one of the keys to your continued success. Working with your counselor at Boca Raton Family Counseling, you will reveal your strengths, discover where your challenges lie, find what you need to work on, and find what you need to let go of to reclaim your life.
Establishing good, solid boundaries is essential for starting and maintaining your sobriety. Your counselor will help you to recognize how circling back to the people, places, and things that trigger you no longer serve you and will be detrimental to your recovery. Impulsivity and poor choices are all part of the addiction dynamic, and can show up even when you’re sober. With a deeper appreciation of your triggers, you’ll be better able to get a sense of your own familiar patterns that often take you back to unhealthy behaviors. You will begin to gain a better sense of who’s supporting you and who’s not.
Establishing trust is about how you behave, not what you say you’re going to do. One of sobriety’s hardest lessons is learning to accept both yourself and the consequences of your past actions. You can make all the promises you want, but that will not help you re-establish the trust of your family, friends, co-workers, and peers that you may have lost. On the other hand, staying focused and simply showing the people around you that you are genuine in your efforts will be of enormous benefit to your recovery, in general.
Regaining trust isn’t just about other people. Learning to trust yourself again is a big part of overcoming your fear of relapse and establishing a firm foundation for moving forward. Self-shaming will not serve you; what will serve you is accepting and understanding that bad behavior does not make for bad people. Resistance to change and constant judgment will keep you stuck. Putting significant effort into your recovery and gaining self-awareness is necessary to live as a sober woman in recovery and will help you gain trust in yourself.
No matter what the source of addiction, you are in a spot where you’re recognizing your unique vulnerabilities. Addiction counseling will support you in getting some perspective on your vulnerabilities, so you can develop skills to address your triggers and help you gain the confidence you will need to meet the challenges that will ultimately get thrown your way. Ideally, the process of recovery is not only about maintaining long term sobriety, but also about finding the serenity to experience the joy and happiness in your life.