Substance Abuse Specialist

Humble Warrior Therapy

Rachel Gordon, MA, MED

Buddhist Psychotherapist & Counselor located in Castle Rock, CO

Substance abuse is an epidemic in the United States, often starting in childhood and progressing through adulthood. To address the consequences of substance abuse and help you find peace in your life, Buddhist psychotherapist, Rachel Gordon, provides comprehensive, compassionate therapies that center around your physical and mental health at Humble Warrior Therapy in Castle Rock, Colorado. Through talk therapy, yoga, and other integrative, holistic practices, Rachel guides you on your journey to recovery and a better quality of life. It’s never too late to choose a better life. Schedule a consultation with Rachel online or by phone today.

Substance Abuse Q & A

What impact does substance abuse have on my health?

Substance abuse involves the use of substances that alter your mind or behavior. Whether you’re overusing or misusing alcohol, prescription medications, or illicit drugs, your actions will have an impact on your own health and welfare as well as the lives of those around you.

The health impact of substance abuse includes:

  • Heart disease
  • Organ stress
  • Mental confusion
  • Memory problems
  • A weakened immune system

Abusing alcohol or drugs can also lead to accidental overdoses and premature death.

How does substance abuse affect mental health and behaviors?

Alcohol and drugs directly affect your brain chemistry, specifically the limbic system that controls your mood and instincts. These substances can trigger the production of excess dopamine, which regulates your moods and helps you experience feelings of pleasures, giving you the high sensation that’s so addictive.

Drugs and alcohol can also contribute to both short-term and long-term behavioral changes and mental health problems like:

  • Paranoia
  • Irrationality
  • Hallucinations
  • Impaired judgement

You may be prone to losing your sense of self-control and displaying impulsive behaviors that you wouldn’t normally do when you’re not under the influence.

These issues often result in criminal activity, irresponsibility at work and home, and injury from accidents.

How is substance abuse treated?

To address the specifics of your substance abuse, Rachel uses several techniques to help you better understand your behaviors and life choices. In addition to talk therapy, she specializes in creating a treatment plan that focuses on finding joy and inner peace, so you can live a life free from the dependence on drugs and alcohol.

Rachel also works closely with you on lifestyle modifications, your diet, and your daily physical activity to get you physically and mentally fit. Yoga, guided meditation, and educational resources are all available for you to learn how to implement the necessary changes in your life to find peace and joy.

Many people with substance abuse issues benefit from Rachel’s individual, couple, and group therapy options to heal the emotional wounds that addiction causes in yourself and your loved ones.

If you need help overcoming substance abuse issues, call the office today or request an appointment with Rachel Gordon online now.