Worried you are LOSING CONTROL

TO ALCOHOL or DRUGS?

 

Get help to reduce or eliminate your substance use

and regain control of your life today!

Substance Use Therapy in Houston Texas

50 Min $250

How Do I Know if I Have a Substance Use Problem?

  • Do you drink or use drugs more than you intend to? Have you tried to cut down on your own but can’t?

 

  • Has your life come to revolve around drinking or using drugs? Have you given up other hobbies or interests?

  • Has your substance use caused problems with family and friends, at work, in your romantic relationship, or with the law?

 

  • Do you continue to drink or use drugs despite negative consequences to your health, your mood, or your reputation?

These are just some of the signs that you might have a substance use problem…

Whether your substance use is severe

or just a bit out of control…

Therapy for substance use

can help you take your life back!

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Substance Use Treatment Options:

Medications:

Several medications exist that can help curb your cravings for alcohol and drugs and help you feel less physically dependent on drugs or alcohol. Book an appointment with a psychiatrist or physician to explore your options…

Residential Treatment (“Rehab”)

Taking a complete break from drugs and alcohol for 30-45 days is sometimes necessary if you can’t cut down or stop on your own. By going to residential treatment you will have a chance to reset your system and start fresh. After several weeks of abstinence cravings begin to become more manageable and your chances of staying sober on your own become higher.

Therapy:

Therapy can help you understand the reasons and functions of your substance use and shed light on some of the underlying traumas, negative feelings, or sources of anxiety that make you want to use substances to numb out or relax.

Detoxification:

If your substance use is high or chronic and you experience physical symptoms when you try to reduce or stop your use, you may need assistance from a physician to safely reduce your consumption. This is especially true if you experience severe shaking, seizures, or short-lived hallucinations.

Better Therapy for Substance Use Problems:

Discover My Holistic Approach to Substance Use Treatment:

I use a tailored approach to treating your substance use problem that combines the best of many methods. Based on my extensive experience as a clinician at the Substance Disorder Treatment Program at the Michael E. DeBakey VA in Houston, I have the expertise to assess the extent of your substance use problem and make recommendations about the best approach for you.

In many situations substance use that has gotten out of hand can be looked at as merely a symptom of other things going on. Since I treat the whole person and not just a symptom I will help you explore the role your substance use plays in relation to the many other things going on in your life. Drinking or drug use often expresses a part of us that is trying to get relief from other aspects of our psyche such as a mind that won’t be quiet and relax, a self-critical voice that is too loud, a depressed part of us that feels worthless or inadequate, or an anxious part that feels overwhelmed by traumatic memories from the past.

Whatever the situation might be for you, I will help you understand what is going on and address the sources of your addictive behaviors so you won’t have to escape your inner reality through drugs and alcohol. 

Psychologist Dr. Rune Moelbak

Discover My Holistic Approach to Substance Use Treatment:

I use a tailored approach to treating your substance use problem that combines the best of many methods. Based on my extensive experience as a clinician at the Substance Disorder Treatment Program at the Michael E. DeBakey VA in Houston, I have the expertise to assess the extent of your substance use problem and make recommendations about the best approach for you.

In many situations substance use that has gotten out of hand can be looked at as merely a symptom of other things going on. Since I treat the whole person and not just a symptom I will help you explore the role your substance use plays in relation to the many other things going on in your life. Drinking or drug use often expresses a part of us that is trying to get relief from other aspects of our psyche such as a mind that won’t be quiet and relax, a self-critical voice that is too loud, a depressed part of us that feels worthless or inadequate, or an anxious part that feels overwhelmed by traumatic memories from the past.

Whatever the situation might be for you, I will help you understand what is going on and address the sources of your addictive behaviors so you won’t have to escape your inner reality through drugs and alcohol. 

Psychologist Dr. Rune Moelbak

How will therapy for substance use help me?

1. Therapy helps you learn about your substance use triggers:

Through therapy you can gain a more in depth understanding of the internal and external triggers that produce cravings or make you vulnerable to want to drink or use drugs. By developing insight into your own personal triggers you will be better equipped and prepared to avoid them, deal with them, or change them.

 

2. Therapy helps you understand the role of your substance use:

People usually drink or use drugs for a reason and understanding what those reasons are will be helpful in pointing you towards other areas inside that need to be addressed. If you need alcohol or drugs to lessen your anxiety, boost your mood, or numb out, we need to address why that is so you can learn to be more comfortable within your own skin

3. Therapy equips you with new skills and habits:

Therapy can help you learn a number of skills most people will need in order to reduce their alcohol or drug consumption. These can include: how to manage cravings, how to turn down drinks or drugs, how find new ways to enjoy life without alcohol or drugs, or how to manage your mood or your thoughts.

4. Therapy helps you address the root causes of your substance use:

Your substance use is often only a symptom or way of dealing with deeper issues that have yet to be addressed. It is a quick fix that helps you escape for a moment but doesn’t really offer a lasting solution. Therapy can help you get to the root of your problems so you can feel more at peace with yourself and better able to live your life without the need to escape.

The Better Therapy Difference:

By choosing me as your therapist you can be assured of the following:

I Provide Expertise You Can Trust

 

Therapists vary widely in their level of education and expertise. By hiring a therapist with a Ph.D. you make sure you are getting a therapist who has the highest level of training on the market. As a doctor in clinical psychology with more than 15 years of experience, and as a certified couples therapist, I have the knowledge and experience to meet your needs

I Help You Achieve Deeper Change

 

Many therapists provide short-term surface-level solutions to your problems. They treat the symptoms and not the causes. Why not get it right the first time? I have many years of experience helping people get to the emotional root of their problems. Rather than providing you with band-aid solutions, I help you achieve change that lasts

I Treat People not Disorders

 

Unlike many therapists who take a medical approach to psychological problems, and may provide you with a diagnosis of a mental disorder, I view suffering from an existential and growth-oriented perspective. This means that I focus on understanding you as a person, in the context of normal life struggles, and relate to you as one person to another
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I Have an Open Mind

 

I work with people of all cultures, races, and sexual orientations, and strive to create a welcoming affirming place no matter who you are. As a native European psychologist who has lived and studied in many different countries, I bring an international and open-minded outlook to my work and to the people I work with

What Clients Say:

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Scheduling an appointment is easy:

Individual Therapy: 50 Minutes/ $250
Couples Therapy: 80 Minutes/ $325

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