Time for Change

We still refuse to see the need for a change in how we understand and treat addiction to drugs and alcohol. As long as our society and the treatment industry continues to think that addiction is about something other than the addict or alcoholic, more and more will continue to die on a daily basis. We still do not fully accept the addict and alcoholic's responsibility in their addiction.

We have tried blaming a variety of people, places and things and the situation has not gotten better but only steadily worse. You could say that the understanding that we currently have about addiction and the treatment modalities used with addicts and alcoholics is actually aiding in their destruction. Our system is actually part of the problem, not the solution.

Addiction is about what a particular substance does for the addict or alcoholic. Addiction to drugs and alcohol helps the addict and alcohol feel good and in the process avoid reality. Addiction to drugs and alcohol suppresses and supports the addict and alcoholic's negative self image of not being good enough and the emotional consequences of poor self esteem.

The drug, like the drug dealer, physician, pharmaceutical companies, are not the problem. The drugs are not addictive. The addiction gets created by what the drug does to relieve the emotional pain caused by the addict or alcoholic's way of thinking, especially about themselves. Help the addict or alcoholic create a new, healthier self image and the addiction will vanish."

Dr. Harry Henshaw


Rejection of Self

Some have asked me why we work with both individuals that have drug and alcohol addiction issues and those that have mental health problems at the Holistic Outpatient Counseling Center. Many see the two disorders as separate, as unrelated and therefore requiring different forms of treatment.

It is my opinion that even though the disorders appears different, they are not. There is a common denominator so to speak that connects them. What really connects the two disorders is there rejection of the self. Both have at their core, major self image and self esteem problems.

When we do not think that we are good enough, when we learn or adopt this belief early in life, we tend to not accept ourselves, show little if any respect for ourselves and definitely will not love ourselves. In essence we reject ourselves, thinking that we have little if any value or worth as a human being.

The behavioral path of those with addictive issues and those with emotional problems is also the same. Both paths are self destructive. The intention or purpose of both paths is not to better ones life but rather to self sabotage, even to the point of committing suicide, consciously or unconsciously.

My strategy at the Holistic Outpatient Counseling Center is to help individuals with either a mental health or addiction problem to learn how to start accepting, respecting and even, to love themselves. While this learning process takes time it is possible.

Dr. Harry Henshaw

Morning Blog with Dr. Harry Henshaw

I will discuss a very importance topic, Resistance to Change and give two suggestions for helping an individual deal with this resistance.

First suggestion is to work with someone on your transformation or recovery, a sponsor, therapist or coach.

The second suggestion is to have a daily plan, write it out and review it daily. Self monitoring is a very powerful technique for creating change.

Dr. Harry Henshaw.

Red Flags for Recovery

The Red Flags for Recovery is a list of the behaviors that represent resistance, resistance to doing the work of recovery. I believe you can benefit from reviewing the list daily. When you discover a behavior that you currently doing share it with someone, preferably your sponsor or therapist.

Dr. Harry Henshaw

Holistic outpatient counseling and healing services for drug and alcohol addiction and mental health services in Miami, Florida.