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Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. | James Baldwin

The Pathways Institute for Impulse Control works to help people gain control of their lives by helping them attain sobriety by a combination of 1) understanding the underlying emotional/psychological motivations of substance abuse, and 2) helping to formulate a sound relapse prevention plan to insure ongoing recovery.

Problem drinking and/or use of drugs is characterized by compulsive and uncontrolled use of both legal and illegal substances. By “problem,” we mean when the abuse begins to negatively impact on one’s interpersonal, occupational or legal life.

Substance abuse diagnosis is based on numerous factors. Sometimes it is characterized by binge drinking or out-of-control or risky behaviors while high, other times it is more subtle, like having drinks every day after work to manage stress, or the inability to leave an unfinished glass of alcohol at the table. Legal issues such as DUIs and domestic violence charges also can be indicative of problematic drug use. In short, daily use of drink or drugs is not the sole factor in assessing abuse or dependence. We provide a comprehensive evaluation to include all contributing factors, and recommend, with you, a personal and effective recovery plan.

While we understand the 12-step program works for many people, we will work with those with whom that approach does not appeal, or provide a therapeutic adjunct to 12-step.

At Pathways Institute, we work to create a non-judgmental and safe environment so you can begin to trust yourself and fully accept your problematic substance abuse issues, free to move beyond the secrets into a more meaningful and fulfilling life. We offer assessments (often for legal problems), individual and group therapy.

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This Program Will Help Individuals

  • Stop abusing substances;
  • Identify high -risk situations that trigger the impulse to drink or use drugs and develop strategies for overcoming them;
  • Restore, repair and gain stability and intimacy in family and personal life;
  • Repair job related problems or revise career plans that have been neglected due to drinking or drug use;
  • Explore and understand the roots of their substance abuse, including stressors, trauma, mood disorders, etc.;
  • Begin to have deeper and more meaningful relationships with themselves and others based on a more authentic expression of the self;
  • Identify unmet needs and to learn how to meet them in a healthy way, ultimately leading to deeper and more intimate relationships with themselves and others;
  • Resolve criminal or other legal problems by providing the court or attorneys with expert assessment and/or treatment;
  • Become part of a supportive network of people who have had substance abuse problems and overcame it;
  • Define and implement life-style changes that increase self confidence.
  • Get out of the cycle of substance abuse and move towards a happier, more intimate, more fulfilling life.

Why Seek Treatment?

Individuals with substance abuse problems don’t know why; often these behaviors will feel mysterious to those who have them, and will cause the person to feel out of control.

They don’t understand how to stop the behaviors.

They experience shameful feelings that prevent them from talking about their problem in order to get help to correct the problem.

They don’t understand the consequences of their actions on society, others in their lives or themselves.

They end up in jail or prison often suffering from undiagnosed and treated mental illness.

They are unaware of mental health problems such as impulse disorders, mood disorders and anxiety disorders.

They are unaware of available cognitive behavioral and psychotherapeutic treatment options.

They are unaware of available psychiatric medication that may benefit them.

For many people, these behaviors are about a longing for connection or an escape from stress or unhappiness. Often these behaviors can be a search for a way to feel soothed, connected, loved or comforted.

In spite of these longings, the behaviors frequently are secretive and shameful and can lead to deception, loss of relationship or divorce, isolation and feelings of loss of control.  Recovery requires compassion and a willingness to look inside one-self with honesty in order to understand the meaning these behaviors have had in your life.

Individuals can learn to employ new behaviors in order to resist their impulses. They learn to accept responsibility, new ways of coping with the underlying psychological and emotional triggers, create a relapse prevention plan, and repair relationships. New behaviors combined with psychological understanding are the foundation of relapse prevention.

All inquires are strictly confidential. Contact the Pathways Institute to set up an appointment or receive more information.

Insurance reimbursement may be available.