Deborah Winters, M.A.,L.P.C.C. (#4000) -- My Process Regarding Addiction Treatment

For someone who is struggling with addiction, the challenge is to find a way to channel their strengths and use what is often a limitless determination to forge a new, positive path for their own lives—one that leads to success, happiness, and freedom. (Click here to read about my philosophy regarding addiction and substance abuse.)

My work involves helping the struggling individual to unravel and resolve the conflicts that holds them locked within their addiction. I help educate them on what they need to do to make this process successful, while creating a safe place for them to show their vulnerability and share their darkest secrets. In that space, there is no judgment, no humility, and no ridicule.

I begin with questioning the real reason of the individual’s drug use, aside from the obvious. What have they done or experienced that causes them to feel like they need to punish themselves repeatedly? Furthermore, I help them understand that the most important person to have a strong relationship with is oneself. I teach them self-compassion, self-worth, and most of all self-love.

It is one of the most heartbreaking things in the world to witness someone with little to no self- worth blame themselves for injured or ruined relationships, when the reality is that truly have no control over their actions; rather, they are controlled by the insidious demon within.

These individuals are often broken into infinite pieces, and at the remnants of their shattered selves, addiction is often the only thing left holding them together. One can only image then, how frightening it must be to give up this final means of protection.

These individuals are often broken into infinite pieces, and at the remnants of their shattered selves, addiction is often the only thing left holding them together. One can only image then, how frightening it must be to give up this final means of protection.

Change is scary for most people, but for a person suffering from addiction, the fears are much more intense because their feelings are far stronger than that of an average person.

My job is to help the individual find themselves and discover who they are outside of their addiction; someone they can learn to respect, like, and eventually love. Loving someone means wanting the very best for them, and thus self-love naturally leads to better choices for oneself.

While I myself have never struggled with addiction, I have had witnessed several of the people closest to me struggle with this relentless disease. This poignant experience has led me to understand that no matter how loved you are and regardless of how many times your loved ones beg you to change, willpower alone is simply not enough to fight the beast within—you must first find the courage to do whatever it takes to get better.

We will find that courage together, and we will nurture it until you are able to reclaim yourself, your life, and your relationships.

Together, we will raise your confidence and transform negative thoughts into positive affirmations that are conducive to a happy, fulfilled and successful life—because that is what everyone deserves, including you.

I can be reached at (805)404-1041.  Click here to read more about my biographical information.



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