I am unemployed and reluctant to seek therapy, but I know I need help, what can I do?
My name is Elaina and I am a licensed clinical social worker who has over 20 years of experience in working with people who are struggling with cannabis abuse as well as problems with mood and anger outbursts. It sounds like this has been a difficult decision to reach out for help and I agree that it takes a lot of courage to seek help. Some times it can feel overwhelming to start the process and take the first steps. My role is to help support you in a judgement free zone as we together figure out treatment and treatment options. I'm glad that you are reaching out for support to help you maintain sobriety as well as a clear mind. I would like to have more information from you to help me have a better picture of what is going on and how long this has been going on. I am curious as to what stressors are going on in your life that may be causing you so much distress such as relationship issues, financial stressors or past trauma. I will need to ask you questions about patterns of your mood swings, sleep, appetite, energy levels to help me figure to what may be causing the delusions and mood swings. As well as questions about your cannabis use-for example what do you like about it and what are reasons for your use. It is common for substance use and mood issues to go hand in hand as one tries to cope with stress.
Hopefully this response put you at ease. This writing forum is new to me and is taking me a little bit to figure out what to say. BetterHelp is open to a writing forum as well as live telehealth sessions. I am open to what works best for you and your comfort level or schedule. I will be able to check for any written responses on a daily basis. My availability to meet live online should be posted to see if that coincides with your schedule.
I look forward to meeting and talking with you.