Chronic stress releases an abundance of damaging chemical and plays havoc with our thinking process and our bodily functions. It creates "messy thinking" and impacts our family life, our work and social life and our physical/mental health. We are not at our best in a worried, fretful state. For some people, when substances are added to the equation the long term prognosis becomes dire.
We do not necessarily need to regurgitate the pain of the past to get to a present place that feels resourceful, vibrant and successful.
Most people who identify themselves as addicts or problem drinkers/users need a new tools and strategies that allow them to quickly alter mindset and "straighten up" thinking, whether or not they have made the decision to quit using.