Everyone encounters challenges in their lives.
Much of the time, we’re able to respond to the challenges on our own using the resources we have or have learned.
Much of the time, we respond fairly well, the challenge is resolved, and we move on with our lives.
Most of the time, that process works.
Sometimes it doesn’t.
Sometimes the strategies we’ve used in the past don’t work well for addressing the challenge we’re facing today.
Sometimes we are confronted by challenges we’ve never encountered before.
Sometimes the challenges are too intense.
Sometimes the challenges are too frequent.
Sometimes the challenges go on too long without any resolution.
That’s when it’s time to talk with a counselor.
When the challenges become too intense, too frequent, or go on for a long time without resolution,
we experience stress;
we experience anxiety or depression;
we encounter (or initiate) problems in our relationships at home or at work
When the challenges become too intense, too frequent, or go on for a long time without resolution, we look for ways to cope with, to relieve or escape the pain and feel good again.
Some will turn to alcohol, drugs, or other addictive behaviors.
If you or someone you care about is experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, other addictive behaviors, it’s time to talk with a counselor.
Talking with a counselor is not an admission that you’re weak. Talking with a counselor is a statement you’re ready to get stronger.