About Emerge

About Emerge

Only those who have emerged from the darkness themselves can walk back in to guide others out and into the light.

That is what we are here to do.

The Emerge Center for Addiction Recovery is the result of my own decades-long battle with substance abuse and eventual journey from dope to hope. I spent years searching for solutions in every avenue I could think of. I went to treatment, talked with a psychiatrist, tried couples counseling, and attended A.A. No matter what direction I went, though, I felt failed by the very people who were supposed to help me.

My growing sense of denial drove me deeper into drug use and further from the truth. My addiction had me in its teeth for years until one morning when I woke up after what would be my last 3-day bender, knowing I couldn’t take it for even one more day. The substances that once brought comfort and relief now left me with confusion and wreckage. I’d reached the end of my rope and was finally out of options.

Instead of feeling backed into a corner, though, I felt a sense of peace I hadn’t known in years. That’s the feeling I want to help your loved one and your family reach. It’s the point where they realize their solution is no longer effective. It’s an uncomfortable and unfamiliar place to be but it’s also the foundation for finally escaping the cycle of addiction.

 Addiction and alcoholism are complex, progressive conditions that require ongoing support to overcome. The Emerge Center for Addiction Recovery grew from my own process of navigating the way through the waters of early sobriety. There’s no single track to sobriety and the path looks a little different for everyone.

Through my own relationships with my family, I grew to recognize that everyone plays a role in recovery. There are parts to heal in every individual, from the addict or alcoholic to each member of the family. The Emerge Center for Addiction Recovery is here to help your family chart the course to wellness that works best for you and support you every step of the way.

— Jake Le Clair

Signs of Substance Addiction

If this sounds like your loved one, it may be time to start looking for the specific signs of substance addiction. Addiction is actually recognized by medical professionals as a legitimate condition called substance use disorder. According to experts, substance use disorder is a progressive condition characterized by use that gets worse over time.

Some of the signs that a person has a problem with their drug use include:

  • Taking larger amounts of drugs or using drugs for a longer period than initially planned
  • Struggling to control, cut back on, or quit using drugs despite multiple attempted efforts
  • Spending excessive amounts of time trying to obtain drugs, use drugs, or recover from their effects
  • Craving, meaning a strong, overwhelming desire or urge to use drugs
  • Failing to fulfill responsibilities or obligations at work, school, or home as a result of drug use
  • Continuing to use drugs despite the problems they cause or exacerbate with personal relationships
  • Limiting or giving up on social or recreational activities that were once important to use drugs instead
  • Ending up in risky or dangerous situations as a result of drug use, often repeatedly
  • Developing or exacerbating physical or mental health conditions due to drug use but continuing to use anyway
  • Forming a tolerance, meaning diminished effects when using the same amount, or needing to use more to achieve the desired effects
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not using drugs, or using drugs to relieve or eliminate withdrawal symptoms

Experts separate substance use disorders into three categories: mild, moderate, and severe. The severity of your loved one’s condition depends on how closely their behavior aligns with the signs above. 

Quickly assess your loved one’s behavior and determine whether their use meets these criteria. How many symptoms do they show in their drug use? The National Institute on Drug Abuse recommends seeking help for even mild cases of substance use disorder – is it time for your loved one to get help?

Passion to Support Mothers

I support mothers who have teen or adult children struggling with addiction.   Does this describe you? It is my deep desire to help with this unique challenge of getting your child sober and helping them STAY SOBER. 

Many parents are desperate because they have tried multiple other strategies, but none have worked to have their loved one STAY SOBER.  If this has been your experience, you need a professional navigator to help guide you and your child to success. 

Ready to learn more? Schedule an introductory call today and let us know how we can help.