Addiction Therapy

Experienced Addiction Therapist in Portland Oregon

Truth: Recovery is not black and white. There’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to addiction, even though you might feel that way. 


That’s because traditional recovery programs focus on the substance or behavior, rather than the person. Substance abuse is only a symptom of a larger problem, a coping mechanism we’ve evolved into as our world changes. 

Addiction is not a disease. Put simply, addiction is a direct response to trauma. It’s not a choice or a weakness. But it is something you can choose to walk away from.

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To do that, you have to understand the source of your trauma. Trauma can happen to a person in lots of different ways, including but not limited to:

  • Racism

  • Sexism

  • Domestic abuse

  • Religious abuse

  • Sexual abuse

  • Identity-based discrimination

  • Systemic oppression

  • Social stigma

  • Microaggressions 

  • Violence

Most people recovering from addiction are also dealing with a deep sense of abandonment. Friends, family, and even community may feel far away from you right now. Even those offering you a “safe space” may fall short in practice. 


I believe recovery includes:


  • Harm reduction techniques

  • Psychedelic integration

  • Prescription medication (including Antabuse, Naltrexone and Suboxone)

  • Services outside of 12-step models

  • Relapse

My approach is one that focuses on giving you a truly safe space to unpack your traumas. Everyone needs their own way to recover, and my goal is to help you find yours. 

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The Intersection of Addiction and the LGBTQIA+

Human is My Label

An open and honest conversation with me (Jenny Youngberg) about the intersection of equity, addiction and the LGBTQIA+ community. Hosted by Emily Purry.