Posted by antigua3 on July 1, 2009, at 19:07:01
In reply to analyst seems to not be working, posted by deerock on July 1, 2009, at 15:52:02
Well, given how CBT has helped me with eliminating some self-destructive behaviors, I certainly couldn't advocate against it.
But there's another option that jumps out at me. You could quit pot and work with your analyst on why you feel like you have to smoke pot when you're dealing with someone who reminds you so much of your mother. Work on all the feelings that come forth that make you want to smoke. I think this would be a valuable exercise because it seems that you may think you're sabotaging your treatment by smoking pot.
But, you'll hear from many people that you can't deal with the underlying issues if you are dealing with substance issues. Some Ts think the substance has to go first, so maybe if you think you can't find a way to quit with your current analyst, then maybe you should try other modes. But it also has a sense, to me only, because I'm a master at this, of running because maybe things are tough. But then again, if you really feel you've given this your best shot, maybe you should go. Can you pinpoint when/why you started smoking pot again? Sometimes finding the trigger can help get things moving again.
I wasn't much help, was I? What does your analyst think about CBT?