We think it is important for clients, professionals, and the community to get to know the staff at Life of Purpose. Meet Laura Ames. As a primary therapist, she plays a vital role in helping our clients achieve their academic goals while recovering from substance use disorder. Laura develops individualized treatment plans for each client, while coordinating aftercare plans with their families and the clinical staff. She works with families to help them understand how to support, not enable, their loved ones. During her therapy sessions, Laura uses cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive reframing, and dialectal behavior therapy.
In this post, she offers relapse prevention tips as well as insight into her position here at LoP.
Tell us a little bit about your role here.
I am a primary therapist who works with clients and their families to assist both parties in their recovery journeys while educating them on how addiction is a family disease. I facilitate groups, individual and family therapy sessions, and work with the clinical team in treatment planning.
What do you love the most about your job?
My favorite part of the job is to go to the alumni meeting and see clients pick up their yearly medallions. It is heartwarming to remember the struggle that they went through, and the work that they put in to achieve the life in sobriety that they were hoping for – and maybe even didn’t believe was possible.
Tell us something about yourself most people don’t know.
I love Game of Thrones.
Do you have any tips for someone who is struggling with their recovery?
Take the suggestions, even if you don’t believe that they will help. Trust the process and give it time.
Do you have any tips for family members who have a loved one in active addiction or in recovery?
Work your own program of recovery so that you can learn how to support your loved one and ensure that you aren’t enabling any negative behaviors.
Do you have any relapse prevention tips?
Develop a strong support network who will hold you accountable and get involved with things that you are passionate about. Try to identify and avoid people, places, and things that trigger you. Learn how to set boundaries and don’t stop working on self-growth.
To learn more about the staff at Life of Purpose, visit our staff page.