A Better High, LLC
Personalized Addiction Recovery Services
L. Robert Veeder (He, him, his)
I have been involved with substance use disorders in some capacity since 1989, sometimes as a person struggling with addictions myself, sometimes as a patient, other times as a person in recovery; I have been in jails and institutions, and I have worked in inpatient and outpatient settings as an addiction therapist. When I started A Better High, LLC there were two things I wanted to accomplish. The first was that I wanted to offer a service that truly was “person centered”. That is, I wanted to work with clients to identify what they were hoping to get out of all of this, and then actively work towards helping them achieve those goals. Secondly, I wanted to help pull all of my own experiences and resources together in a way that might be useful or valuable to clients in uncovering their own paths. I believe in what I am doing, I really do. I believe that recovery itself offers so much joy and meaning and connection. I really believe that when we do this together with adventure and curiosity, with joy and equanimity, well, we really can’t miss, can we?
A Little About Me
I have an oddly great life. I mean, it’s really pretty amazing. It’s something that’s never lost on me. There were whole years of my life where I desperately hoped that I wouldn’t wake up the next day. I crouched hidden in my own lies and deceit, buried in my own addictions. It was pathetic. I wasn’t lying to people to protect myself; I was lying to protect the people that I loved. I didn’t want them to know just how bad it had gotten. I didn’t want them to know just how bad I had gotten!
These days I find myself sharing my story on stages in colleges and universities, middle and high-schools, radio and television programs, even among medical staff at hospitals. I’m often introduced as someone who has not only specialized in learning and understanding substance use disorders academically, but more than that as someone who has made their way out of the very depths of Hell itself and in that journey has developed a passion for helping others out as well.
No mud, no lotus.
“Most people are afraid of suffering. But suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower of happiness grow. There can be no lotus flower without the mud.