Addiction Is Treatable

 

If you are struggling with an addiction, you know that your life is not what you'd like for it to be. There is hope. Let me help you in your path towards health and

healing and out of feeling stuck, like your life is unmanageable, or hopeless. Addiction is a real issue. Let's talk! Let me help you learn how to better cope with addiction. As you begin to cope with addiction, use my handouts on Self Care and Soothing and Mindfulness to guide you. Also, here are a few facts about addiction and treatment for addiction.

 

Addiction is a compulsive dependence on a substance or a behavior that consistently causes negative life consequences. It is persistent, despite efforts to stop or vows

to never use or do it again  (no matter if expressly stated or unsaid). Addiction is cyclical, starting with feeling a difficult emotion, then preoccupying about the acting

out behavior, ritual, the acting out behavior, an immediate release, followed by feeling guilt or shame (which starts the cycle over).

 

There are two overarching types of addictions: substance addictions and process addictions. Substance addictions are addictions to substances/chemicals

(for example, to drugs or alcohol). Process addictions are addictions to an activity or process of doing something (for example, an individual can be addicted to

gambling, eating, gaming, or sexual activity). Many addicts are addicted to more than one substance or process.

 

The American Society of Addiction Medication (2010) describes addiction as a disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and brain circuitry, and

characterized by: 1. Inability to consistently Abstain, 2. Impairment in Behavioral control, 3. Craving; or increased “hunger” for drugs or rewarding experiences,

4. Diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships; and 5. A dysfunctional Emotional response.

 

I share this information about addiction as proof that  addiction is a real issue, and that you are not alone. Addiction thrives in secrecy, so you no one may know

about your addiction, and you may feel terrified to talk to a counselor. That's normal, but it's one of the best things you can do to treat your addiction.. It is theorized

that addiction is rooted in trauma, a negative sense of self, and difficult emotions, especially shame.  Counseling for addiction is most successful when  the

underlying issues are addressed.

 

Addiction is best treated in counseling and in solid support groups (Find a meeting). Let's talk. Schedule a session today and find help, healing, and hope.

 

References

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (2010). Public Policy Statement: Definition of Addiction. Retrieved from www.asam.org/quality-practice/definition-of-addiction

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