Addictions are the obsessive and compulsive behaviors a person may use for self gratification.
Addiction Is Also About Avoidance of Painful Memories
A person may become an addict when overwhelmed by the realities of daily living. Addiction is dangerous and self-destructive and can result in impaired physical, social and psychological functioning for sufferers.
No one starts using a mood-altering, chemical substance or non-chemical substance with the intention of becoming addicted to it.
The progression of an addiction has three stages.
- The first stage starts with experimental and social use of drugs and alcohol.
- The second stage becomes the abuse where regular usage takes place alone rather than with friends.
- The third stage dependency and addiction takes flight.
Daily and continuous use results in dependency which user experiences physical or psychological distress upon discontinuing use.
Hope Is Not Lost
With treatment, addicted individuals enter a stage of recovery which they abstain from substance use and experience improved physical, social and psychological functioning.
Recovery is the process of initiating and maintaining abstinence from alcohol or other drug use. Making personal and interpersonal changes are vital in the success of recovery.
Stages of Change
It is important for the practitioner to identify and assist the person seeking treatment, to identify his or her point in the desire for change.
Change to recovery will not be achieved if the individual is not ready.
Sometimes it can be extremely difficult to make that first move as addiction comes with severe cravings for the substance, stinking thinking thoughts that keeps one stuck and denial of how severe the addiction may be.
Imagine Being Sober And Free From The Burden Of Drug Or Alcohol Addiction!
My approach includes helping the individual to identify triggers associated with the need for use of substance, underlining and unresolved core issues, poor coping skills, barriers to recovery, relapse prevention and developing life skills.
Interventions and treatment used are EMDR, CBT, cognitive restructuring, identifying and implementing coping skills, family therapy, sober skills living, solution focused therapy, group therapy, Christian counseling, behavior modification, identifying positive self worth and promoting a positive sense of self.