Addiction And Recovery
If you have lost control of aspects of your life as a result of addictive behavior (with or without drinking and substance abuse), therapy and recovery coaching might be helpful in both achieving and maintaining sobriety. Compulsive behaviors and addictions might have provided confidence, control, and emotional validation, in the beginning but more than likely led to loss of control and the behavior may not stop until the root of the problem is addressed. In some cases daily recovery coaching might be necessary in order to achieve and maintain recovery in the beginning.
Addiction changes the brain through the limbic system, also known as the “brain reward system.” This part of the brain is responsible for producing feelings of pleasure and will manifest thoughts such as, “I deserve this,” or “Let’s do that again.” The abuse of addictive substances and behaviors triggers this system which can prolong a continuous cycle of destructive behavior.
Common addictions include but are not limited to:
- Drug or alcohol abuse
Seek Professional Assistance
People who have developed an addiction may be unaware that it is out of control, which is why counseling is an essential part of working through and managing this condition. An addiction of any sort can be exhausting and one should never go through the recovery process alone.
Many treatment plans focus on talk therapy and behavior therapy and can be performed in a group or through one-on-one sessions. During these sessions, patients analyze the reasons behind their addiction(s), what triggers are and what helped them control impulses in the past. Patients also learn coping skills so they can manage the compulsions without relapsing.
If you or someone you know would benefit from Addiction and Recovery services, feel free to call me at (508) 419-7882.