Addiction is so much more than a physical dependence on drugs. Addiction is also used for over-use of social media, porn and sexual behaviors, eating difficulties, and so on. If you or someone you know, suffers from addiction, it is important to do something about it. Addictions tend to come at a high price, not only to the individual suffering with the problem, but family and friends are often also hurt.
It is often -- though not always -- true that people with addictive behaviors, engage in them to avoid or numb difficulties in their past or present. In these cases, dealing with the underlying reasons, can help a person change their addictive habit.
Sometimes addictive behaviors start innocently enough, but take on a life of their own, slowly encroaching upon the persons ability to deal with them. The behavior may be more biologically based, where pleasure centers in the brain are triggered repeatedly, and get so reinforced that they become painful and very difficult to avoid. The long-term cost of the addiction may be financial, may be loss of relationships, may be loss of career, and they almost always come with a cost to the person's self-esteem and sense of mastery in the world.
Tools and Skills
In therapy you will learn how to utilize tools, skills and insight. Here you can learn how to solve problems in a more permanent and healthy way. We look at triggers, underlying causes, alternative patterns of habit, and establish new behavioral patterns through scheduling and assessments.
I recently wrote a blog entry including some tips around how to reduce overuse of social media. You can access it through the menu above, under Therapist blog.
If you have further questions about how treatment might help you or someone you care about, feel free to contact us at any time. Use the contact form on this page to ask a question or set up an initial consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.