People often wonder how psychotherapy can help someone with substance abuse problems. The thing is, addiction is so much more than a physical dependence on drugs. If you or someone you know, suffers from addiction, it is imperative to get to the root of the problem so that sobriety can be long lasting. People sometimes drink or use drugs to numb themselves, to try to deal with difficult or painful emotions and memories. Getting sober and not having that habit to numb yourself with, can result in relapse.
In therapy, you can learn how to replace alcohol or other drugs with tools, skills and insight, and learn how to solve problems in a more permanent and healthy way than the alcohol or drug could ever do. In order to stay sober, it is important to know your triggers and how they impact your sobriety.
Therapy is crucial in pinpointing maladaptive thought-patterns that may have exacerbated your addictive behaviors and can further have caused you to become depressed or anxious. In therapy, we will also help you repair dysfunctional relationships and identify possible trauma or difficult past events. There is nothing easy about this process. It takes time and hard work. But it can be done.
If you have further questions about how treatment might help you or someone you care about, feel free to contact us at any time.
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