“Sometimes you hear a voice through the door calling you, as a fish out of water hears the waves…This turning toward what you deeply love saves you.”
- Rumi (from A Voice Through the Door)
Therapy for Addictions
People struggle with addiction everywhere. People have drug addictions, pornography addiction, gaming addictions, alcoholism, spending addictions, eating addictions, etc.
These can develop naturally and effortlessly as we continue to use unhelpful coping strategies to numb our pain and suffering. Slowly our brains learn to crave these addictions, as we would crave things that we truly do need for survival.
Addictions therapy may benefit you…
…If you aren’t sure whether a habit is a problem, or addiction, or not.
Therapy can help you answer this question for yourself. The therapist’s role does not involve pulling you towards one perspective or another.
A therapist’s objective, especially when it pertains to addictions, is to support you in your evaluation process. They will make observations based on your own statements, reflect these back from an objective standpoint, and will answer any questions you have around addictions themselves.
A therapist will help you assess your own thoughts related to making a change, but you will be responsible for determining whether or not to change for yourself.
…If you know that you have an addiction but are unsure how to change.
Often when someone first recognizes a problem, it has already become so unmanageable that the prospect of changing feels incredibly overwhelming. A therapist can help you break down the problem into more manageable parts, that can be dealt with in smaller increments.
A therapist can also help you identify potential barriers to success and assist you with planning for these. When relapses occur, your therapist will not judge you, but will help you continue recovering again.
…If you are in recovery but want support in maintaining sobriety.
We are all vulnerable to falling into old habits whenever we are struggling to manage stress or are faced with strong emotions. Obviously, stress and emotions are inevitable.
Just like anyone else who may be looking to practice new patterns and ways of managing problems, those recovering from addictions can find needed support from a trusted and supportive therapist.
…If a loved one is struggling with addiction and it is impacting you.
Addictions affect many people, not just the person with the problem.If someone you love is struggling with addiction, you likely could use some professional support. Do not bring your loved one to therapy with you.
Therapy is needed to help you remember and practice taking care of you, rather than sacrificing your needs or saving others from the consequences of their addictions. If you are struggling with these issues, please reach out for support.
Addictions therapy may help you:
- Construct Meaning Around Your Experiences
- Discover Alternative Ways of Meeting Needs
- Explore Ambivalent Feelings
- Find New Purpose in Your Life
- Forgive Yourself and Others
- Heal From Traumas
- Identify Motivations to Change
- Learn How Your Brain Will Need to Heal
- Manage Stress and Infuse Balance in Your Life
- Overcome Pornography Addiction
- Repair Relationships