Clinical Addictions Counseling
Each year, millions of people around the world are afflicted by addictions. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the addiction rates in the U.S. are rising. In addition to substance addictions, millions of others suffer from disordered eating and food addictions. At the same time, very few people get the help that their addictions require because of a huge gap in treatment.
If you are suffering from a substance or food addiction or disordered eating, help is available to you. While it may seem overwhelming, it is possible for you to experience the change that you want and need.
What is Addiction?
When you or someone who you love continues using drugs despite the fact that you would like to stop but find yourself unable to do so, you are addicted. Your urge for your preferred substance may be overwhelming and hard to control even if you realize that it is causing you harm. This is because addiction is a disease of the brain.
Over time, drugs make changes in the brain. While you may have started taking drugs in order to feel better, eventually you may find yourself taking them so that you can feel normal. Use of drugs and alcohol can have the following effects:
Change how your brain works
Reduce your ability to experience pleasure
Change your personality and behavior
Cause memory loss
Reduce your ability to solve problems or focus
Make it more difficult for you to make decisions
Cause you to act irrationally
Impact your ability to manage stress & anxiety
For some people who are suffering from addictions, the drugs or alcohol may become more important to them than sleeping or eating. They might also lead to people doing things that they would otherwise find to be wrong, including lying or stealing in order to support their addictions. Fortunately, psychotherapy can help you to regain control of your life and move past your addiction.
Psychotherapy for Clinical Addictions
The American Psychological Association has outlined a number of ways that psychotherapy best helps people who are suffering from clinical addictions. According to the APA, the strongest evidence-based clinical addiction treatments include cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and contingency management.
By combining these approaches, our counselors may help you manage the difficulties you will face as you recover. Although it may seem difficult, recovering from a substance abuse disorder is within your reach and is possible with substance abuse counseling and support.
How Psychotherapy Can Treat Clinical Addiction
When you go through substance abuse counseling, we will work together to help you to recognize destructive behaviors and thoughts so that you are better able to avoid them. This may involve identifying the triggers that you have that make you crave drugs, alcohol or nicotine so that you can avoid them.
Motivational interviewing helps you to re-frame your thinking so that you can understand how you are currently living versus how you would like to be living in the future. Structured contingency management may help you to get and remain clean by incentivizing positive choices and behaviors.
Benefits of Substance Abuse Therapy
As a clinical addictions counselor, it is my goal to help you to understand what initiated your addiction and what continues to drive it. We will then work together to determine what can be done to help you to break free from the addiction cycle. When you have a substance abuse disorder, it may be a symptom of an underlying problem. Because of this, we will work to uncover the root of the problem and then devise strategies to help you get past your addiction and into remission.
The role that friends and family members play is very important. We work closely with them to help them to learn supportive strategies that they can use to help their loved ones regain health.
If you or your loved one needs a referral to a higher level of care or a structured treatment setting, we collaborate with area treatment providers. It isn’t too late to begin the journey on your road to recovery. Contact Personal Evolution LLC at 215.469.1155 so that we can get started.
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