Addictions are frequently misunderstood and misjudged. It is now understood and accepted that addictions result from specific biological,and environmental precursors similar to other diseases. It is not a simple matter of choice for the many people with such afflictions, and as a result, much of the shame and guilt associated with addictions is both unnecessary and extremely counterproductive. We would never judge someone with diabetes as harshly as we do someone with an addiction. Usually associated with intoxicating substances like alcohol, opiates or marijuana, addictions also encompass non-substance related behaviors such as gambling, gaming, or collecting (also known as Process Addictions). The good news is that we are not completely helpless when it comes to addictions – we do have personal choice, and our choices once committed to are powerful.
Treatment for addictions works best on a multi-leveled, team approach. Therapy is usually only one aspect of a successful recovery. Depending on the severity of the addiction, and whether substances are involved, treatment might also include detoxification, inpatient rehabilitation, and/or 12-step based programs. Therapy around addictions works in conjunction with other methods to gain insight into the origins of addictive behaviors, most of which happened in early life, and then focuses that knowledge on specific strategies to maintain sobriety and control over day-to-day events. Not every intervention works for every person. Some might just need to talk things through. Some might need to go to the hospital. We can work with you to determine the most effective course of treatment.