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  • Addictions & Recovery

    Often, at the root of addiction is a fear of facing painful parts of life, aka reality. The addiction, abusive patterns, unhealthy use, or escaping behaviors might have started because of:

    • Trauma
    • Escape
    • Genetic Predisposition
    • Adventure Seeking
    • Social Connections
    • Your Environment & Upbringing

    There is a way out. Change is possible!

    We’re not here to judge or impose a particular view on you. Not all drinking or substance use is an addiction. An essential part of coming to therapy is to face this on your terms and understand what is happening with substance use or other forms of escapism (including binge-watching Netflix, mindless scrolling on social media, ‘shop’ therapy on Amazon, or stress eating). Regardless of how the unhealthy behavior developed or where you’re at in acknowledging its role, there is a way to make healthy, positive changes to your life.

    SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ADDICTION

    • Repeating something, regardless of how it interferes with your life.
    • Losing interest in other things you once found enjoyment in.
    • Being violent, irritable, angry, moody, or depressed.
    • Continued use, despite problems with your health.
    • Building up a tolerance where you want or need more of it.
    • Relationships being negatively impacted.
    • Cravings.
    • Using in a dangerous or risky situation.
    • Seeing adverse effects on eating habits, sleeping habits, and weight.
    • Feelings of sickness or shakiness when trying to quit your addiction.

    YOUR ADDICTION, ESCAPISM, OR UNHEALTHY BEHAVIOR MAY BE TO:

    • Alcohol
    • Drugs
    • Food
    • Gambling
    • Gaming
    • Love
    • Pornography
    • Sex
    • Shopping

    Exploring and facing the underlying issues through therapy can provide much-needed relief and support on your change and recovery journey.

    Another well-known recovery route—besides talk therapy—is the 12-step program. The most common one is AA (Alcoholics Anonymous), but there are similar 12-step programs, like:

    • SLAA (Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous)
    • NA (Narcotic’s Anonymous)
    • DA (Debtor’s Anonymous
    • CR (Celebrate Recovery)

    The purpose behind these is the same: to offer people a supportive path to recovery that changes their lives at its core.

    But programs are not for everyone, nor do they help everyone. There is no one size fits all approach for recovery, which is where the benefit of collaborative counseling comes in. We can work together to discover the best strategy for YOU and get you the results you really want.