Many believe that we can only eventually be addicted to substances which provide a physical change on the body and brain such as alcohol or drugs, yet many other activities have the potential to become addictions including obsessive gambling, compulsive shopping, using the internet persistently to access porn, and even compulsively having sex with strangers, massage parlors or prostitutes.
Psychotherapy Addiction can help you get your life around and show you the right path. When you engage in behaviors that make you feel joyous – such as a fun shopping spree, having the winning lotto ticket or having passionate sex with a new partner – the brain then releases those ‘feel-good’ chemicals, which motivate you to repeat those behaviors since it delivers such a predictable and enjoyable ‘high’.
That said, if searching for the ‘high’ has turned into an almost irresistible and very strong craving to use or engage with the substance or activity in spite of very negative, dangerous and harmful consequences it is actually having on your life as well as those close to you, then you probably are very likely to be dealing with a major addiction.
Regardless of what sort of addiction you are struggling with, it can most definitely take a severe and possibly grim toll on your psychological as well as your physical health. Symptoms are very likely to include panic attacks, depression, difficulties sleep, deteriorating relationships, obsessive-compulsive traits, declining work performance, and worsening financial problems stemming from your preoccupation with the substance or activity which is unfortunately increasing.
If your health and/or day-to-day functioning are affected, or if the addiction or activity takes up a great amount of money or time, then you may find addiction counseling and psychotherapy to be beneficial.
What is an psychotherapy addiction, counseling, and psychiatry?
Addiction counselors can assist you in identifying and understanding if you are dealing with addiction and may suggest entering Psychotherapy Addiction Counseling to assist you in controlling and hopefully eventually overcoming your addiction.
Therapy for addiction can assist you to take a serious look at the underlying causes that unleashed and maintained the vicious cycle and spot any possible triggers that may turn into a relapse. It can also assist you in dealing with any other psychological issues that may be co-occurring with your addiction such as depression, low self-esteem or anxiety. Additionally, it can help those around you that you care about to better understand and eventually deal with your addiction as well as grasp how to better support you while you recover and in keeping your sobriety in the future.
If your addiction is severe, you may also need to meet with a psychiatrist who treats addiction to diagnose, monitor and treat any mental health issues connected to it, and they can refer you to a rehabilitation center if a residential stay is recommended.
Dealing with your addiction – The Reconnect Relationship™ Psychotherapy Addiction
At Reconnect Relationship™ Therapy, Beverly Hills & Laguna Beach, CA, our therapists and psychologists work with all forms of addiction, and we have particular specialists with extensive training and experience in drug and alcohol treatment.
If you commit yourself to undergo a course of Psychotherapy Addiction Counseling, our expert therapists will work with you to help you understand the causes and process the accompanying thoughts, hurt feelings, and specific behaviors that have led you to it.
Working as a team, they will assist you in gaining the crucial self-understanding and insight you need to clearly identify what sparks your desire to follow your addiction, come up with effective strategies to cope with trigger situations, and design personalized methods of handling your withdrawal symptoms while you recover and choose a healthier path.
Receiving addiction counseling services at Reconnect Relationship™ Therapy, in Beverly Hills & Laguna Beach, CA
Harley Therapy’s network includes specialist therapists and psychiatry referrals offering addiction treatment and counseling in Beverly Hills and Laguna Beach, CA.
Call us for a chat to see how we can assist you with your addiction or someone you know who needs some help and support, or complete our Drop Us A Line form to make an appointment.