Much like anxiety, the mechanism behind addiction is a survival defence. In this case, the goal of the defence is escape from unpleasant feelings. Since addiction is associated with survival, the brain and body's desire to maintain the addiction is strong. The greater the perceived "reward", the more difficult it will be to change or redirect the addiction.
All people are addicted to something, both positive and negative. If we view addiction as a disease, we deny our responsibility for developing control. If we treat it as a behavior problem, we deny the psychological role. Therefore, treatment for addiction is 2-fold.
Symptoms of Addiction include:
- Changes in appearance
- Lack of hygiene
- Changes in appetite
- Anxiety symptoms
- Financial distress
- Secretive behavior
- Changes in personality
- Volatile moods
It is important to treat addiction as soon as possible as the longer it is permitted to function, the more deeply entrenched it becomes in the body, making treatment more resistant and unpleasant.
Treatment for Addiction is 2-Fold:
- Learn to work with and tolerate the uncomfortable sensations of life
- Build competence that leads to better options and an increased sense of worth.
Very often, unresolved trauma is both a causative and sustaining factor in addiction. We are acutely acquainted with the distress of addiction and how it impacts entire families. We have designed programs specifically for the treatment of addiction. Book online today.