The key to taking control back lies in coming to understand what "hole" the addiction is filling. This takes a willingness to look at yourself and the trauma in your past.. In working with addictions we found that many clients don't realize that they have experienced trauma, but it is usually there somewhere in the past or present. To fight addiction, we have to get to the root issue and then the healing can begin.
We meet our clients where they are comfortable. We push just enough to begin to make changes and progress from there. We will look at triggers, develop coping skills, work on relapse prevention, learn about the theories of addiction, educate loved ones about the disease, explore feelings and work through the grief of giving up the addiction, the guilt and shame associated with past actions and look towards solutions and a brighter future.
Addiction can rear its ugly head in so many forms. Alcoholism, drug abuse, eating disorders, hoarding, sex, pornography, smoking, Internet, gambling… The list goes on.
According to the ASAM, “Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.”
Furthermore, an addiction is defined as a “primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.”
Why can't you just quit? How many times have you or a loved one said those words. It seems like a simple solution, but addiction is a complex problem. What once was a choice, is now a compulsion.
What starts out as fun becomes a burden. The person suffers, the family suffers and still it goes on. The addiction soon becomes the most important thing in the addict’s life, more important than food, shelter, even life itself.