Addiction is so much more than a physical dependence on drugs. Addiction also covers over-use of social media and porn, eating difficulties, and several others. If you or someone you know, suffers from addiction, it is imperative to get to the root of the problem so that behavior change can be long lasting.
It is often -- though not always -- true that people with addictive behaviors, engage in them to avoid or numb difficulties in their past or present. In these cases, dealing with the underlying reasons, can help a person change their addictive habit.
Under other circumstances, the behavior is more biologically based, where pleasure centers in the brain is triggered repeatedly, over a long period of time, and hence gets so reinforced that it becomes painful and very difficult to avoid, even when they come at a great cost. These costs may be financial, they may be loss of relationships, they may be loss of career, and they almost always come with a cost to the person's self-esteem and sense of mastery in the world.
Tools and Skills
In therapy you can learn how to utilize tools, skills and insight. Here you can learn how to solve problems in a more permanent and healthy way. We look at triggers, underlying causes, alternative habit patterns, and establish new behavioral patterns through scheduling and assessments.
I recently wrote a blog entry including some tips around how to reduce overuse of social media. You can access it through the menu above, under Therapist blog.
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