Addiction usually progresses to touch every part of our lives: our physical health, the ability to take care of ourselves, our moods, our self-esteem, our ability to make choices and feel empowered in our lives, our relationships, our jobs, our finances etc.
The ways in which it affects so many parts of our lives explain why it is so hard to overcome an addiction on our own. Often times, we need help to break the cycle and find ways to turn things around in all areas of our life.
Therapy can help you break your isolation and give you a space that can be a starting point where together, we can help you work on both immediate strategies to deal with your cravings, and long-term work to help you maintain the changes you have started to put in place in your life. I can help you face the underlying issues that are preventing you from enjoying your life and find ways to make your life more fulfilling and satisfying than when you were using! To be happier with your life without using is the best relapse prevention strategy!
More specifically, in therapy, we can work together to help you:
On the short-term: understand the role of body memory in addiction
Understand cravings and develop strategies to cope with them
Identify high-risk situations and develop a plan to avoid relapse in such contexts
Learn how to be assertive and say no
Develop a support network and learn how to use it effectively
On the long-term: address underlying issues
Build your motivation and learn how to keep it going in the long-term
Identify underlying issues
Reconnect with your own body and learn to deal with your feelings and emotions without using
Learn how to cope with negative thoughts
Learn how to focus on what you can change and let go of what you can’t change
Develop trust in yourself and others
Develop healthy relationships
Identify your choices and feel empowered to make them
Learn to reframe obstacles into challenges
Find meaning in your life
Important: Trauma and addiction
Many people with addiction issues have been victims of traumatizing events at some point in their lives. If this is relevant for you, working on both trauma and addiction is necessary to break the cycle and maintain changes in the long-term as trauma and addiction feed each other.
Click here for more information on trauma work.
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