Looking to learn more about addiction counseling and the options available for you or a loved one? Are you concerned you might have an addiction and you want to know more about addiction counseling and recovery?
In today’s article, we’ll talk about:
- What is Addiction Counseling?
- Am I an Addict?
- Four Types of Addictions & Counseling Options
- Addiction Counseling and Long-Term Recovery
What is Addiction Counselling?
Addiction counseling is a specialized form of therapy designed for individuals dealing with physical, mental and emotional addictions.
Addiction counseling is a key recovery tool for individuals that are on their way to wellness and want to make sure they stay that way. There’re many stressors that come after you recover from an addiction. Some of these stressors are physical withdrawals, environmental triggers or emotional episodes.
An addiction counselor provides intentional therapy and a clinical support structure for people living life after surviving an addiction. Since you never completely eliminate the craving for an addictive substance or activity, addiction counseling is absolutely necessary for a person to deal with the long-term effects of addiction.
Am I an Addict?
Figuring out whether or not you have an addiction can be a difficult and humbling experience. Sometimes, it takes a traumatic, life-altering experience for a person to realize they have an addiction. Other times, it takes an intervention from friends and family before you have your wake-up call.
What can you do if you suspect you have some type of addiction? Start by taking an honest self inventory and asking yourself the following questions:
- Do you use drugs or medications for purposes other that their prescribed use?
- Do you obsess with a certain substance or activity?
- Are you unable to function without indulging in this substance or activity?
- Do you compromise your safety or well-being in order to obtain this substance or engage in this activity?
- Have you lost friendships or other relationships after your substance use or addictive activities?
- Have you gotten into trouble at work because of this substance or activity?
- Has your health degraded or your lifestyle gotten worse since engaging in this activity or taking this substance?
- Do you tell lies to other people or yourself about your substance use or your activities in order to cover them up?
- Are you willing to break the law in order to satisfy your need for these substances or activities?
- Have you tried to stop using or break yourself from these activities, but you find yourself too weak to do it?
- Have you thought, now or in the past, that you may have an issue with drugs, alcohol, sex or any other addictive activity?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, schedule an appointment with a therapist or addiction counselor. While only you can decide when it’s time to get help, you also know whether or not you need it. Don’t wait until it’s too late – get help for your addiction while you’re still in control.
Four Types of Addictions & Counselling Options
It’s possible for an individual to become physically or psychologically addicted to almost anything. Here are four commonplace addictions and the addiction counseling options available.
- Drug Addiction. If an individual uses narcotics or unprescribed medications for the sole purpose of getting high, they may have a drug addiction. Substance based addictions have severe physical side effects, including withdrawals and the adverse health effects the drug have on the users body. Mentally, users coming off a drug addiction may find themselves bored, irritable or generally unhappy with life. Addiction counselors help drug addicts find healthy replacement behaviors and may prescribe medicine to mitigate the physical pains of withdraw.
- Alcohol Addiction. Alcoholism may be the most prevalent addiction in the world. Alcoholics drink daily, any time during the day, and they don’t let anything stop them from getting drunk. Many alcoholics don’t even like the feeling of being intoxicated – but they enjoy disconnecting from their everyday lives. Addiction counselors use twelve step programs and other measures of sobriety to help alcoholics stay away from booze.
- Sex Addiction. Sex addicts have a hyperactive sex drive, will put themselves in dangerous situations just to have sex and/or will risk their health and well being in order to have sex. People with sexual addictions are more prone to other dangerous activities, like infidelity, substance abuse and unprotected, anonymous sex. Sexual addiction counselors help addicts figure out why they use sex as a coping mechanism. Counselors help sex addicts identify their pain and discover a healthier sex life.
- Porn Addiction. Of the nine-million Americans to struggle with some form of sexual addiction, much of them are addicted to pornography. Poronography addicts receive most or all of their sexual pleasure from pornography and masturbation. They may be unable to maintain a healthy sexual and/or emotional relationship with a partner. Addiction counselors can help break the control pornography addiction has on a person with intentional, structured therapy and counseling.
Addiction Counselling and Long-Term Recovery
Staying sober is a long-term commitment. You can’t just leave a therapy program or half-way house and never expect to encounter temptation again.
Addiction counseling is like aftercare for people recovering from addiction. The counseling reinforces healthy coping skills. It reminds addicts in recovery about good decision making and why they want to stay sober. Addiction counseling provides a strategy for what to do if you’re worried about relapse.
If you need help conquering your addiction, or you’re looking for addiction counselors that can help you stay on the road to recovery, contact LifeWorks. We specialize in treating sexual and emotional addictions. We’re also trained and qualified to treat people with alcohol and substance addictions, as well as other mental conditions.
The first step is realizing you need help breaking from your addiction. The second step is getting the help you need. Then, it’s all about managing your long-term recovery with addiction counseling. Let the therapists, counselors and staff at Lifeworks help you achieve and maintain complete wellness. Contact us for a free consultation.