Addictions are the obsessive and compulsive behaviors a person may use for self gratification.
A person may become an addict when overwhelmed by the realities of daily living. Addiction is dangerous and self-destructive and can result in impaired physical, social and psychological functioning for sufferers.
No one starts using a mood-altering, chemical substance or non-chemical substance with the intention of becoming addicted to it.
The progression of an addiction has three stages.
Daily and continuous use results in dependency which user experiences physical or psychological distress upon discontinuing use.
With treatment, addicted individuals enter a stage of recovery which they abstain from substance use and experience improved physical, social and psychological functioning.
Recovery is the process of initiating and maintaining abstinence from alcohol or other drug use. Making personal and interpersonal changes are vital in the success of recovery.
It is important for the practitioner to identify and assist the person seeking treatment, to identify his or her point in the desire for change.
Change to recovery will not be achieved if the individual is not ready.
Sometimes it can be extremely difficult to make that first move as addiction comes with severe cravings for the substance, stinking thinking thoughts that keeps one stuck and denial of how severe the addiction may be.
Located in Florida, in Jupiter and in Palm Beach Gardens, my approach includes helping the individual to identify triggers associated with the need for use of substance. We work together on unresolved core issues, poor coping skills, barriers to recovery, relapse prevention and the development of life skills.
Interventions and treatment used are EMDR, CBT, cognitive restructuring, identifying and implementing coping skills, family therapy, sober skills living, solution focused therapy, group therapy, Christian counseling, behavior modification, identifying positive self worth and promoting a positive sense of self.