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.
Addiction rears its ugly head in so many forms. Alcoholism, drug abuse, eating disorders, hoarding, sex, pornography, smoking, Internet, gambling… The list goes on.
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.
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 my work with addictions I have found that many clients don't even realize that they have experienced any 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.
I try to meet the client 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.