How Counseling Could Help You Overcome Your Addiction

Posted By: on May 21, 2020
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For most thinking about addiction, alcohol and drugs will be at the forefront of their minds, but while it’s certainly true that millions of Americans have uncontrollable dependency’s upon alcohol or drugs, they’re not the only addictions crippling US citizens:

A startling 1 out of every 8 Americans has a destructive addiction to something that is hampering their ability to lead a normal life. The statistics for this are scarce, and mainly because destructive habits are not currently recognized or classified as addiction… but most of us know at least one person who is struggling to control something in their life. Among the most common addictions aside from alcohol and drugs are gambling, smoking, sex, food, the internet and even work. 

Life on its own, minus any addictions, can be extremely challenging for many of us, and there may be multiple times in our lives when we might benefit from some form of therapy, such as counseling.

Whether we’re experiencing relationship problems, bereavement or difficulties dealing with a traumatic past, it often feels good to talk to someone outside of our circle of family and friends about the difficulties we’re facing, and therapists and counselors have many methods and tools at their disposal, to help us cope with the problems we’re facing. Counselors are trusted individuals who instead of judging us, help us to find rational and reasoned solutions to our problems, all the while encouraging us to become more self-aware and self-confident.

If you’re addicted to something that is inhibiting your ability to lead a fulfilling and contented life, then seeking help from a counselor could help you learn to deal with your destructive behavior and find ways to leave your addiction in the past.

How counseling could help you overcome your addiction:

More than a physical dependency upon something, even if you have previously managed to keep your addiction under control, there may be many powerful psychological and social factors that can trigger it, and these can include visiting a neighborhood or place, stress caused by a recent event in your life or spending time with people who have a similar addiction.

Any one of these factors can cause strong, overpowering urges causing you to feed your addiction, whatever it may be, and without some form of counseling, those cravings and desires can be extremely difficult to control.

What type of counseling might work best for you?

A lot will depend not only upon your type of addiction, but upon your personality and circumstances, and meeting with a counselor to discuss your problems and what you hope to gain from therapy is the best way to begin. Your counselor will assess your needs, talk openly with you about whether you might also require medical intervention (some medications may be necessary depending upon your type of addiction), and together, you can formulate a plan of action that will soon see you learning more about yourself, your triggers and any underlying issues that might be causing you to seek solace in an activity that is having a negative impact upon your life. 

No addiction should control your life, but if you’re struggling to overcome uncontrollable desires that are threatening to harm you and those around you, please seek help from a qualified counselor.

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