Addiction And Recovery

Addiction And Recovery Addiction is a complex problem with biological, psychological, sociocultural and spiritual dimensions. A comprehensive evaluation will determine the best approach to treatment and recovery. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to immediately address the substance use problem is available including buprenorphine, naltrexone, Antabuse®, and for smoking cessation. A Comprehensive Treatment plan will be developed to include your family, support network, work and personal needs. Initial evaluation will look into detail regarding past issues with relapse and poor success, the role of life traumas, spirituality, and your specific goals for treatment. Psychotropic medications such as antidepressants and mood stabilizers will be considered if appropriate.  

Addiction changes the brain through the limbic system, also known as the emotional and "brain reward system." This part of the brain is responsible for managing emotions and producing feelings of pleasure and will manifest thoughts such as, "I deserve this," or "Let’s do that again." The abuse of addictive substances and behaviors triggers this system which can prolong a continuous cycle of destructive behavior.

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Addiction also has impact on your self-worth (self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-competence) and dignity (making choices with reason, empathy/compassion, and courage) as part of your spiritual core. Exploration of the spiritual part of addiction and addiction recovery restores faith in yourself, others and the life process

Common addictions include but are not limited to:

  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Gambling
  • Internet
  • Shopping
  • Food

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Seek Professional Assistance

People who have developed an addiction may be unaware that it is out of control, which is why counseling is an essential part of working through and managing this condition. An addiction of any sort can be exhausting and one should never go through the recovery process alone.

Many treatment plans focus on talk therapy and behavior therapy and can be performed in a group or through one-on-one sessions. During these sessions, patients analyze the reasons behind their addiction(s), what triggers are and what helped them control impulses in the past. Patients also learn coping skills so they can manage the compulsions without relapsing.

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