Are you continuing to engage in a behavior that is causing you harm?
Is there a behavior that you continue to engage in despite the negative impact on your relationships?
Has using substances become a way to cope with uncomfortable feelings? Do you dream about a life without relying on substances?
Are you already in substance use recovery and feeling overwhelmed by doing life without using substances?
Addiction is defined by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) as, “A treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction use substances or engage in behaviors that become compulsive and often continue despite harmful consequences.” Addiction is mostly associated with substances, however can be represented in any behaviors that individuals continue to engage in despite negative consequences. These behaviors can include continuing to overindulge in food, continuously being unfaithful in relationships and/or continuing to accumulate credit card debt.
When individuals make a decision to seek addiction therapy, we focus first on changing unhealthy patterns that contribute to the unwanted behavior and then focus on the underlying issues that contribute to the unwanted behavior.
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