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An addiction is a chronic disorder in which an individual is blinded by a substance, or engages in an activity, that gives them an immense amount of pleasure but has become detrimental to their everyday life. Compulsive behaviors and addictions can temporarily provide confidence, control, validation or other emotions lacking in one’s life, but the behavior may not stop until the root of the problem is addressed.
When does a behavior become a problem? According to the disease (medical) model of addiction, addiction is a progressive disease. A behavior becomes a very real risk when it starts to impact physical and emotional health, relationships and occupational functioning. Financial and legal challenges may also occur when addiction and compulsive behaviors become uncontrollable.
Addiction changes the brain through the limbic system, also known as the “brain reward system.” This part of the brain is responsible for 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.
Common addictions include but are not limited to:
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Internet, Social Media, Gaming, Porn
- Love & Relationships
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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 psychoeducation, talk therapy and behavior therapy. These interventions can be used in a group format or through one-on-one sessions. During these sessions, clients identify and analyze the reasons behind their addiction(s), what triggers are and what helped them control impulses in the past. Clients also learn accountability and coping skills so they can manage the compulsions without relapsing.