What Helps with Addictions

Posted On: September 20, 2022

What Helps with AddictionsI have been taking supervision sessions with an addictions specialist as this is an area I want more knowledge around.

We discussed the following that can help clients with addictions:

1. CBT

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behavior and emotions.

2. Disease Model + AA + * role of community/ fellowship and connection

Disease model, addiction is a brain disease. It is characterized by altered brain structure and functioning. These brain abnormalities cause persons with this disease to become addicted to substances or activities, once exposure to these substances or activities occurs. This model considers addiction irreversible once acquired.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who come together to solve their drinking problem.  It doesn’t cost anything to attend A.A. meetings. There are no age or education requirements to participate. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about their drinking problem.

3. Harm Reduction Model

Harm reduction is an umbrella term for interventions aiming to reduce the problematic effects of behaviors. Most frequently associated with substance use, harm reduction also applies to any decisions that have negative consequences associated with them

4. Cycle of Change

The “stages of change” or “transtheoretical” model is a way of describing the process by which people overcome addiction. The stages of change can be applied to a range of other behaviors that people want to change, but have difficulty doing so, but it is most well-recognized for its success in treating people with addictions.

5. Cost-Benefit Analysis

Become aware of the negative consequences of their behaviours as well as the rewards which engaging in those behaviours provide them. Addressing each of these two aspects of cost-benefit analysis can make a significant difference in helping you stop engaging in unwanted behaviours.

6. Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.

While mindfulness is something we all naturally possess, it’s more readily available to us when we practice on a daily basis.

This quote was shared:

“People jeopardize their lives for the sake of making the moment livable. Nothing sways them from the habit—not illness, not the sacrifice of love and relationship, not the loss of all earthly goods, not the crushing of their dignity, not the fear of dying. The drive is that relentless.” – Gabor Maté

This story might be useful to some:

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

I always get a lot of questions around sex addition and porn addictions. This is something I’ve talked about often and you can find my previous posts here.

If you have sexuality and relationship concerns, do reach out to me. If I am not the person for you, I will refer you on. Do get in touch. 🙂

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