Silver Spring, MD Addiction Counseling – Alcohol, Sex, Drugs
Addiction is a complicated and not completely understood area of mental health. There a number of competing theories that attempt to explain the causes of addiction. It is clear, however, that there are numerous factors that lead to its development – a combination of genetics, family history and environmental conditions all have a role to play. Experts estimate that one’s genetics and family history account for 50% of the risk of becoming an addict, while the environmental factors account for the other 50%. It is not possible to address the genetic and the familial causes of addiction, consequently treatments such as addiction counseling focus on treating consequences relating to the environment of an addict.
There are two major subtypes of addiction – psychological, or mental, and physical. Psychological addictions stem from a mental compulsion to carry out the addictive behavior, one is driven to do so without control. Physical addictions, on the other hand, are essentially biological dependencies on particular substances – one’s body becomes so used to the presence of the addictive substance that if consumption is stopped, withdrawal symptoms ensue, often accompanied by dangerous side effects. These two subtypes of addiction regularly occur in conjunction with each other.
The physical aspects of addiction are addressed through a process of detoxification: an addict stops consuming the drug and progresses through the withdrawal symptoms until he or she is recovered. The psychological aspects, however, have to managed over a longer period of time. Once the addict has recovered from the physical dependency, he or she may still have to cope with a psychological addiction. This is the point at which treatments such as addiction counseling are particularly valuable. Addiction counseling aims to provide the addict with the tools and capabilities to cope with the mental triggers that may drive him or her to relapse into addiction.
Here at Thriveworks Silver Spring, MD we endeavor to create a welcoming and personalized environment to treat our patients. We recognize that there are no ‘one size fits all’ approaches to managing addiction and design our addiction counseling around our patients’ individual needs. Why not reach out to us now and book your first session with one of our expert addiction counselors.