How to Overcome an Addiction – Counseling and Therapy in Watertown
Realizing that you’re an addict can be both the best and the worst thing in the world. That sounds odd to say, as what on earth is good about addiction? You have a situation where your life is taken over by alcohol or drugs, or where you’re completely in the thrall of pornography or gambling, and there is nothing remotely good about that. But if you realize that, then you’re a long way there to doing something about it, and to a Watertown addiction counselor, that’s one of the best things in the world. You’ve taken a step towards curing yourself.
How to Take That First Step
In order to take that step, you need to take stock and have a look for some telltale signs that might indicate that you have an addiction. These signs include, but are not limited to the following:
- Is your life consumed by your addiction to the point where it’s more important than your family, your livelihood, and your friends?
- Do you find yourself consuming more and more of what you’re addicted to in order to just stay “normal”? Has your tolerance level risen?
- Are you living more and more of a secret life, where your addiction is in one larger “box” and everything else is in a separate, smaller (and getting even smaller) “box”?
- Are you embarrassed or feel shame about your habit? Do you want to stop but just can’t?
The fact that you’re even asking these questions of yourself is a reason to congratulate yourself. If any of the answers to the above are “yes”, you’re probably an addict and it’s time to take the next step.
The Next Step
So, you’ve realized that you have an addiction problem and you don’t want to end up ruining your life and the lives of those that you love. You don’t want to end up alone, homeless, jobless, with no-one to care for you. You don’t want to die of an overdose or of a disease. You want to live. The next step towards living is professional help and therapy, and that is what a Watertown addiction counselor can offer, by providing:
- Group therapy with other addicts
- Individual therapy to get to the heart of your addiction and understand it
- Family therapy to guide you and your loved ones through the process of becoming addiction-free.
Therapy is the keystone of addiction treatment. Please call us to determine your counseling needs and to take those crucial steps towards wellness.