How to Overcome Addiction – Therapists and Coaches in Columbia, MD
Alcohol and hard drugs are often perceived as some of the most common objects of addiction in modern society. The truth is, however, more complex – people can develop an addiction to many types of substances and behaviors, some of which are entirely harmless when consumed or done in moderate amounts (e.g. chocolate, shopping).
Addiction is a condition as a result of which a person develops a compulsion to ingest a substance or to undertake an activity despite its physically, psychologically and socially harmful effects. Scientific literature defines two major types of addiction: physical and psychological. Physical addictions, for example hard drug or alcohol dependencies, come as a result of one’s body becoming incapable of functioning normally without the substance. Once the substance is no longer consumed, an addict will experience painful and at times dangerous withdrawal symptoms (e.g. tremors, sweating, hallucinations).
Psychological addictions, on the other hand, revolve around the perceived need to take the addictive substance or engage in the addictive activity. In case of a workaholic, for example, work may become the central focus of his or her life, to an extent that the ability to control the behavior and the thoughts surrounding it is lost. Addiction counseling can be particularly effective at helping addicts manage these behaviors and thoughts.
What Can Cause An Addiction?
As with many medical conditions, causes of addiction are very complex. A combination of genetics, family history and environmental factors can increase one’s chances of developing an addiction at some point in life. Estimates reveal that one’s genes and family background account for 50% of the risk of becoming an addict, whilst environmental factors, for example being exposed to addictive behaviors in one’s close surroundings, account for the other 50%.
Treating addiction may prove difficult for many, as it is not just a simple matter of taking a medicine or a vaccine. A talk-based addiction therapy for an extended period of time may be necessary to help the patient deal with the mental aspects of addiction. Physical dependency can be in some cases easier to manage than the psychological addiction. Following a period of detox an addict may be free of the physical addiction, but will continue to experience recurrent psychological desire to use, take or do whatever he or she is addicted to. Addiction counseling is therefore a powerful method, helping the affected individual manage his or her urge to reach back for the addictive substance or activity.
At Thriveworks Columbia we strive to create a personalized treatment plan for every addicted patient. In this manner we try to ensure that our clients’ individual needs are met in the best way possible. Please, do not hesitate to contact us today to book your first addiction counseling session with one of our experienced therapists.