Addiction Counseling in Riverview, FL
With addiction, people use substances and can’t stop even when they want to. The urge is too strong to control, although they know it is causing them harm. When people start taking drugs or drinking alcohol, they don’t plan to get addicted—they like how the drug makes them feel and believe they can control how much and how often they will use the substance. Because these substances change the brain, it does not take long for them to need it just to feel normal, and it can quickly take over their lives. As with substance addiction (alcohol, prescription or over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, marijuana, cocaine), process addictions (food, the internet, sex) can be just as debilitating.
At Thriveworks in Riverview, FL addiction counseling and therapy, the professionals understand the suffering from substance abuse and process addictions, as well as the fact that they are chronic diseases like others, such as diabetes. Thriveworks’ therapists offer the tools and support to individuals with addictions, helping them find and maintain the road to recovery.
Addiction counseling and therapy at Thriveworks in Riverview, FL has helped clients discover different ways of thinking and healthy practices to replace the old habits of the addiction. Thriveworks’ therapists have expert knowledge of how drugs and other addictions affect the brain and have found treatments that can help individuals recover—and enjoy a well-rounded and meaningful life, and it starts here.
Each case of addiction will be explored with the help of a professional therapist who can guide individuals through tough times and seemingly insurmountable odds. Some common reasons for addiction are:
Available More than Ever
Prescription drugs, “street” drugs and alcohol are available more than ever. Prescription drugs can be accessed through doctors, online and on the streets. Teens, who often see high-risk behaviors as new forms of entertainment, can find drugs easier than parents may think. Adolescents are able to get drugs virtually anywhere—not solely from the “drug dealer” on the street corner. They are found in medicine cabinets at home, at a neighbor or friend’s house, from a friend of a friend and at schools and parties. From smoking marijuana to experimenting with pills to trying ecstasy, the consequences of this type of “entertainment” is very often addiction.
People from every background use substances to unwind at the end of the day or take prescription drugs to help them cope with the stresses of life. Many people suffer with undiagnosed depression or anxiety, reaching for alcohol, drugs or another vice to calm their nerves or relieve them from emotional pain, which is known as self-medicating. Rather than finding help to manage the depression or anxiety, they seek a solution of their own. The substances eventually complicate the issues and lead to even more pain.
Some individuals get rid of temporary pain by having a couple of drinks. Others use alcohol as “liquid courage” before attending a social event. For some, this behavior slips into dependency—and, eventually, the dependency slips into addiction. These individuals are not able to face an evening without the help of a substance, and their own healthy coping strategies begin to diminish through lack of use.
Gambling addiction is characterized by an inability to control impulses to gamble in spite of its detrimental effects on social, financial and psychological health. Also known as pathological or compulsive gamblers, they find a variety of ways to quench their appetite for gambling–at casinos, the races, sports, scratch cards, with bookies or online. Many gambling addicts initially turn to gambling as a way to ease stress or to fit in. Some people feel gambling is a way to earn large amounts of money without having to work. Gambling addiction, like substance addiction, leads to withdrawal symptoms when they quit.
When gambling goes from a fun diversion to an unhealthy preoccupation, it can strain relationships, interfere with work and lead to financial disaster. Many people do things they never would have imagined, such as steal money to gamble or pay debts. Whether they are broke or just won, happy or depressed, the person will gamble regardless of the consequences—even when they know the odds are against them or they can’t afford to lose.
These examples are only a few of the many reasons people turn to addictions. Whether the addiction is drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, the internet, food or shopping, there is help. Call Thriveworks in Riverview, FL at (813) 473-4663 to schedule a session or to find out more about how addiction counseling and therapy can help you get on the road to a healthier, stronger you. Thriveworks is located at 7206 Alafia Drive Riverview, FL 33578.