Many therapeutic approaches, including cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic therapy, can benefit people suffering from addiction. Addiction therapy helps clients to overcome their addiction and find healthy ways to cope with the problems.
Addiction therapy will also treat any underlying issues that may be contributing to an addiction. Addiction therapy can help people suffering from many types of addiction, including drug addiction, alcohol addiction, gambling addiction, sexual addiction, and Internet addiction.
Causes of addiction
Addictions can form for many reasons. Some substances (drugs, alcohol and nicotine) affect the way you feel physically and mentally. When you gain enjoyment from these feelings it can create a strong desire to use the substances again. Other types of addiction can form from mental “euphoria” related to the activity such as winning in gambling or stealing. This mental “high” causes a strong urge to repeat the activity and experience the same feeling again. In both situations the desire to repeat an activity can become a habit. When a habit forms it can become incredibly hard to stop which can leads to addiction.
Another aspect of having an addiction is that stopping or quitting the habit can cause withdrawal symptoms. These withdrawal symptoms can be physically and mentally unpleasant which makes continuing the habit and giving in to your craving seem easier.
How addictions affect you
Attempting to manage an addiction can seriously damage your work life and relationships. With addictions relating to substance misuse the addiction may have serious psychological and physical effects on the person addicted. Often an addict uses their addiction as a shield against difficult issues or emotions. Various factors can trigger addictions such as emotional or professional pressure, unemployment and poverty.