What is Addiction?
Addiction is an inability to stop using a substance or engaging in a behavior even though it is causing psychological and/or physical harm.
Symptoms of Addiction
The following are common symptoms of addiction. However, nobody experiences addiction the same or has the same symptoms:
An inability to stop using a substance (like food, alcohol, etc)
Obsessing over the substance
Feeling like you need the substance to deal with life/problems
Continued use even though you have a desire to cut back or stop
Continued use even though it is causing problems in other areas of your life
How we treat Addiction
Motivational Interviewing is a conversation to strengthen a person's motivation to change. People often feel torn in two directions, about changing addictive behavior. We understand that if it wasn’t serving a purpose you wouldn't be doing it.
The Desensitization of Triggers and Urge Reprocessing (DeTUR) method is an urge reduction protocol. We use it to target addiction in order to reduce triggers that normally cause the client to use (food, alcohol, etc), and reduce the urge to use. This method also allows clients to clearly visualize a happy life without substance use.