Stage I – Understanding Your Addiction
I will help you, the person who is exploring their addiction, to be able to learn how to question and understand what is going on emotionally. Often times, addictive behavior is a reaction to stress, anxiety, hopelessness or even depression. It can also be a way of escaping difficult situations such as financial problems, a bad relationship, or trouble at work.
Stage II – Treatment of Addiction
Together we will approach the addiction on two levels:
I. Breaking the Habit – One of the problems is that taking drugs, drinking, pornography, gambling etc., is a habit we adapted to get us through our daily lives, and so we need counseling that can teach us practical strategies to help us get past these bad habits.
II. Escaping Depression and or Anxiety – One reason people think they engage in their addiction is to “relax” because they feel over stressed, angry, depressed, anxious or all of the above. In counseling you will learn ways of handling the issues we have discussed in Stage I “Understanding Your Addictions”.
We will do our counseling either individually, as a couple or a combination with both approaches. Together we will determine which will be the most effective in your particular situation.
Stage III – Practice and Re-enforcement
In this stage you will see how well you are able to put into practice insights and strategies’ you have learned from our treatment phase (Stage II).
We will also re-enforce what needs to be done to either catch “slips before they happen” or handle any set backs that may occur and preventing you from going forward.