For many people, this pain becomes unmanageable. Substance abuse treatment can help you cope without turning to food, drugs, or other harmful behaviours.
Unfortunately, the remedy itself can be too painful. We find ourselves isolated from the people who matter most. We feel confused and misunderstood. We wonder why we continue to behave in a manner that causes so much difficulty in our lives. Often it is because we don't know what else to do.
Our minds and bodies are linked in a myriad of ways and continue a constant dialogue. When we feel strong emotion our nervous system is activated. Our brain processes the input from our body and hormones are released. Different parts of the brain are called to action and the responses from our limbic system and our perception of perceived danger can cause stress that affects our bodies. Drugs and alcohol can alter our body's natural response system and actually change the way our brains function. Substance abuse treatment can restore your mind, body, and spirit.
Here are two extremes of the spectrum:
The consequences of addiction get worse over time. Addiction is a progressive disease. It's never easy to quit. But it is possible, with a proper understanding of how the addiction has taken the individual hostage. If you've already suffered negative consequences and don't want them to get worse, there's never a better time to quit.
We begin by assessing the individual's desire for change. Motivational interviewing can play an important role in enhancing this desire. It is important to have a safety plan in place for withdrawal. Once an individual is clean, sober, or abstinent, the pain that was being masked is uncovered. At this point the risk for relapse is high. The recovering person needs to build a new life, often with new people who help them to remain focused on their recovery journey. There are many pitfalls on the way. We can help to anticipate and avoid them.
It is your birthright to be able to meet life's challenges without relying on harmful substances or behaviours.
Balanced Life Therapy offers relapse-prevention groups as well as individual counselling for substance abuse treatment and addictions of all kinds. We understand, and we can help, please contact us for more information.