When you think of addiction, what comes to mind? Is it a homeless person under the bridge with a bottle in a brown bag? Do you think of someone in an alleyway addicted to crack cocaine?
It may shock you know that addiction can be hard to detect with the naked eye. Otherwise successful, driven people may often be subject to addictions of all shapes and sizes – pornography, alcohol, drugs, shopping, gambling, risk-taking, etc. If you’re finding yourself driven towards these things or others in spite of the risks to you, and in spite of negative consequences you’ve had, you may be suffering from an addiction.
We can show you how to live again. St. Louis Addiction Counseling is what we do best!
Part of the difficulty in wrestling with addiction is that its one of the addicted persons often don’t know they have it, in spite of all evidence to the contrary. Cancer patients say they have cancer, depressed persons say they’re depressed. But addicted persons often won’t, and sometimes just can’t, admit they’re addicted.
It doesn’t have to stay that way. We can help!
Breaking the cycle of addiction can be extremely difficult, but we’ve got lots of experience helping people do it. Change, Incorported St. Louis Addiction therapists are willing to go through the process with you, helping you examine the people, places, and things contributing to your situation, as well as the underlying thoughts and emotions that trigger the desire to use.
Relapse is part of recovery.
If you’ve recently relapsed, you may feel like giving up. Don’t give up! Relapse is actually part of recovery – it’s what you do after you relapse that is key. Often, the best time to start over again is immediately after you’ve had a lapse in your sobriety. We can help you figure out what sabotaged your recovery, and help you develop a new pattern for the future.
Here are 3 myths about addiction, and facts we think will help you understand things better.
- Myth: Addicted people are weak. They just need to pull themselves together, and there’s nothing anyone else can do to help.
- Fact: Addiction is not a weakness, but a serious illness, and persons suffering from it need professional treatment for addiction in St. Louis.
- Myth: Talking about addiction only makes it worse.
- Fact: The less you talk about addiction and what is driving it, the worse things tend to get. Talking about addiction with a professional can help tremendously. Talking with a friend or relative is a good start, and that friend or relative should recommend counseling, and probably 12-step recovery.
- Myth: Telling a friend or loved one that you’re worried about their drinking/drugging/other addictive behavior won’t work unless they’ve “hit bottom”.
- Fact: Addiction recovery research strongly suggests that the more a person hears about their addiction, over and over again, the more likely they are to eventually recover. This does not mean, however, that you should “brow beat” the addicted friend or loved one, or take out your frustrations on them. Instead, you should address with them the nature of your worry, and how its impacting you (focus on yourself). Most people need help doing this from a professional.
There’s no reason you have to continue to suffer. Let us help. Call today.
Addiction can be treated. It’s not unfixable! We know how to deal with it and to help you get your sanity back, even if it feels like there’s no hope. You can learn to say no – change is possible!
At Change, Inc. St. Louis Counseling Therapy…
We want you to be revitalized…renewed…restored. We believe in you…and we believe that CHANGE is possible! Call us today and you can begin your new journey this week! Don’t waste another minute!
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