What’s the underlying issue?
“Though there is a biological and psychological component with most addictions, much of the healing is looking at the underlining issues contributing to engaging in the behavior—most addictions are byproducts of other issues. Seeking counseling services which will work to investigate these issues, rather than focusing solely on the addiction, will have longer lasting positive results.” —Kent Provost, PhD, licensed therapist and addiction specialist in the College of Counseling, Psychology & Social Sciences at Argosy University in Chicago. Addiction or not, here are more signs you should consider therapy.
You’re going to relapse
“Relapse is just part of the process of recovering from an addiction and there’s no shame in that. You can fall a thousand times but if you stay committed to the path of healing, you will make it up. Addicts crucify themselves when they fall down. Don’t waste energy on that, just get up and try again.” —Audrey Hope, addiction counselor and host of Ask Audrey Now
The most important first step?
“Let the people that care about you know what is going on as you will need their help. There are logistical issues that need to be handled once you’ve made the decision to seek treatment. You need to call your insurance company to find treatment centers that accept your insurance and then read the reviews on them. Make sure weekly individual therapy is part of the treatment plan and that they have licensed staff.” —John Templeton, president of Footprints Beachside Recovery Center.