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Substance Abuse

Feeling you’re controlled by urges or impulses can make any individual feel quite vulnerable. Image trying to recreate yourself with new habits, friends, social skills, and ways of coping to avoid high risk situations and decrease your chances for relapse. This all takes a lot of will power, adjustments in all aspects of life, and healthy supports to aid in the process (i.e. therapy and family). And what if in the past a person has lost all their supports due to addiction?

Connection and support have both been shown in many studies to be a large part of recovery, so trying to assist in creating or recreating those relationships can be very important to their sobriety. However, it is also important for them to increase their knowledge of themselves and learn about what purpose the alcohol is serving for them.

Treatment Process

How to gain skills or coping mechanisms replacing maladaptive thinking and/or behaviors.

No one person can truly thrive in isolation, because we are social beings. Sure someone could live without others, but support and communication are what help us to thrive (not just survive). The sense of connection, support, and love can truly assist in sobriety, if those individuals a person surrounds themselves with are healthy friendships, they are positively supportive, and the person is ready for the changes presented.

No one person can just quit substances because their loved ones want them to. Each person’s journey is different, and that individual needs to be ready and open to those changes for them to be successful. This all sounds great in theory, but with the help of the therapist the client is going to need to work on other areas necessary including communication skills, self-awareness including triggers, emotion regulation and impulse control, and previous negative beliefs flooding the body’s nervous system with maladaptive thoughts and behaviors.

As an EMDR therapist, negative beliefs of ourselves and the world around us can truly create some blocks in thoughts and actions throughout life. Starting with a baseline by utilizing assessments, learning about negative beliefs, past experiences, goals, and struggles in the past can truly increase the likelihood of progress for sobriety. As stated earlier though, sobriety is a choice. This is a choice individuals have to make everyday.

By activating positive neural networks in the brain, this is ultimately strengthening the brain’s ability to consciously continue to choose their choices based on practice, self improvements and new beliefs about themselves and the world around them. No longer do they need to experience relief through substances, but relief through self-soothing and exploration of physiological and emotional responses causing the disruptions and the substance’s quick response to gain that relief.