Are You Struggling With Addictive Behaviors or Substance Abuse and Looking for a New Beginning?
- Has something that started as an occasional indulgence become a habit, leaving you asking, “Am I addicted?”
- Do you find it hard to get through the day without alcohol or other substances?
- Have you been steadily increasing your dosage of a prescription medication and worry that you might be doing more harm than good?
- Are you finding it difficult to stop a compulsive behavior, such as shopping, gambling, overeating or sex?
- Do you feel increasingly out-of-control, as though cravings are taking over your life?
- Do you wish you discover a sense of hope for the future, gain control over your choices and heal from the inside out?
It can be challenging to tell the difference between “normal” behaviors and the signs of addiction. You may fulfill your responsibilities and make it through most days with little trouble, but often feel irritable, tense or unfocused. Maybe it seems as though a drink, a pill or another habit provides a reliable form of instant relief, but you sense that something is holding you back from finding true balance and living as your best self.
It may be that you lack the energy and confidence you need to feel comfortable expressing yourself without a boost, often overindulging in things that offer temporary self-assurance, only to regret it later. Perhaps you are looking for a positive change in your life, but you worry that there’s no
way out of this cycle. Or maybe you fear that you’ll be told to completely give up something you enjoy. Even though you feel overwhelmed, frustrated and exhausted, are you ready to take control over your life? Do you want to stop just surviving and start thriving?
Substance Abuse & Addiction Affects All Types of People, From All Walks of Life
Although you may be aware that you’re demonstrating the signs of addiction, you may feel unable to talk to anyone about your fears. Especially if you are a successful professional, it may seem as though you are living a double life, or that you should be able to “deal with it” on your own. In truth, however, you are not alone, and struggling with substances or addictive behaviors does not make you broken or weak.
All human beings are designed to seek pleasure and avoid pain. When we experience pain or discomfort, it’s natural that we wish to alleviate it. For example, if, for whatever reason, our brains are low on dopamine, we pursue a dopamine boost. If we experienced trauma, we look for ways to numb the pain. Alcohol, drugs, shopping, sex, food and other substances and behaviors can provide temporary bursts of pleasure and/or help to numb distress. While none of these things can offer long-term relief or healing, it’s still common to get stuck in a cycle of seeking pleasure, sensing that pleasure fading away and then seeking more pleasure from the same immediate, reliable source—even if this doesn’t serve us in the long-term. This is especially true for those whose brains are “wired” for addiction or people who grew up in environments that normalized addictive behaviors.
Over time, addiction makes relief, calm and happiness even more elusive. And, although you may have started casually or with good intention, dependency can develop before you even realize it. No matter who you are, it’s difficult to break out of an engrained pattern on your own. Thankfully, there is help and hope. With the support of a qualified therapist, you can take hold of your life and find a new, healthy way to feel balanced, empowered and at peace.
Addiction Therapy Can Help You Gain Clarity and Direction
At Eddins Counseling Group, our primary goal is to help you develop the insight,
awareness and tools needed to feel better over the long-term. It’s important to note that we are not a residential facility, and we don’t offer intensive treatment. However, if you are growing increasingly reliant on substances or behaviors, or if you have finished intensive treatment and now seek ongoing sobriety support, we can help.
We know that no two people are alike, and we will not label you with a diagnosis or use a one-size-fits-all approach. In your first session, your therapist will offer a thorough assessment, allowing you the opportunity to share your specific concerns and therapy goals. If you feel unsure whether you’re struggling with a habit or addiction, your therapist can help you unpack your concerns and more clearly understand the lines between use, abuse and addiction. Working together, you can come up with strategies for reframing the thoughts and behaviors that make you feel defeated, overwhelmed or out of control. You can establish reliable strategies to recognize and address cravings when they arise, creating new routines and healthy habits that support the lifestyle you want.
In sessions, you can investigate the difficult experiences, thoughts or emotions that you’re currently trying to cope with, as well as any buried trauma. By diving underneath compulsions, you can work through buried grief, stress, anger, relationship issues or other challenges and discover what you really need to find relief. As you begin to truly understand your underlying needs, you can empower yourself to respond thoughtfully rather than react impulsively, even in times of distress. Overall, you can feel better equipped to live in alignment with your values.
Addiction therapy can help you feel more connected to your truest, strongest self. Sessions offer the safe, confidential space necessary to discover what you want and interrupt the patterns keeping you stuck. You are more resilient than you realize, and once you move past the urges and behaviors blocking your way, you can effect immense positive change in all aspects of your life. It is possible to feel energized, engaged and ready to embark on a new beginning.
You may have questions or concerns about substance abuse treatment…
I don’t think I’m an addict.
No matter what you’re struggling with, your behaviors and symptoms do not define you. If you are wondering if you’re engaging in a habit or addiction, your therapist can help you make that distinction, without judgment or criticism. Eddins Counseling Group is not an intensive, inpatient facility, and your therapist will not force you to do anything you don’t want to do. And, your therapist will work with you as you identify your values and work toward your goals—all of which you get to define. We’re here to help you develop the healthy routines and confidence you need to cultivate the life you want.
I’m concerned about a loved one, but I think he or she will resist addiction treatment.
We encourage you to come in and talk to us about what you’re going through. If your loved one agrees to join you, we can talk with him or her about therapy options. If he or she doesn’t, we can still offer you a compassionate, understanding ear, allowing you to express how supporting an addict might be affecting you and those around you. You can find a way to take care of yourself while you try to take care of your loved one. If you feel helpless and frustrated, your therapist can help you to prioritize yourself and live in alignment with your values, even if doing so means setting new personal boundaries. And, as your loved one observes your dedication to your own wellbeing, he or she might become more willing to give therapy a try.
If I try addiction therapy, will I be forced to give something up?
Many people worry that they’ll be forced to dramatically change their lives or that they’ll lose friends or loved ones if they make a change. You might not want to quit drinking or using substances. Or, if you’re struggling with overeating, excessive shopping, gambling, or impulsive sexual behavior, you might wonder how you could remove these habits from your life completely.
In sessions, your therapist will not focus on asking you to quit. Instead, you’ll be provided with the time and space to carefully consider what you really want and need out of life. Your therapist can help you identify and implement habits and behaviors that truly support you. Over time, you might find that you no longer need older, less effective coping mechanisms, but that’s entirely up to you.
Managing Addiction Is Possible
We invite you to give Eddins Counseling Group a call at 832-559-2622 or contact us for more information about addiction therapy and our practice in Houston, TX.