Online Treatment for Addiction
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Online Counseling for Addictions – Mindfulness Therapy for Addiction Recovery
Online Mindfulness Therapy via Skype is a very convenient and highly effective way of healing the underlying core emotions that fuel your addiction. I work with substance addictions, alcohol addiction, food addictions and bulimia, and all other forms of obsessive compulsive disorders and I have had great success with this Online Counseling Service for Addictions.
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Many people do not like the 12-Step approach to addiction recovery and would prefer a different approach that focuses on changing the underlying emotions that fuel the addiction. Also, many people are not comfortable with a group therapy approach. There is often shame around addiction and people prefer an individualized approach where they can work one-on-one with a therapist. The choice of Online Therapy for Addictions can be far less intimidating and will likely be a very good addition to your progress with addiction recovery.
There is also a lot of interest in mindfulness-based therapies, which really are good at helping you work in a positive way with your emotions so that you can gain more control and balance in your life. Mindfulness teaches you how to work with the compulsive impulses of an addiction so that they don’t get the upper hand. This is a central focus in Online Addiction Counseling. However, to fully recover from an addiction, you must also treat the underlying depression, guilt, stress or low self-esteem that lies at the core of your addiction. Many people feel a great sense of emptiness at the core of their being that they are trying to fill through the addictive high. But, of course, this temporary fix does nothing to heal the underlying pain. During Online Treatment for Addictions, we use mindfulness to transform and heal these core emotions.
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“I tried an AA group, but I didn’t feel comfortable talking in front of the group and I didn’t like the religious undertone. I wanted an online option because I travel a lot. Since I started mindfulness therapy I have completely changed. This is really making a huge difference.” – California
Many thousands of people struggle with substance abuse addiction. According to the NIH, almost 10% of adults have a problem with alcohol addiction – over 17 million Americans, and most are in the age range 18-30. The problem of chemical addiction and substance abuse is much larger than this. The effect of addiction is not only devastating for the individual, but for the family as well.
The economic impact of alcoholism alone runs into billions of dollars each year and alcohol addiction is regarded as one of the most significant social diseases, causing untold misery for the individual and his or her family as well as reducing the effectiveness of his performance at work.
However, compulsive addictions go far beyond alcoholism and substance abuse and can include addiction to work, gambling, shopping… in fact almost any activity or behavior can become an object for compulsive addiction.
While it is important to seek medical attention for chemical addictions, it is essential to work on changing the underlying compulsive emotions that lie at the core of all addictive behaviors. These core impulses are like an internal power generator that compels you, often against your will, to indulge in your addiction. You have to neutralize these core emotional impulses if you are to break free from addiction.
Psychotherapy: Healing the Unresolved Core Emotions
Psychotherapy is usually very effective for helping you change your compulsions at the core; especially the newer therapies such as CBT or the Online version of Mindfulness Therapy offered on this site. To break free from addiction you need to discover what you perceive to be lacking inside. What are you trying to escape from? Many addicts are simply trying to cope with deep unresolved emotional suffering, and the drug provides an escape from some form of intolerable emotional pain. You need to learn how to work with these unresolved emotions so that they can heal and resolve, and this is the purpose of working with a therapist.
It is no surprise that many returning soldiers, police officers, firefighters and others involved in such stressful professions struggle with addiction, usually alcohol addiction. The emotional traumas experienced in the line of duty can be too difficult to resolve and they leave deep wounds, guilt and confusion that do not resolve. We are simply not equipped to process such painful emotions. Left unresolved, these core emotions look for an outlet – addiction, depression, aggression…A therapist can help you continue the inner work needed to heal what has been left unhealed.
Emotional abuse experienced during childhood is another common source of unresolved core emotions that can lead to compulsive and addictive behaviors, including food addiction as well as substance abuse. Such traumatic experiences leave a deep hole in our psyche, which we try to fill through substance abuse. This inner pain needs healing…
Support Groups for Addictions Recovery
There are many Twelve-Step Programs available, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), which can be very effective for some people. Helping you recognize that you have a problem is a big step for many people and is the first step to recovery for everyone.
Talking about your problem in a group setting is also very beneficial for many. Seeing that you are not alone and that other people are struggling with the same problems that you are struggling with can be immensely valuable. “A problem shared is a problem solved.” You will also have the opportunity to help others, which can be very effective for helping your own healing.
Another option is to choose a residential facility to provide a safe and structured environment to help you break the cycle of alcoholism or addiction. These Residential Treatment Centers can be found in most urban centers. To locate an addiction treatment center, visit SAMHSA.
AA Support Groups is not for everyone
Although AA Support Groups can be very helpful, this approach does not work for everyone. Many people are not comfortable expressing themselves in front of a group. Others have a problem with the religious component, a belief in a higher power, which is a central part of the 12-step program. Also, signing up for a residential program can be very expensive and not possible for many people, especially if you have family responsibilities.
The Problem of Relapse in Addiction Recovery
Another problem with the Support Group and the Residential Treatment Center approach is that at some time you will have to leave that protected environment and return to your previous life, with all the stresses and challenges that you left behind. Bombarded by the original stress triggers and the possible interpersonal conflicts of work and family, you may find yourself falling right back into your old habits.
If you have not resolved the underlying pain and emotional suffering or problems with self-esteem, anxiety and depression that fuel your addiction, then you will find it difficult to prevent a relapse.
These Post-Group Therapy relapses are more common than we might expect. The failure rate for alcoholics who have been through an AA 12-step program is estimated by some to be almost 90%! (see The Effectiveness of the Twelve-Step Treatment). This does not mean that the 12-step programs are not useful, but that they are limited – What is missing is Follow up Therapy to resolve the underlying emotional causes of your alcoholism or addiction.
The same applies to courses at Residential Treatment Centers. If there is no follow-on psychotherapy to address the underlying psychological causes of your addiction, then all that effort and expense will have been wasted.
People suffering from alcoholism and other addictions recognize that they have to work on changing the core emotional impulses that fuel their addictive behaviors. Until you do this, you will never be truly free of your addiction.
Online Mindfulness Therapy for Overcoming Addictions
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Mindfulness Therapy for Addictions, now available online via Skype, is a particularly effective way for helping you resolve the underlying core emotional suffering, trauma or stress that drives you to drink, substance abuse or other form of addictive behavior.
Mindfulness Therapy also teaches you how to mange the addictive impulses effectively so that you control them rather than continuing to feel like a prisoner of your compulsions.
Mindfulness Therapy, a modern form of CBT, is one approach that focuses on this very process using the powerful awareness skill called mindfulness and the well-tested principles of Mindfulness-based Psychology that originated from the teachings of the Buddha. You don’t have to be a Buddhist to apply these teachings, as they are universal psychological principles that apply to all of us.
Mindfulness Therapy has been demonstrated in numerous trials to be highly effective for resolving and preventing relapse of depression and anxiety, and Mindfulness-based Stress Management is considered to be one of the very best approaches available for stress reduction.
Stop Addiction Relapse
Now you can get the help you need online via Skype to work on changing those underlying emotional patterns that cause your addiction. This program of online therapy will teach you how to break free from the underlying depression, anxiety and problems of low self-esteem that need to be resolved if you are to truly overcome your addiction.
You will also learn how to control the strong emotional impulses that also need to be managed as part of addiction treatment, and prevent yourself from being the victim of your impulses.
How Many Online Sessions are needed?
Of course this will vary from person to person. Addiction is dependent on habitual reactive compulsion and it will take time to undo a lifetime of habitual conditioning.
However, the good news is that Mindfulness Therapy is a very cost-effective solution because it works directly on changing the underlying compulsive patterns. It helps you gain control of your emotions and reactive thinking and then helps you neutralize the compulsive emotions that fuel the addiction.
Typically, people see big improvements after 6-12 sessions and you will know after the first session if this approach is going to be effective for you.
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How to Recover from an Addiction
The view that an addiction such as alcohol addiction or other drug addiction is a disease is a great over-simplification that may actually do great harm to people struggling with addictions. Why? Because it make you think that you are a helpless victim of your addiction, just as someone suffering from a heart condition or cancer is a victim of a disease that is out of their hands. This is definitely not the case with addiction, because addictions have a very strong psychological component in the compulsive emotional impulses and the patterns of habitual thinking that drive the impulse. With help, you can change these underlying psychological patterns and you can break free from those compulsive emotional drives. This is the primary focus of addiction therapy and alcohol counseling.
An addiction is better thought of as a symptom of an underlying need. We turn to alcohol, food, work or other addictive and compulsive activities, in a desperate effort to fill that inner need. But, that healing has to come from within; it can NEVER be completely satisfied from an activity or substance. That may give us a temporary relief from our inner pain, but it never lasts. During Mindfulness Therapy we focus on helping you reconnect with that part of you that needs your attention, your compassion and care. The primary problem in almost all addictions is that we become dissociated from our painful emotions. We resist them, avoid them and react to them or try to make them go away through will-power and reasoning. This is the real problem, because all forms of resistance and reactivity, or indulgence, which is identifying with the reactivity prevents us from being truly present with the core emotions that so desperately need our attention and care. Reactivity drives a wedge between our conscious mind and the inner pain causing it to become suppressed and isolated from our awareness. This is dissociation and nothing can change or heal until we reconnect with that part of us that is in such pain.
Addiction Therapy Online: Look for the Core Emotions
I have worked with many clients who have been struggling with alcohol addiction and other forms of compulsive behavior, and in every case there is always a very painful and unresolved core emotion driving the addiction. The addictive behavior, whether substance abuse, addiction to work, addiction to body image, compulsive shopping, or overeating and bulimia, is simply a symptom of a deep inner wound, a terrible neediness, or sense of unworthiness, guilt or some form of negative self-image and low self-esteem, often arising from sexual or emotional abuse during childhood. People drink or indulge in a desperate attempt to drown out the inner pain.
To Heal Addiction You Must Heal the Core Emotions
Changing behaviors and thought patterns is important, but if you have not resolved those unresolved core emotions then you will be at risk of a relapse. This is why we pay such close attention to your core emotions during Mindfulness Therapy. MT teaches you how to heal painful emotions by changing the way you relate to them. Our usual response is avoidance, denial or aggression toward the inner pain. This is a no-win approach. Healing requires a complete change in your attitude toward your suffering; one in which you make the courageous effort to make friends with your emotions and treat them with respect, caring and love. You know that this works in your relationships with friends and family; so why do we not exercise this basic attitude toward our own emotions?
Mindfulness Therapy teaches you how to work in a positive way with your core emotions and addiction that is extremely effective.
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