Addictions:

1. Are you in a habitual pattern in spite of negative consequences?

2. Are you neglecting your self care or other responsibilities?

3. Are you depressed or stuck, or ignoring or denying feedback from others suggesting you have a problem?

Over the past several decades a tremendous amount of attention has been given to addictive behaviors, whether drinking, drugging, sex, romance, food, work, etc. Pia Mellody, pioneer of addiction and Codependency treatment, says that addictions are created by events in our childhood that are less than nurturing. When we don't get our needs met, it is as if parts of us remain immature even when we have grown up. When we put these immature parts of us in charge of our adult lives we are frequently overwhelmed--in reaction---living in extremes--and taking everything personally. Addictions are a way of numbing out---of managing intolerable reality. Though many addictions have a physiological component, the need for the addiction---for the numbing of consciousness---may disappear as a person learns how to find her/his adult self. The process includes teaching the adult self to listen to and care for the vulnerable little parts.

In working with addictions, we ask that the client be clean of active using for 2-4 weeks before beginning therapy. It is difficult to make progress in the midst of numbness and extreme behavior. The first step to really caring for ourselves is to begin to love and care for oneself physically. We will be glad to help you find resources in your area to help with detoxification.
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