“One in three people is addicted to at least one substance or behavior. You can become addicted to anything that gives you pleasure or a feeling of reward. Drugs, alcohol, gambling, and pornography are the most common. Other addictions include shopping, using the internet, and work.” NHS
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Addiction therapy is here. Let me introduce you to the concept of “touchpoints” for avoiding addictive behavior. I define a touchpoint as any behavior or activity that provides us with the energy and strength required to be disciplined and remain in control of ourselves.
If you’re trying to formulate a plan or a mental map for yourself, you might think about “momentum.” Regardless of what you do to create momentum for yourself, you’ll likely find it helpful to keep yourself and your mind moving so that you don’t dwell upon addictive behaviors. So momentum is the first touchpoint.
Next, taking a “BIG picture perspective” often helps us to see, for instance, that we, our life struggles, and all those things we do to stay addiction-free are part of a much larger universe beyond our control. You see, our thoughts, and especially our behaviors, are where we have power. A big-picture perspective is the second touchpoint.
The third touchpoint is “preparation.” Regardless of the social activity that’s coming up, even spending the evening alone can be prepared for with our greatest desires (not our addiction) in mind. Preparation builds up our self-awareness and cultivates confidence in ourselves. Who doesn’t like feeling self-confident? Can we make it through another day? I’ve done it before and I know I can do it again. Preparation is the third touchpoint. Use all three (momentum, big picture perspective, and preparation) together for a more potent mix.
“Addiction Management” is unique, as are you, and should be customized to fit you and your situation. When searching for support, the simplest and most straightforward approach is to schedule an individual session for yourself. Your experience, plus our expertise, will blend beautifully.
Consider a psychological perspective. Deep unconscious underlying motivations are at play. They become confused and cause us to addictively scratch and claw our way to feel happy and satisfied. We desire an experience of control and to feel confident at more conscious levels.
Unfortunately, these behaviors – not the motivations – are often misaligned with what’s most important to us. Control the amount you drink. Control how quickly you light up. Feel more energy, have greater focus, and experience better relationships. Book your first session with us. We’ll begin by exploring how you started your addiction and how you can stop it.
“Once you feel more comfortable though, a more thorough or advanced approach involves taking one or more psychological assessments. These have been specifically created to assist you to easily experience your personal strengths. This way you can focus on your own freshly highlighted strengths, rather than on problems.”
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“You get what you focus on.” – Vannoy & Ross
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Tip: One of the tools some people use is HALT. This handy acronym reminds us to take a moment (HALT). Ask ourselves if we are feeling Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired. It seems simple enough. When we neglect our basic needs of hunger, anger, loneliness, and tiredness, we find ourselves more susceptible to self-destructive behaviors, including relapse. The antidote is reflection and contemplation.
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