Many people come to therapy because someone close to them has expressed concern about their addiction or addictive behaviours. The behaviours often had an initial purpose such as coping, alleviating boredom, or connecting to others. Over time, these coping behaviors can snowball and take on a life of their own. The misuse of alcohol, drugs, gambling, internet pornography, sexual encounters, food, or other behaviours can result in a vicious cycle that can be hard to step away from without help.
Therapists at Red Tree Psychology who specialize in addictions can help you examine your relationship to substances or behaviours, and develop a plan to reduce the hold they have over you. The result can be a increase in freedom and a feeling of ease.
Some people find 12-Step meetings helpful, and in this case, your therapist can support your work through the steps. For other people, success comes from having a therapist who can tailor a recovery plan that works for you. Whether your ultimate goal is abstinence or reducing your use, your therapist can work with you to regain control of your life.