Once you’re addicted, the substance you use has such control over your brain and behaviors that you may need professional care to break the habit. Kristie Tse, MA, LMHC, NCC, and the experienced therapists at Uncover Mental Health Counseling PLLC in Midtown Manhattan have helped many people recover from their addiction, prevent a relapse, and move forward into a thriving life. To get help for an addiction, call the office in New York City or book an appointment online today.
Addictions develop because your brain changes in response to addictive substances such as alcohol and drugs. When you use an addictive substance, it stimulates your brain and triggers the release of feel-good chemicals. These chemicals boost your mood, relieve pain, and diminish fears and inhibitions.
If you keep overusing any addictive substance, physical changes occur in your brain. As a result, your brain becomes dependent on the substance. Then you experience uncontrollable cravings when your brain needs the stimulation.
These cravings then lead to withdrawal symptoms if you stop using the substance. When you keep drinking or taking drugs to stop the cravings and prevent withdrawal, your brain needs ever-larger doses to achieve the same feel-good results. At this stage, you have an addiction.
Without professional treatment, the addiction keeps cycling upward, causing worse cravings and needing higher doses.
Craving the substance, needing more to get the same results, and having withdrawal symptoms are the top signs of an addiction, but they’re not the only problems. You may stop going to work and lose your job.
Many people engage in risky behaviors. Sometimes, they engage in dangerous behaviors because they’re under the influence. Other times, their risky behavior occurs because they’re desperate to get more drugs or alcohol.
Addictions also take a toll on your health. Drugs and alcohol interfere with your sleep, change your mood, and affect your heart rate and blood pressure. Ultimately, an addiction may lead to a heart attack, stroke, psychosis, or death by overdose.
Breaking an addiction requires a comprehensive approach that includes medication and therapy. Medications allow you to detox without getting sick. Detox meds stop cravings and withdrawal symptoms and help rebalance your brain chemicals.
While a physical detox is essential, it doesn’t deal with the reasons you’ve turned to alcohol or drugs. If you want a successful, long-lasting recovery, you need therapy to identify the issues underlying your addiction, help you change old habits, and learn the coping skills you need to prevent relapses.
The team at Uncover Mental Health Counseling PLLC uses results-oriented therapies that support your full recovery from addiction.
They use motivational interviewing to identify your current stage of change and determine if you’re ready to take action. They also use cognitive behavioral therapy to identify negative thought processes and change behavioral patterns.
The therapies they use for overcoming an addiction also help people struggling with challenges associated with other addictive tendencies and patterns. The team often treats clients with disordered eating and codependency challenges, to give you two examples.
If you need help with an addiction, call Uncover Mental Health Counseling PLLC or schedule an appointment online today.