Historically, addiction has been defined as physical and psychological dependence on psychoactive substances which cross the blood-brain barrier once ingested, temporarily altering the mood milieu of the brain.
People can also be addicted to food, gambling, drugs, alcohol, internet and other behaviors that cause negative consequences. The first step to dealing with an addition is to admit that you are addicted and to develop a plan of action. There are many plans that work from 12 Step Programs, inpatient and outpatient treatment programs, intensive outpatient programs and individual treatment. It is important to know what you need in a recovery program. Recovery is the stage where you are learning to live your life without the use of the behavior or substance. It takes time and work to have a healthy recovery.
Alcoholism and drug addiction have traditionally been linked to a 12 Step Programs such as A.A., Alcoholics Anonymous or N.A., Narcotics Anonymous. Although 12 step programs are helpful and provide a certain kind of support not everyone needs and can benefit from a 12 Step Program. It is important to assess what you need and develop a recovery program.
Most people do not want to give up their addiction and struggle with way to master keeping it without the negative consequences. However, this may only work temporarily and you may be feeling that things are getting out of control again. People deal with their addiction when the negative consequences are causing significant distress in their lives and they realize there is no other choice but, to change the behavior.Along with the addict’s behavior there may be family members or significant others that enable the addict to continue to engage in the addictive behavior. Often family members or significant others are at a loss about what to do to help the addict in their lives. They can also go to 12 step programs such as Alanon. Sometimes it is best for them to talk to a treatment person to help them look at the choices they have and the options available to help the Addict in their lives as well as helping themselves.
Life Coaching can help identify all the treatment options and explore possible recovery plans. Frequently addiction exists along with a mental health condition which is called having a dual diagnosis. It is important to have a treatment plan for both conditions in order to maximize your recovery. I am a dual diagnosis specialist and I work to coach people on how to develop the best plan recovery plan for both concerns. I also work with family members or significant others to address their concerns and needs.