Therapy for Addiction and Recovery offered through iCare Counseling in St. Louis, MO & Olivette, MO
Addiction changes the brain through the limbic system, also known as the “brain reward system.” This part of the brain is responsible for producing feelings of pleasure and will manifest thoughts such as, “I deserve this,” or “Let’s do that again.” The abuse of addictive substances and behaviors triggers this system which can prolong a continuous cycle of destructive behavior.
Common addictions include but are not limited to:
- Drug or alcohol abuse
When to Seek Professional Assistance
People who have developed an addiction may be unaware that it is out of control, which is why counseling is an essential part of working through and managing this condition. An addiction of any sort can be exhausting and one should never go through the recovery process alone.
Many treatment plans focus on talk therapy and behavior therapy and can be performed in a group or through one-on-one sessions. During these sessions, patients analyze the reasons behind their addiction(s), what triggers are and what helped them control impulses in the past. Patients also learn coping skills so they can manage the compulsions without relapsing.
In working with clients with addictive behaviors, I will frequently suggest the use of hypnosis to help address the behaviors and create newer, healthier patterns of behavior. If you are interested in discussing how this can help you, please fill out an appointment request and I will be in contact with you within 24 hours.
Call Today 314-991-0100 ext. 752 for more information on this service on addiction and recovery.