Sometimes people say that luck comes in three’s. Sometimes trouble comes in three’s. Addictions come in three’s as well. There is the usual alcohol and drugs but, you can be addicted to other things as well. You can be addicted to just about anything. Addiction is anything you spend most of your money, time, energy or thoughts on. It is the first and last thing you think about every day. You are either thinking about getting more of it, using it or conning someone out of theirs. There is a primary addiction and then there are lesser addictions. Addictions are sometimes passed off as bad habits. If you are involved in a 12 step program or rehab then you know about these things. If you are not then now would be a good time to get involved. You should also try to get to an ACOA (adult child of alcoholic) meeting. You should also be looking at the root causes of your addiction. Underneath every addiction there is a driving force, a reason why it became and addiction. That may require a therapist. Changing behavior is not easy especially when you’re talking about being addicted to something. It can and often times does happen, however. You have to want it to happen and then make it happen. No one can talk you into or out of addiction. You are making that decision because you want it for yourself. That is the only way that it will work on a long-term basis. Know that you are probable addicted to at least three things, however. Being supported by a 12 step program will help you to stay off whatever it is that you had a difficult time staying away from. This will take a lot of practice and sometimes becoming physically withdrawn from the substance. This will require a rehab facility to monitor your withdrawal symptoms. The link below will help you to give away those old habits and replace them with the new.
I became a therapist in an attempt to understand my own childhood and what happened there and how it made me who I am, exhibiting the behaviors that were not always positive, very often self-destructive. I used Art Therapy to help me understand things in my past that were stopping me from making better decisions in my present day. I used Behavioral Science to help me understand underlying causal factors, roots to the present day behaviors that I was seeing in myself. Both help me to change those behaviors/thoughts that were causing me to make self-destructive decisions that were causing pain in life. I have been a therapist since 1985 and have an undergraduate degree Art and behavioral science (double major) from the University of Maine. My graduate work was done at Marywood university and I have a degree in Art Therapy. I have certificates in Forensic Interviewing and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior therapy. I have 22 out of 30 credits toward a degree in Trauma Therapy from Drexel University. I started out as a Community Support Worker, Program Manager/Clinical Supervisor, Family therapist and Outpatient therapist. View all posts by dtoomey2015