How can a therapist help for addiction?
A therapist can help a person with addiction learn strategies that help them overcome their addiction, help them work through emotional, social, and psychological stressors that contribute to their addiction, identify triggers that can make them relapse, develop a relapse prevention plan, as well as help them implement lifestyle changes that prioritizes their well-being.
Can a therapist help with gambling addiction?
A therapist can help a person with gambling addiction to identify their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours related to gambling, identifying, questioning, and changing which can decrease the person’s urge to gamble. A therapist can help the person identify their triggers and equip them with coping strategies that can reduce their gambling addiction. A therapist can also help identify and treat other mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, other addictions (such as alcohol or drug abuse), personality disorders, etc. that gambling could be an unhealthy coping strategy for.
What kinds of addiction can a therapist treat?
Therapists can treat various types of addiction including alcohol or drug addiction, gambling addiction, internet gaming disorder, shopping addiction, sex addiction, exercise addiction, food addiction, social media addiction, or addiction to any other activity or substances.
What types of therapies can be beneficial for addiction treatment?
A person with addiction can engage in individual therapy, group therapy, or even family therapy which can all enhance the recovery from addiction as well as aid in maintaining sobriety. 12 step facilitation programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are other beneficial adjunct treatment options.