Addiction can be thought of as a condition of the body. The body requires a drug or substance to avoid psychological or physical withdrawal symptoms. Addiction starts with a stage known as dependence. Physiological dependence is a body adjustment to a substance. The substance becomes a part of a "normal" state of functioning for the body.
Then the body enters a stage of tolerance. The body begins to adapt to the constant use of a substance and lessens the effect. An individual will begin to consume larger doses of the drug to achieve similar effects at the beginning of use.
According to the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition) from the American Psychiatric Association, substance as well as gambling addiction is also recognized and will often follow similar stages.
Working with recovering addicts and alcoholics is about putting an addiction behind you and keeping it in the past. It can often be an enormous struggle for many people, but a psychotherapist plays a huge supporting role in the recovery process. By enriching the recovery process, psychotherapy sessions help a person strengthen their support network and stay focused on their goal of recovery or prevention of a relapse.
Addictions counseling in Highlands Ranch and Littleton may include active participation in a local twelve-step program or inpatient addiction treatment program. They are often part of a serious addiction recovery effort, but they are not always for everyone. Searching out a local program for active participation can be an extremely important step in recovery from certain substance addictions.
Please contact me to discuss your current addiction recovery efforts and to find out how I can help and support you through the process.