Addiction is often considered a taboo subject to discuss, but at Texas Online Counseling, we’re focused on helping those struggling with addiction. There are many theories about what addiction is and how it develops, but it’s clear that addiction can and does affect people from all walks of life, and the effects of addiction can be devastating to individuals and their families. With online addiction therapy from the dedicated team at Texas Online Counseling, you or a loved one struggling with addiction can work toward a better tomorrow!
Research-Backed Support and Treatment
It has been proven scientifically that changes in the brain occur physically when a person is experiencing any form of addiction. With help from an online therapist, treatment, and recovery, those physical changes can be corrected or redirected to create a healthier life, free of addiction. However, it’s not to say that working through addiction is a fast or easy process, it takes work and support. That’s why our online addiction therapy treatment is designed to provide you with the support and tools you need to conquer your addiction and reach your goals.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine, or ASAM, has a very complex definition of addiction: “Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social, and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.” To summarize this definition, addiction causes physical changes in the brain of a person with addiction. These changes then cause disruptions in that person’s decision making and thought processes.
Addiction is Characterized by:
The points below provide an overview of the characteristics, or symptoms, of an addiction. Addiction symptoms can start out subtle, but as the brain changes from the continued effects of the addictive behavior, they may become more prevalent. If you notice that you or a loved one is displaying these addictive characteristics, it may be time to explore online addiction therapy and treatment.
Inability to consistently abstain
Impairment in behavioral control
or increased “hunger” for drugs or rewarding experiences
Diminished recognition of significant problems
with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships
A dysfunctional emotional response
Time and Patience
Addiction very rarely develops overnight and many times, the addiction forms as a way to mask the hurt from past experiences or trauma in the addicted person’s life. Other causes for addiction can include difficulties with processing or experiencing negative emotions from past events or present day life. While these are some prevalent contributing factors, there are many reasons why people may develop addictions and those reasons can be complex. Over time, a person can become physically and emotionally dependent on a substance or behavior.
Support and Guidance
If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, working with a therapist to receive online addiction therapy can provide you with insight into your situation, support for your struggles, and a path toward working through addiction. Together, the staff at Texas Online Counseling can help! Our team has years of experience working with a variety of patients who are struggling with a variety of issues that are difficult to overcome alone. Because we are dedicated to providing high-quality online addiction therapy services, we’ll work with you to determine the reasons behind your addiction and will create a path toward healing.
At Texas Online Counseling, we understand that working toward better mental health and a life free of addiction can be difficult, which is why we’re here to provide high-quality, convenient, and compassionate support. Learn more about online addiction therapy and getting started with online counseling services by getting in contact with us today. Schedule an appointment to get started with your online therapy services!