Many people in substance abuse recovery are unaware of how toxic addictive behaviors are and basically replace one addiction with another. This behavior takes its form in other activities both harmful and non-harmful such as work or exercise. For example, someone can over exercise after addiction treatment.
What are addictive behaviors?
Before anyone can truly recover from their addiction, they must first treat their addictive mental behaviors.
Here are some examples of addictive behaviors:
- Finding ways to get high off other things besides drugs or alcohol
- Compulsive eating
- Overindulging in risky behavior and activities
- Continuous or obsessive indulgence with behavioral activities such as gambling, sex, using the internet or playing games
Treatment for the addictive behavior can be done with these various methods:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy examines the relationship between a person’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors. These patterns of thinking help to understand what leads to self destructive actions. By understanding this pattern we can then modify the way of thinking and teach clients various coping skills.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a process of psychotherapy to quickly heal a range of psychological wounds. This method incorporates the eye’s movement and response while talking to the therapist about a traumatic incident. From self esteem to traumatic events EMDR addresses a patient’s multitude of problems. This is a interactive approach that shifts the body’s sensation to a particular event or problem. This technique weakens the effect of negative emotions and lowers the patients level of distress.
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
The motivational interviewing or miracle questions style of counseling allows behavior to change through resolving mixed feelings or contradictory ideas. This is done by raising the patients awareness of what they have experienced or faced during their addiction. Addressing this allows clients to think differently about their behavior and what they have gained through change. Motivational interviewing helps clients to focus on the present and what they can do to leave their addictive behavior behind.
The Cove Center for Recovery practice alternative therapy like the various treatment above. If you believe you have transferred one addiction with another contact one of our treatment consultants at 855-248-4395.