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Should You See a Therapist?

Whether you are an addict, an addict in detox, or an addict in treatment, you should see a therapist who specializes in addiction. To an addict, the drug is the focus of addiction, but in reality, the drug is more or less incidental. It’s true that some drugs are more addictive than others and that some particular people really like some particular drugs, but addiction is about much more than drugs. A therapist will help you understand the different parts of addiction and give you a better shot at recovery.

Addiction is very common among people with preexisting mental health issues. If you are depressed or anxious, you are more likely to become an addict. There might be some kind of trauma or abuse behind it. You might be dealing with shame or self-loathing. You might not be totally aware of why you feel so awful. You may be one of the unlucky people who are just depressed for no reason other than brain chemistry. A therapist will help you sort that out by helping you reprocess the trauma or straighten out your distorted thinking.

Uncovering the reasons for your addiction is important, but it’s not the only thing a therapist can help you with. Recovery is full of challenges, both internal and external. You will have to find ways of dealing with triggers and cravings. You will have to figure out how to keep yourself focused on recovery and not panic at three AM when you’re suddenly afraid you won’t be able to stay sober. You might have to learn to forgive yourself for some of your behavior during your addiction.

External challenges are also formidable. You will have some interpersonal conflicts to resolve and you may not be sure how to start. You will have to develop strategies for dealing with stressful situations.

With all of these problems, both internal and external, it’s valuable to have a different perspective. All of this might be new to you, but your therapist has seen it before. She knows where people often stumble and how people have succeeded when facing challenges similar to yours. When you’re dealing with interpersonal conflicts, she can be a disinterested observer who can help you get a clearer picture of what’s going on. This doesn’t mean judging who is right or wrong, but usually helping you understand everyone’s feelings and motivations. At a time when you are likely feeling anxious, or contrite, or possibly defensive, it’s helpful to have some guidance.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, Gardens Wellness Center can help you  detox in a comfortable environment and take advantage of a variety of complementary therapeutic approaches. Call us today at 844-828-1050 or email us at to learn more.