“Do I Have An Addiction?”
How do we know if we have an addiction? Usually the people around us have let us know in some way or another. Basically, we may have an addiction if we continue doing things that we KNOW will be a problem for our health, career, finances and relationships!
We can become addicted to just about anything we put our minds to. When misused and abused, alcohol and other drugs, shopping, gambling, video games, road raging, watching football or knitting can all get in the way of our relationships and happiness. When we experience loss of control, begin hiding or minimizing our behavioral habits to obtain “the thing,” or feel irritability and anxiety when we cannot have “the thing,” we are exhibiting addictive symptoms. The pursuit may seem innocent in the beginning, but through building tolerance we are changing our brain structure that needs more and more.
What about Sexual Addiction?
There is growing awareness about how the same addiction symptoms present in substance misuse and other out-of-control behavioral addictions show up in our sexual behavior. Thankfully, evidence-supported treatment options now exist that help people identify, manage and overcome compulsive actions that create pain, confusion and hopelessness for the individual and others who are affected.
Having completed intensive trainings to become a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist through the International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals, Alex is qualified to help men and women (from pre-teen to senior citizen) break free from the unwanted chains to pornography, one-night stands, extramarital affairs and compulsive masturbation.
As part of our organization’s DNA, we also present what we learn about therapy as PREVENTION and deliver seminars, groups and workshops to the public!
Does Addiction Counseling Help?
Yes! Talking with a professional counselor can help you identify the root(s) and the destructive cycle of an addiction. Using Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), we can identify and desensitize the many triggers that get you thinking and fueling an addictive cycle. Find out how EMDR works!
Feeling like you have control over your life again can be the greatest freedom! Don’t wait another week just to be stuck in the same, tired cycle.
Who Can I Contact?
You can reach out to one of these trained, compassionate addiction counselors at our Lone Tree office, and learn right away how they can help!
Main Office: 303-792-5686
Director Alex A. Avila: 720-316-7771