Millions of Americans suffer from addiction. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that the U.S. addiction rates are on the rise. Beyond addiction to alcohol and drugs, millions of other people suffer from addictive behaviors including food addiction, gambling, technology use, and more. Unfortunately, few people get help for their addiction because of a large gap in treatment.
Addiction occurs when your brain and body crave and compulsively engage with a drug or addictive behavior. The cravings can be overwhelming and difficult to control because addiction is a brain disease that significantly impacts behavior.
Substances and addictive behaviors can do the following:
Substances and addictive behaviors can become more important to people suffering from addiction than eating or sleeping. These substances and behaviors may also lead people to do things that they would otherwise think are wrong.
The American Psychological Association says that the best treatment approaches for addiction include cognitive-behavioral therapy, contingency management, and motivational interviewing. The counselors at the Fishtown Wellness center combine these approaches to help people to manage the issues that arise while they recover. It is possible for you to recover from addiction with support and substance use counseling.
Our counselors will work with you to help identify the destructive thoughts and behaviors that underpin your addiction so you can regain a sense of control in your life. This might include identifying triggers that cause you to crave your substance or behavior of choice and ways that you can cope when these cravings arise. Our counselors use motivational interviewing to help you identify manageable goals that feel realistic and attainable.
Addiction counseling can help you learn what started your addiction and what continues to feed it. Once we have identified these things, we can work to figure out the best way to help you overcome your addiction.
Your friends and family members play an important role in your recovery. Our counselors work together with them so you can have wrap-around support to manage your recovery.
Harm reduction is a method for addiction treatment that involves minimizing the challenging impacts of addiction in everyday life. It is a non-judgemental approach that allows you to identify the changes you want to make that best fit with your overall health goals. Harm reduction values the autonomy and agency of the individual. Within this model, the quality of individual and community life (as opposed to abstinence-achievement) is the criteria for successful interventions and approaches. Your provider will work with you to identify the positive changes you want to make in your life and support you in making the best individual and relational decisions for yourself, whatever that may look like.
According to the National Harm Reduction Coalition, harm reduction incorporates a spectrum of strategies that includes safer use, managed use, abstinence, meeting people who use drugs “where they’re at”, and addressing conditions of use along with the use itself. The Coalition considers some of the following principles central to harm reduction practice:
To start your journey to recovery, call Fishtown Wellness Center today to be paired with an addiction recovery specialist. If you need a structured setting or a higher level of care, we work with treatment providers in the area to find you the best possible care.