Behavioral addictions with personal actions that lead to gratification in lieu of anxiety or depression. They are carried out to resolve some type of distress and temporarily can relieve the distress although the actions in themselves are not healthy or addictive due to extremity. Examples include sex, gaming, gambling, shopping or even binge eating. The issue lies in the extremity but also more so in the inability to stop or moderate. Some individuals later feel regret or embarrassment afterwards.
It is important to identify any type of behavioral addictions and question why they arise. Are they a poor substitute for coping over a deeper issue? Are they preventing one from facing that issue? Are there better alternatives than the addictive behavior? The temporary pleasure must be weighed with the overall physical and social health of the person. These behaviors can destroy relationships and make one hostage to a particular vice or habit.
It is hard to break bad habits, but with proper guidance, individuals can better control their impulsive decisions. Licensed counselors can help individuals identify triggers to these behaviors and how to learn to form better and healthy habits.
The article, “Behavioral Addictions, Emotions, And The Brain” by Krystina Murray looks closer at how behavior addictions exist within the human brain and how to better face them. She states,
“According to Science Direct, behavioral addictions are defined as, “an intense desire to repeat some action that is pleasurable or perceived to improve wellbeing or capable of alleviating some personal distress.” What classifies some behaviors as addictive is the difficultly those affected have with stopping or reducing their participation in it. ”
Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Practitioner Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals looking for a four year certification dealing with substance abuse counseling.
Addiction sometimes needs more than one on one assistance but deeper therapy. Trained professional counselors who specialize in addiction therapy can help those who need this more intense aid. Substance Abuse Certification is an excellent certification to add to professional counselors who wish to show continued pursuit in the knowledge of addiction counseling.
The article, “Therapy For Addiction Recovery” by Chrystina Murray takes a closer look at the various types of therapies available for addiction. She states,
“An integral part of rehab is therapy for substance abuse. Therapy allows patients seeking treatment to heal with a variety of options. Different rehabs will offer options depending on factors like location, cost, and intended focal group; however, many offer therapies like group therapy, one-on-one therapy, and family counseling as standard therapies.”
Helping individuals through addiction is key. Professional counselors as well as basic addiction counselors without a professional licensure can help with basic addiction aid but if addiction becomes more intense, professional counselors will be needed without a doubt. Counselors who work in addiction centers under guidance or professional licensed counselors can both earn AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Certification. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals. Please review and see if AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Certification meets your academic and professional goals.
Addiction afflicts millions of Americans. Addiction can be substance or habit but it ultimately leads to a behavior that no longer leaves the person in control but in need of in order to properly function. Addiction affects any age and any gender without bias. Women however are affected by addiction in different ways. It is important to understand gender differences in addiction in Substance Abuse Counseling.
The article, “Why Women Experience Addiction Differently” by Devon Frye looks at how addiction affects women differently and why. She states,
“Research and anecdotal evidence have identified at least three paths to addiction that may be more prevalent among women than men. The first and most troubling involves past or ongoing trauma. In the treatment center where I work, we find that around 75 percent of our women patients have had at least one traumatic event in the past that may be contributing to their addiction. Among men, both at our center and nationally, the incidence of trauma is also high, but it looks to be more like 50 percent.”
Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Program and see if it meets your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Substance Abuse Counseling.
With peer pressure and fast developing minds, kids and teens can make poor choices. Even the best raised teen with faith and family can give in to the temptation from time to time. How parents teach their children about drugs and addiction varies but it is nevertheless an important conversation.
The article, “How to talk about alcohol and drugs with kids of all ages” by Elissa Strauss looks at how parents can help their children be better prepared to deal with drugs and alcohol. The article states,
“The adolescent brain is in this process of developing and becoming, and it is not finished cooking until young people are in their early or mid-20s. Adolescents aren’t wired for addiction, but they are wired to take risks. Their baseline levels of dopamine (a type of neurotransmitter associated with pleasure) are lower than they are for children or for grown-ups. Drugs and alcohol became a route to novelty and risk — to feel something.”
Risk and dangerous choices can manifest into drugs, which later lead to addiction.
Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Substance Abuse Counseling.
Addiction is a serious issue in society. Addiction tears apart families and destroys relationships. Knowing that one is addicted is the first step to recovery.
It is usually very self apparent if one is addicted, but there are questions and measurements to evaluate if one is addicted. Substance Abuse Counselors can go through a series of questions to determine if someone is addicted.
The article, “How Addiction Is Diagnosed” by Chrystine Wagner takes a closer look at addiction and what the dictates if one is addicted. She states,
“Since addiction is often a self-diagnosed condition, recognizing or deciding you may be struggling with an addiction is often one of the biggest challenges in recovery. Everyone who has an addiction comes to that recognition in different ways. Questions to ask yourself if you think you may have an addiction include…”
The most common elements are over indulgence and the inability to stop. Other factors to consider include loss of time for other things, broken relationships, loss wages and jobs, and excessive time and spending on the habit.
To learn more about addiction, please review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Certification and see if it meets your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Substance Abuse Counseling.
Addiction can destroy families. It is difficult to deal with when a family member is addicted. Learning how to help the family member through addiction without caving in to the addictive behavior is a difficult process for many family members. This is why it is crucial to know what line to walk when helping a family member overcome addiction. The family is important to helping an addicted person remain strong but sometimes the family may have to show tough love in order to help the person recover.
The article, “A family guide to addiction and recovery” from Recover Centers of America takes a closer look at how the family plays a role in recovery of the addicted and where to draw lines.
“Behind almost every person struggling with addiction, there is a family member—parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse, or another—who suffers too. Witnessing a loved one’s addiction is both a heart-rending and bewildering experience. Feelings of anger, guilt, sadness, and fear combine with desperation and helplessness, leaving you at times in a state of both panic and emotional paralysis.”
Please also review AIHCP’S Substance Abuse Practitioner Program and see if it meets your academic and professional needs and goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a certification in Substance Abuse Counseling.
Hypnosis can help the subconscious mind find inner healing for the body. It can re channel brain pathways to help the brain suppress bad behaviors. It can help the intuitive right side of the brain find peace and affect the left side of the brain to make better decisions. It is through this rewiring and the plasticity of the brain that the body can eliminate bad habits. One example is smoking.
The article, “Can Hypnosis Get Me to Quit Smoking?” from Healthline looks at what hypnosis is and how it can better retrain the mind and brain to deal with bad habits. The article states,
“It’s no wonder why so many people want to quit smoking. A 2019 research review Trusted Source showed that it’s the top cause of preventable illness and death in the world. Stopping can improve your health, but for many people, quitting is a huge challenge. There are many methods and products for quitting smoking. One that gets a fair amount of attention is hypnosis. Some people credit hypnosis with helping them quit”
Addiction and bad habits can be difficult to beat. Using hypnosis and imagery in a meditative stance can help one find solutions and new ways of processing cravings and reactions to those cravings. Hypnosis helps one find that state.
Please also review AIHCP’s Hypnotherapy Program as well as AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Programs. The programs are online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking four year certifications in Hypnotherapy or Addiction Counseling Training.
Addiction treatment plans differ and vary depending on the severity and type of addictions. For most substances, licensed counselors or professional therapists will prescribe certain medications, as well as supply certain behavioral therapies. Substance Abuse Counselors can play a role in guiding others at a lower level with basic guidance and encouragement and direction.
The article, “How Addiction Is TreatedA” by Ruth Edwards supplies an indepth look at a variety of treatment responses to a multitude of different drugs. She states,
“Addiction is a complex chronic brain condition that is characterized by substance abuse or repetitive engagement in preblematic behaviors, such as gambling, which then continues despite causing harm to yourself or others.1 It involves interactions between the brain, genes, and environmental factors. Common treatment approaches include behavioral therapies and medications. Different treatment options are recommended depending on the specific addiction, and in many cases, a combination of approaches is advised.”
The article then covers a myriad of different substances and recommended treatment plans. To read the entire article, please click here
Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a certification in Substance Abuse Counseling Training.
Losing sight of the opioid problem in the United States would be a great error considering the damage it causes to homes. The pandemic has taken much attention away from other issues, but as it continues and others are forced into isolation, substance abuse continues to rise even at a faster rate.
Thea article, “4 Reasons Why the Opioid Crisis Still Needs Our Attention” by Phil Walls looks at the problem and why society still needs to remain vigilant regarding opioid abuse. He states,
“There’s some evidence that issues related to the pandemic environment, including treatment delays and increased social isolation, may be contributing to an uptick in misuse. But there are other developments in the health care, pharmaceutical and workers’ compensation industries affecting both opioid usage and the parties responsible for paying for it.”
Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Counseling Training Program and see if it meets and matches your academic and professional goals. The program is online and independent study and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Substance Abuse Counseling.
A certification in Substance Abuse Counseling does not necessarily require a license in counseling especially if someone is working at a center under professional guidance or is utilizing it as a pastor and minister.
Addiction can tear families apart. It can lead to broken homes, abuse and theft. How to approach a loved one who is addicted is a tough situation. In some cases, the person may be a spouse, parent, sibling, or teen. This greatly affects the dynamics of the relationship. However, it is important to deal with the situation.
The article, “Dealing with a Loved One’s Addiction” from Island Now, looks at some important aspects of dealing with a loved one who is facing addiction. The article states,
“Addiction can be a challenging condition to deal with, especially when it concerns a loved one. The addiction process is gradual, so family members or friends rarely recognize it till it’s too late. In most cases, they subconsciously adapt to these changes till the addicted individual begins to exhibit extreme behaviors.”
Please also review AIHCP’s Substance Abuse Consulting program and see if it matches your academic and professional goals. The program is online and open to qualified professionals seeking a four year certification in Substance Abuse Counseling.