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.
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.
The struggle with addiction is an uphill battle. Asking for help is not always easy because getting the help you need is often overwhelming. A substance abuse counselor will talk with you, so you won’t feel like you’re all alone. They will ask questions and find out what causes your addiction. The problems of addiction are the withdraws, the dependence and the strain it puts on your life. Locating the root cause of your addiction is necessary for long-term recovery. Treatment facilities are also available, and the staff is on call to help you every step of the way.Once you are abstinent from the substance, they will teach you how to stay sober. The substance abuse counselor will explain what behavior you should avoid. You may need to undergo radical changes in past behaviors and/or associations with friends. The recovery will take some effort on your part, but you will be happy you stuck with the program. There are other substance abuse patients who can relate what you are going through, and they can provide moral support.
If you know anyone reaching out for support with their addictions then you should find a way to get them the help they need. Many communities and churches have support groups like AA and other guided groups to show people that they do not need to have their lives ruined by substance abuse. For more information on becoming a substance abuse counselor please check out our site. Bruce Gideon