Craving Control Therapy and Treatment in Bismarck, ND
What are the signs and symptoms of an addiction?
Addiction is a severe condition that affects the lives of millions of people every year. Signs and symptoms of addiction can vary depending on the type of addiction, but some common signs to watch out for include:
- a focus on the object of addiction
- difficulty controlling the use of the substance or activity
- tolerance and withdrawal symptoms
- changes in behavior or mood
- neglecting responsibilities and other activities
- continued use despite negative consequences.
If you or someone you know is exhibiting any signs of addiction, it is vital to seek professional help immediately.
What causes addictions?
Addiction is a complex condition caused by various factors, including biological, psychological, and social influences.
On a biological level, some individuals may have an altered brain chemistry that makes them more vulnerable to addiction.
Psychological factors can include unresolved trauma, stress, or a lack of coping skills that lead to an individual seeking out substances or behaviors to self-medicate. Social influences, such as peer pressure or a lack of support, can also contribute to addiction.
Ultimately, addiction results from various interrelated factors that can vary depending on the individual.
The dangers of addiction
Addiction is a severe problem that can have devastating consequences. It can cause physical and psychological harm and lead to financial and legal issues.
Addiction can interfere with relationships, work, and school performance and negatively affect health. It can lead to risky behaviors, such as intoxicated driving, and legal and social consequences.
Addiction can be difficult to overcome and take a long time to recover. It is essential to seek help from a professional if you or someone you know is struggling with addiction.
How does EMDR therapy help treat addiction and cravings?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is an evidence–based treatment that helps people with addiction and cravings. Through EMDR therapy, clients can learn how to manage their cravings and develop healthy coping skills.
EMDR therapy works by desensitizing and reprocessing traumatic memories that can cause a person to seek out addictive substances. During the EMDR therapy session, the therapist will guide the client through targeting specific memories and experiences associated with the addiction and then use eye movements, bilateral sounds, or tactile stimulation to help the client process the memories.
This can help the client gain insight into their experiences and perspective on the addiction, enabling them to develop healthier coping strategies and manage their cravings.
How does Dr. Brooks administer EMDR treatment for unwanted, emotionally driven, addictive cravings?
Dr. Brooks values humor in good taste and usually practices casually in blue jeans. He is hopeful that your experience with him will be rather enjoyable and that he will provide you significant relief from upsetting memories, fears and be able to assist you in reducing unwanted cravings, if any.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration of treatment by Dr. David Brooks at Dakota Trauma Therapy.
Dr. Brooks has been able to use EMDR therapy to counteract emotionally driven unwanted cravings and addictive tendencies. Dr. Brooks first wants to assist with resolving any residual trauma and specific fears and then when better adjustment is achieved, emotionally based cravings and addictive tendencies and be more readily remediated using EMDR therapy.