Addiction to anything can take over your life. It can be hard to think about anything else. Whether you want to stop or not, it can feel like everything is outside of your control. With addiction, it can be like your own body is working against you; keeping you from making any positive gains in your life. As cliché as this might sound, it ’s important to keep in mind that there is help. Our addiction specialists can help you to overcome not only your addictions but also work with you to discover and heal the deeper underlying trauma. Trauma and Beyond has professional addiction specialists who are dually trained in treating trauma and addiction in Sherman Oaks.
Addiction Help in Sherman Oaks
Overcoming addiction is not easy. No matter how much you are motivated to change it will be difficult alone. However, at the Trauma and Beyond Center, we can create individualized plans to support you. We will continue through the treatment process guiding your treatment collaboratively with you. Our team here at Trauma and Beyond have vast experience in dual-diagnosis treatment. Many of our clients have tried treatment before but did not achieve the results they were looking for until they were able to address the whole being through our integrative approach.
A Better Way to Cope
Addiction becomes the way that many addicts learn to cope with daily life. It becomes the new “normal,” and at some point, it may feel like you can’t function without your drug of choice. Using may be a form of self-medicating or substance abuse may be more periodic but still producing harmful consequences. The end result, though, is that individuals may learn to “cope” with problems, with pressures, with boredom, even with joy by using drugs and alcohol. They may not know how or forget how to solve problems or experience emotions without substances.
Removing the Band-Aid
Addiction masks underlying issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, feelings of isolation and insecurity. Helpful therapy is going to address these underlying issues at the same time as addressing the user itself. Addiction acts as a Band-Aid that masks or cover wounds that are too painful. However, the solution (the Band-Aid) then becomes its own problem.
Developing Healthy Habits
The development of any coping mechanism, even substance use, is meant to protect us or enhance our lives. Due to its protective qualities, it becomes necessary to replace and build new strategies for dealing with difficulties and life. Alcohol, drugs, gaming, social media, self-harm, sex, and other addictions may appear to resolve issues but ultimately create more dysfunction and limitations becoming large problems in and of themselves. In essence, our work becomes about helping you to develop new skills and strategies that are life enhancing rather than life-limiting.
When clients have an increased capacity to regulate their emotions, make healthier choices, and increase resiliency they are able to be more present in their lives and in the lives of others.
We’ve found that our patients who eventually develop the ability to do this have more fulfilling lives overall and no longer needs “band-aids,” to cover up their internal worlds.
At Trauma and Beyond our mind, body, spirit approach allows us to treat the entire person. You can start with this today. To move forward with your recovery or for any questions about our treatment please call us at (818) 651-0725. We can set up a free phone consultation, or you can go through our site.