Using a substance abuse treatment program to avoid substituting addictions
Using a Substance Abuse Treatment Program toAvoid Substituting AddictionsJanuary 25, 2013| Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 May, 2013 13:27In its most basic form, Addiction is a need for something that triggers a chemical process that results inan altered state of being. What that something is doesn’t matter. Cocaine, Heroin, Meth, Pills, Ecstasy,anything that alters your state of being will suffice. Our preferences for one thing over another are apersonal matter, but it all has the same result: altering how we experience the world.“Process Addiction [. . .] will end in your death, just like every other drug you have done.”Now, what if I were to tell you that you didn’t need to do any substance to alter your state of being?You could pass every drug test while still destroying your life and that of everyone around you. Soundawesome? It’s not. It’s called a “Process Addiction” and it will end in your death, just like every otherdrug you have done.Process AddictionA Process Addiction is a need to engage in certain behaviors, regardless of the risk to your well being.An example being Gambling Addiction. The Gambler knows the odds are against him ever winningenough to completely cover his losses, but he keeps going regardless, because each small win he or shemakes, makes the gambler feel good. It triggers a Chemical Process in the brain, the same way thatdrugs do.In a way it is more insidious than a drug addiction because the behavior doesn’t need an outsidesubstance to be obtained and the only way to detect it is through constant observation. Since some ofthese behaviors aren’t illegal to practice, Process Addiction may seem to have less severe consequencesthan Substance Addiction. This is a fallacy.Process Addiction is just as destructive as Substance Addiction, with many similar consequences andbehaviors. Gambling, Sex, Food, Work, all of these behaviors and many others can become ProcessAddictions. They all trigger a chemical release in the brain that affects how you feel after engaging inthese behaviors and that feeling is what becomes addictive.Breaking the MoldBreaking the pattern of a Process Addiction is difficult but then again so is breaking any AddictivePattern. It can be done with help, therapy, medication, and support. In order for any of that to workthough, the person has to have a sincere desire to quit. That is the most essential part of recoveringfrom any addiction, the desire to stop using, otherwise any progress is temporary. Very few people areable to overcome Process Addictions without some type of outside help. Hypnosis, NLP, andtraditional therapy are all effective tools in combating Process Addictions.At Lifescape Solutions, we use all three of these methods to help our clients maintain abstinence fromboth Drug and Process Addiction, and to help them overcome the underlying causes of their Addiction.Few people turn to drugs and alcohol without some reason and losing yourself in a Process Addiction is
the same principle; you engage in behaviors to feel better and get that chemical release in your brain.We also have a Recovery Coach program for those who wish to participate in it. It gives you access tosomeone with the training and clean time to help you make decisions and encourage you to livepositively.