Do you have a persistent need to consume a substance or commit an act which is overwhelming and irresistible impulse to act? You may need help or addiction counseling, or may be exhibiting compulsive behavior. Compulsive acts are preceded by obsessive, intrusive thoughts that compel a person to act, whereas an addiction is more of a habit that is not necessarily accompanied by obsessive thinking. Any compulsive behavior can become an addiction. Compulsive behaviors include chronic gambling, substance abuse, sexual addiction, hoarding, unrestrained shopping and spending, excessive exercise, internet gaming, eating issues, and other behaviors. A compulsive behavior becomes an addiction when the act is no longer able to be controlled and impairs a person’s ability to function socially, academically, and professionally.
Overcoming an addiction is no easy task, and it often feels as if an addiction is controlling every aspect of your life, whether this is drug addiction, gaming addiction, tobacco, or alcohol. A solution asserting control over addictive behaviors is available, but this is not easy to do on your own. To overcome addiction you will need assistance in regaining control of your life, and the best way to get help is through the guidance of addiction counseling and therapy for addictive habits.
Working with a therapist is one of the most effective treatments for managing addictive behaviors. There are many types of therapy suited to address behaviors that you may want to change. Psychotherapy is designed to help you identify uncomfortable feelings and sources of distress in order to change, grow, and get help with your addiction. However, psychotherapy is unlikely to provide addiction counseling unless you seek further assistance through a therapist for your compulsive and addictive behaviors. A therapist can help you address underlying causes of your addiction and/or compulsive behaviors, such as stress, trauma, past abuse and others.