Counseling and psychotherapy are vital aspects of addiction treatment. No facet of the addiction can be ignored in order for someone struggling with addiction to recover. This is why both the physical cravings and mental cravings must be addressed by therapists or counselors. They teach the individual how to recognize mental cravings, their triggers, and how to overcome them. While the individual will have to overcome the physical cravings first, in the long run, they’ll have to overcome the mental components. If you’re struggling with addiction and need counseling and psychotherapy in Baltimore County, The Bergand Group can equip you with the skills you need to not be controlled by cravings.
The Importance of Treating Both the “Physical” and “Mental”
Both the physical and mental components of addiction are equally important because drug and alcohol addictions are triggered by both the body and the mind. Triggers present themselves in certain situations, such as being around friends who use the substance that the individual used to, visiting a place where the individual previously used, and experiencing stress or depression which may be challenging to overcome.
Psychotherapists are trained listeners so they bring your attention to negative thought patterns or cognitive disorders that keep you in a loop. You’ll learn how to redirect them or disregard them in more functional and positive ways. Psychotherapy can also treat other mental health conditions that are co-occurring with your addiction so antipsychotics or antidepressants may be a part of your treatment plan. If one component is ignored, it will continue to pose a threat to the long-term recovery of the individual.
The Bergand Group Offers Counseling and Psychotherapy in Baltimore County
We will work with you one-on-one to understand your personal, environmental, and social triggers. Our counselors will also help you work through behavioral and emotional issues so that you may make progress in your treatment. Though it’s not a quick or easy process, every time you sit down with your counselor you make progress towards your goal of a substance-free life. For more information or to schedule an appointment with us today, don’t hesitate to contact us.