Vicki Traylor, MFT--Addiction Recovery

Addiction is usually the result of our failed attempts to meet legitimate emotional, or spiritual needs, often compounded by physiological or genetic factors. For example, if you are unable to get comfort from people you love, feel out of control or don't know how to cope with uncomfortable emotions you might attempt to meet these needs with food, controlling behaviour, overwork or alcohol. Recovery involves:

  • Understanding the emotional, social and physiological underpinnings of addictive behavior.
  • Uncovering and resolving issues that have been buried under addictive behavior.
  • Discovering what your real needs are, and how to fill those needs in direct and healthy ways.
  • Healing from shame and forgiving yourself and others.
  • Learning to accept support from other sources.
  • Letting go of the "habit".

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