Working with clients who have addiction takes a multilayer approach. People who have an addiction will have thought long and hard about making changes in their life and most will have attempted to stop engaging in their patterns of addictions.
Working with clients who have addictions takes time. Part of the process is working with the clients’ conscious mind. The conscious mind is where we can work on emotional triggers, behaviour modification, mindfulness, values, psycho education etc. These things are all really great places to start when working with clients who have addiction issues, but the other important part of the process in working with the subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind is the part of the mind that is not as easy to work with and requires a skilled psychotherapist. Through psychotherapy, the client will be guided to uncover the hidden motivations, payoffs and coping strategies that are keeping the addiction in place.
If you only work with the first part of the process, there is a high chance the client will keep having relapses, time and time again. Both parts of this process are equally important and need to be explored in depth for recovery to take place.
If addiction is something that you or a loved one is struggling with, find the time to contact Shannon Bowman from Create Balance Counselling and Psychotherapy. He is experienced in supporting people with addictions and can help you take your first steps on the road to recovery