So How can I treat my addiction?
Addiction is more complex than other mental health issues. It is best to use a holistic approach when treating addictions. This includes; individual therapy, group therapy, support groups, engaging in neurofeedback or taking medications, and maintaining positive physical health. Individual therapy is very important. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help address day-to-day habits and struggles and formulate a plan for short-term success. And I use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy to address symptoms of addiction by desensitizing day-to-day triggers. After using these techniques and recovery is maintained for a period of time, I use EMDR to address underlying trauma which then allows the potential for long term recovery.
*note-depending on severity, a more complex treatment plan may be recommended