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COPING WITH ADDICTION


Many of us bargain with ourselves around our addictions. "This is the last time. After this time, I'm quitting forever!" We make these promises to ourselves over and over. But every time, something deeper takes hold. By the time an addiction takes over your life, it's no longer a question of willpower. Our addictions are symptoms of deeper problems, an underlying pain that has not yet been addressed.

Many behaviors can become potential addictions: drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, pornography, food, work, shopping. The list is seemingly endless.

  • Do you consistently avoid feelings of emptiness by losing yourself in whatever gives you pleasure?
  • Do you feel guilty about certain habitual behaviors? How often do you think about quitting them for good?
  • Are you honest with others about how often you engage in these behaviors, or do you try to hide them?

Most people aren't aware of their addiction until the problem has become severe. Unfortunately, addictions are barriers to emotional intimacy in our relationships. We might be hide our addiction for years before things become bad enough to be noticed by loved ones. At that point, the habits become so ingrained that it becomes difficult to stop the behavior.

If you are struggling alone and in secret, please consider reaching out to me.  I'd like to help.

 
Are You Seeking Counseling?
 
I am professional counselor, licensed by the State of Texas.  If you are interested in meeting with me, I offer a 30-minute free consultation.  Studies suggest that the one of the most important healing factors in therapy is a good personality match.  We can use this time to talk about what's troubling you and see if I am the best person to fit your needs.  To schedule an appointment, please send me an email.  I'd like to help.

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Tom Bolls, MA, LPC
Psychotherapist
8500 North MoPac Expressway #820
Austin, Texas 78759
(512) 468-7832

 

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