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  • Writer's pictureDr. Laura Calnan

Why So Many Go to a Therapist for Addictive Disorders

Have you struggled with addiction or gone through a detox and rehab facility? Does it seem like there’s nothing you can do? The truth is that seeing a therapist can help significantly even after you’ve gotten clean and sober. After all, the goal then is to stay that way, to not just maintain sobriety, but to live a joyful, happy life, too. That’s just one of the reasons that so many folks see a therapist for addictive disorders (as well as any number of other reasons, too).

One Very Significant Way Seeing a Therapist for Addictive Disorders Can Help

Unfortunately, addiction is much more than just your physical dependency on a substance. Even once you’ve gone through rehabilitation, many of your triggers could still exist, in the form of social and psychological factors such as stress, people in your life, your environment, and so much more. Therapy can help you to better navigate those, to develop better habits and more so that you have the best chance for lasting success and happiness.

Changing Your Thinking for Good

Even the most conscientious person, who’s very serious about their recovery, will almost invariably find themselves in some sort of risky situation. However, a therapist can help you to better develop effective coping strategies and thought processes. That way, you’ll be prepared for more or less anything that life could throw at you. Each person who struggles with addiction may have entirely different triggers. So, it could be especially beneficial to go with a therapist who has experience in working with those who struggle with addiction. That way, they can draw upon that experience to provide the best therapy possible.

Advice and Support for the Rest of the Journey

Someone who’s gone through rehab may very well have a support system in place. However, after leaving the close-knit community of a rehab center, it’s very possible to feel a bit lonely, as if there’s no one they can turn to in their lives (or even talk to) about addiction-related issues. A therapist can be greatly beneficial here as well. Beyond that, a therapist can also help with providing advice on creating new, healthy relationships. That can do wonders for ensuring a lasting, successful recovery. The above are just a few of the many, many reasons that those struggling with addiction can find help from a therapist.

Beyond Therapy for Just Addictive Disorders

While Dr. Laura Calnan has many patients who have struggled with addiction, she also has many other clients of so many ages. In fact, she has years of experience in working with teenagers, too. Additionally, she provides therapy to adults and even young adults. Dr. Calnan fundamentally believes in emphasizing the inner process of healing, in aiding others through an authentic, accepting compassion. Healthier and more sustainable relationships really are possible, whether you’re looking for those with someone else or even yourself. To schedule a consultation, you can reach her through her site or call (818) 331-1131.


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