The term ‘addiction’ has evolved over the years to include more than just alcohol & drugs. Today, addiction encompasses a host of behavioral concerns that include internet, gambling, sex, exercise, shopping, work, pornography, video games and smoking. It is historically defined as a physical and/or psychological dependency on a mood-altering chemical (alcohol, heroin, prescription drugs, etc.) or behaviour (sex, gambling, internet, etc), although it can also be viewed as a continued involvement with a substance or activity despite the negative consequences associated with it.
It is not uncommon for individuals struggling with an addiction to alcohol or drug issue to also be experiencing distress in other areas. These include but are not limited to: depression, anxiety & fear, adjustment concerns, trauma & PTSD, relationship issues, grief & loss, sexuality concerns, and early childhood abuse. Trying to feel better the individual self-medicates with alcohol and drugs or perhaps one of the other addictions (ie: gambling, pornography, etc). In other cases, the addiction (alcoholism or drugs) is the primary condition which over time can lead to depression, anxiety, or more severe emotional problems.
Addiction to substances or activities can sometimes lead to serious problems at home, work, school and socially. The causes of addiction vary considerably, and are not often fully understood. They are generally caused by a combination of physical, mental, circumstantial and emotional factors.
WalkinTalkinTherapy offers a unique approach that assist individuals in becoming more aware of current behaviors and thought processes. While scientists have long known that exercise can temporarily boost serotonin levels and improve mood, the latest research shows it can have a deeper and more lasting effect when combined with talk therapy. Advocates of the combined approach say that being active during the session helps clients to relax and open up. Clients say they find it easier to open up while being embracinglooking forward and walking, rather than staring the therapist in the eye.
I offer compassion, understanding and a practical approach to recovery. You’ll receive encouragement in the process of spiritual renewal and self-awareness, emotional support to develop awareness of how addiction has impacted your life and support in working to heal the relationships that have been strained due to the addiction.
Jeffrey H. Carter is a therapist specializing in the treatment of addiction.
Serving the Greater Philadelphia Area including: Montgomery County, Philadelphia County, Bucks County, Glenside, Jenkintown, Abington, Wyncote, Elkins Park, Willow Grove, Huntingdon Park, Bethayres, Horsham, Warminster, Flourtown, Ft. Washington, Wyndmoor, Chestnut Hill, Ambler, Oreland, Hatboro, Rockledge, Dresher, and North Philadelphia.