Online Addiction Counseling Services
Online Counseling for Addictions and Substance Abuse via Skype: An effective and convenient choice
Get Help Online for Alcohol Addiction
Not everyone is comfortable with group meetings or 12-Step programs; many would prefer to manage their addiction online with the help of an online therapist. Also, residential programs are frequently very expensive and require a major commitment of time, sometimes months, before returning to the community. The success rate of many of these programs is also not as high as one might like or expect. There are now a growing number of studies showing that Online Addiction Counseling can be very effective.
3 Ways Substances are Abused Due to Mental Illness
Mental illness and addiction often co-occur, whether the addiction or the mental illness came first. Few people recognize or understand the link between these two conditions, making it easier for people with mental illness to develop an addiction.
It is important for loved ones to understand the connection between addiction and mental illness so that treatment can take place the moment addictive behavior is recognized. If permitted to continue, addiction can wreak havoc on a person with a mental illness. So, if someone you love has a mental illness, here is what you should know about addiction in relation to mental health.
Addiction Often Comes from Self-Medication
Self-medication is one of the most common culprits for addiction development. When a person has an untreated mental illness, they tend to seek their own methods of coping and treating the symptoms. Unfortunately, this often means abusing addictive substances.
Alcohol, for example, is socially acceptable and easily obtained. Its effects can make the symptoms of mental illness seem diminished when in actuality, the substance is making the disorder worse. As the self-medication continues, the symptoms grow worse, and the person feels the need to drink more in their attempt to control the symptoms. The best way to prevent this vicious cycle is to receive proper treatment and limit the symptoms the right way.
Substance Abuse Can Be Concealing a Larger Issue
For some, substance abuse is the only visible symptom. However, few people needlessly abuse a substance. If someone finds themselves using to the point of addiction, there is likely an underlying mental health problem such as depression or anxiety. The person may not even realize they have a mental illness, only that they feel better or more in control after using the substance. Addiction counseling is a good first step in discovering the underlying illness.
Substances Can Be a Form of Escapism
Many people experience bad circumstances. Whether they are chronically impoverished or a shunned member of society such as an ex-convict or LGBTQ person, negative circumstances can very easily lead a person to seek escape. When someone perceives their circumstance as hopeless and as though they cannot do anything to improve it, escapism is a common next step.
By abusing the substance, they can forget where they are and what misfortune they are experiencing. However, repeated abuse of these substances can actually cause a mental disorder to develop, making things even worse. Addiction treatment can help prevent the development of an illness, while rehab in combination with counseling is necessary for those who have already begun experiencing a co-occurring illness.
If someone you care about has a mental illness, it is important that you educate yourself on their illness as well as the potential risks that come with it. For many people with these illnesses, addiction and its consequences are a very real threat that can make a condition worse or even fatal.
Proper treatment is the only way to ensure the safety of your loved one. The moment you recognize dangerous behavior, seek help. Do not wait for things to get worse. Your support and concern can make all the difference in your loved one’s life.
At the end of the day, you will need to learn how to manage and defuse two types of emotion: The compulsive impulses to indulge, and the underlying core emotions that feed these addictions. This is where Online Mindfulness Therapy can be very effective - in helping you get on top of those powerful driving emotions before they get on top of you.
The first stage of learning how to manage these emotions is by changing your relationship to them. Our habit is to react and become the emotion. The emotion then takes hold and dictates our thinking (cognitive reactivity), our emotions (emotional reactivity), our behaviors (behavioral reactivity) and will also produce changes in the body (somatic reactivity) that can be very harmful if left untreated. So-called stress disorders are a very common feature of chronic addiction as is depression, anxiety and compulsive behaviors.
Mindfulness-based Counseling for Addictions
Mindfulness is a very special form of awareness that is fundamentally non-reactive in nature and expressly positive in outlook (not judgmental or based on aversion). Through training during the online Skype Therapy sessions, you will learn how to develop mindfulness and how to apply it to your impulse-emotions and your core emotions so that you naturally begin to break free from the patterns of habitual reactivity that feed the addiction. It is hard at first because the habit is so strong, but with practice you will begin to break free from the grip of your emotions, which then makes it possible to bring about healing of the core emotions that fuel the whole process.
Abstinence is not sustainable
If you pursue the path of total abstinence, you will avoid many of the issues associated with substance abuse, of course, but if you do not change the underlying emotional compulsion then you will forever be a victim and remain vulnerable to your addiction and the chances of a relapse will be very high.
During the mindfulness-based approach to addictions, you will actually be encouraged to meditate on a glass of whiskey or wine, or whatever, so that you can practice processing the addictive impulses that arise. You have to face these impulses directly if you want to break free from their grip, but mindfulness therapy gives you very effective tools for doing this successfully, rather than just an act of will-power, which is seldom sufficient to neutralize a habit.
With practice, the power of those impulses to control you will subside, and the less you indulge those impulses, the less you feed them, the weaker they become. It is totally possible for an addict to sit with a bottle and not be compelled to abuse the contents. In fact, the final step of the process of mindfulness-based addiction recovery will involve being able to take a drink, and know when enough is enough. Moderation is the goal rather than abstinence.
Learn More About Online Addiction Counseling
The Mindfulness Therapy approach that I teach via Skype sessions is very effective for healing and changing compulsive emotions and underlying anxiety, depression and problems with self-image and self-esteem. Most people see significant improvements after 6-12 sessions, and even after the first 3-4 sessions, you will notice a difference.
If you would like to learn more about online addiction counseling, please contact me and tell me about yourself.
Online Counseling for Addictions and Substance Abuse via Skype: An effective and convenient choice
ADDICTION COUNSELING ONLINE VIA SKYPE
Online Counseling for Addictions
Struggling with Addiction Recovery?
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Addiction Counseling Online - Whether you are suffering from alcohol addiction or other form of compulsive addictions, you can get effective counseling online via Skype using the Mindfulness Therapy approach
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Mindfulness-based Addiction Counseling
Welcome, my name is Peter Strong, and I am a online psychotherapist, teacher, and author. My specialty is Mindfulness Therapy, a very interesting and very powerful and quite unique approach to working with all forms of emotional suffering, whether it be anxiety, depression, stress, or addictions, including alcohol addiction.
Now, I'll give you a little overview of what mindfulness therapy is and also why do mindfulness therapy online. People are using the Internet more and more now to seek the help that they are looking for, for managing emotional problems. Using the interface of Skype, it's possible to have one on one sessions with your therapist or teacher, and it's really just as effective as being in an office with a therapist. The prime advantage of online therapy is mostly convenience. It's easier to schedule in a busy work day or when you have children to deal with at home. So convenience is a big factor. Secondly, it's easier to get access to a therapist, for example, if you're living abroad or if you are living in a rural community
where the options are limited, then an online therapist can be your best solution. And, as I say, for many people, it's just so difficult to leave home.
Another advantage of online therapy is the anonymity factor. Many people who are struggling with emotional problems and particularly with addictions is that they feel quite embarrassed about their addiction or anxiety or depression. They don't feel they can talk to anyone locally. It's something that they don't necessarily want to share in a group, either. Although group therapy is very useful and definitely recommended, because you can meet other people who are sharing the same problems that you are facing, so you have a commonality there that can be very, very beneficial. But nevertheless, when it comes to that personal work where you have to try and resolve the underlying emotional issues that you're struggling with in your addiction, then perhaps the group format is not quite what you need. You need something more. You need to work with a therapist.
Now, the style of therapy that I offer, mindfulness therapy, is very different than traditional talk therapy. It's not about talking about your emotions and trying to understand them and analyze them, and review your childhood and the history, and so on. No, this is quite different. Basically, it's about learning how to form a relationship with your underlying core emotions, the emotions that are driving your addiction.
What is it that makes you go to such extreme lengths to get that next hit of alcohol or substance abuse, or what is it that drives you to go out shopping yet again, or to go back to work to do just a bit more work? Work addiction is quite a big problem that goes unrecognized. And, of course, another huge area is eating disorders, binge eating. These are all attempts at trying to fulfill an underlying need, but as you know, that need can never be fully met by seeking an external solution. You get a slight moment, a slight hit of happiness, but it's so fleeting, and then it's gone, and then you're left with that emptiness again, and your desperate attempt to try and fill it again.
In mindfulness therapy, we work at two levels, really. First of all is managing the compulsive emotion itself, that terrible need in us, that yearning that drives you to your addictive behavior. That's one thing, one level, but the other level is, what are the underlying core emotions that are driving the addiction? That sense of emptiness, sense of guilt, sense of unworthiness, whatever it may be. That sense of meaninglessness, that dead feeling inside. This is what I work with using mindfulness therapy. And mindfulness is simply a very advanced form of awareness, originally taught by the Buddha over 2000 years ago, that allows you to really, really develop a relationship, the kind of bond of friendship, with your inner pain, the things that are driving your addiction.
You have to learn to make friends with it, because if you don't, you will never heal. If you fight it, you make it worse. If you ignore it, it persists. The only option left is to make friends with it, and this is different than acceptance. It's not about just saying, oh, there's nothing I can do with it, I have to accept it. No. This is about establishing a real friendship with the thing that you hate most. It's in that relationship that the real transformation that leads to freedom from addiction and freedom and resolution of that underlying neediness and pain, that's where it really happens.
So that's just a short introduction to this subject. If you'd like to learn more, please contact me through the website. Send an email to me, and let's discuss this further and see if online counseling, online therapy through Skype, is appropriate for you. Thank you. I look forward to meeting you.
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Online Therapy - an alternative to AA and 12-Step group meetings
Many people are ashamed of their alcohol addiction and would rather not join a group where they have to share their deepest and most painful secrets in front of others. This is why many addicts prefer some form of online counseling so they can work on their problem at home.
Group therapy can be very helpful, of course, for many reasons such as realizing that you are really not alone. Being able to share your experiences with someone who has the same issues is also very helpful. Most people do not really understand what it is like to be an addict, so talking with another addict can be helpful indeed. However, not everyone is comfortable with sharing their emotional suffering in public. Also, it may be extremely difficult to find the words to properly describe what you are feeling. For some, group sessions are just too intimidating and frustrating.
The other issue, is that although talking about your feelings is generally very helpful, providing someone is really listening, it is not necessarily enough, in fact seldom enough, to heal the underlying cause of your alcohol addiction or other form of addictive behavior. What is it that drives your addiction? What are the underlying core emotions? Guilt? Self-hate? Depression? These have to be healed if you wish to break free from your addictions.
Heal the Underlying Core Emotions that fuel Your Addiction
During Online Mindfulness Therapy sessions via Skype, we work together to help you discover the underlying emotions that are driving your addictions and heal them through cultivating a deep relationship with those emotions based on mindfulness and compassion. This approach really works; just as resistance and avoidance does not.
It takes work to overcome an addiction, but Mindfulness Therapy gives you the tools to overcome the compulsive impulses and cravings. It is a great advance on conventional talk therapy.
Online Treatment for Addictions
Most of the people know about the meaning of addiction. In this condition the person is addicted to anything and he/she can’t live healthy without it. There are many kinds of addition, which include drug addiction, Alcoholic addiction and many others. Let me example this concept of addiction to you with some examples many persons use readily available substances such as cigarettes or nonprescription pills, to alleviate anxiety, depression or insomnia. Even there is also a type of addiction, which is known as Food addiction. In this type of addiction the person is addicted towards foods such as morning cup of tea of coffee, which stimulates us, or an after dinner beverage, which relaxes us contain mind altering substances. In addition, the medical profession prescribes many substances to promote better health, cure variety of illness, at least relive painful symptoms as well. There are many other kinds of addiction, which we will discuss further. There is also online counseling for addiction as well which will help you to recover very soon.
What is Substance Abuse?
Scientist define a substance as any chemical that produces a mind altering or mood changing state in an individual following ingestion, injection or administration by any means. By this definition almost every person in this world is a substance user. Substance abuse is basically abuse of any chemical substance, which a person uses in an attempt to alter his state of consciousness. There are many people who use cocaine or alcohol to satisfy their needs of addiction so these people are called substance abusers.
Types of Addiction
Within few years, tobacco seeds had been spread throughout the western world. Two curious facts emerge from an historic account of the introduction of tobacco into a variety of different societies. First no culture that has begun to tobacco has given up the practice and second, no other substances has been found that develops a across tolerance with tobacco. This means that there is no known substitute for tobacco addiction. If tobacco smokers become addictive to opium or alcohol, for example they still smoke tobacco. It is very easy to lower or end the number of cigarettes smoked to about a dozen a day our online counseling for addiction will help you to get rid of this addiction.
In the early history of medicine alcohol was the main sedative however the newest class of sedatives is the minor tranquilizers. They are called minor to distinguish them from the minor tranquilizers used in the treatment of schizophrenia. Minor tranquilizers reduce anxiety while producing little sleepiness compared with similar dose of barbiturates. Both barbiturates and minor tranquilizers depress central nervous system alertness so individuals should not engage in hazardous work or operate a motor vehicle while under their influence.
Caffeine in coffee or tea is the most widely used stimulant in the world. Heavy users of coffee may experience physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms following prolonged use, If the substance is suddenly no longer available. The main psychological effect is to relive drowsiness, dampen fatigue and speed up thinking and motor activity. Caffeine also increases heart rate, blood pressure and other autonomic functions. There are other stimulants however that is less benign, One of these, called coca was originally discovered by Spanish explorers. The active ingredient in coca leaves is the alkaloid cocaine. Short after cocaine was isolated from coca leaves, it came to the attention of a young neurologist by the name of Sigmund fraud. He experimented with cocaine to relive depression, fatigue and other neurotic’s symptoms in himself.
The physiological effects of narcotics are quite complicated. One effect of narcotic use is to make persons more tolerant of pain and less anxious. The main treatments for narcotics are hospitalization, withdrawal of drug or methadone maintenance.
Estimates are that over half of the population of United States consumes alcohol in some form and about 10 million persons are believed to be heavy users of alcohol. For some reasons males are about four times more likely to use alcohol heavily than females, although recent studies suggest that heavy alcohol use is increasing among females. According to world’s health organization, alcohol abusers are defined as Excessive drinkers who are so much dependent on alcohol.
Signs of Alcoholism:
- Excessive use of alcohol
- Psychological or behavioral disturbance due to alcohol use
- Disorders of social and economic functioning
- Loss of control
- Medical problems such as liver and kidneys
Online Therapy for Addiction
If you are addicted to one of these things mentioned above, then you don’t need to worry because you are on the right website. We will provide you the best online treatment for addictions, which will help you to recover from this problem as soon as possible. If you have any kind of addiction we will provide you the best online counseling for addiction according to your problem. We have thousands of satisfied patients who were addicted to different substances and now because of our proper guidance they are living a peaceful and happy life. In our online therapy for addiction we will guide you about social learning treatments programs, which are very effective and very helpful. One main challenge of the future is to be able to identify those who are likely to turn to drugs and develop techniques to help them prior to their heavy involvement. We will play vital role in their lives to stop them from addiction and we will assure them a bright future. In our online counseling for alcohol addiction we will make listen to your problem and we will guide to very well and proper and we assure you that you will get rid of this addiction soon after contacting us. If you are alcoholic addict or any other drug addict then don’t feel shy to contact us because we have qualified and well experienced persons who will handle your problem easily. The reason why you should contact us is that we are affordable as compared to others and our first priority is to take you out of your problem very soon. For us the trust of our patient is very precious. If you have any type of family problems and you don’t want to show or tell about your ongoing treatment to others then don’t worry because of our online therapy for addiction you will live normal life after a short time period.
Here is a testimonial from a client who went on to form a blog site for people recovering from alcohol addiction (ialcoholrecovery.com).
"I first heard word "mindfulness" while staying in rehab for alcohol addiction treatment. I never knew back then how important this word will become to my recovery. Unfortunately most rehabs base their addiction treatment on 12 step program (it hasn't really worked for me) and mindfulness takes a second place if not last. After rehab I was left intrigued by the whole idea. Some things just have stuck with me so I started to explore them on my own, but it turns out that this practice is so big that soon I found myself lost in the sea of possibilities.
I needed someone to guide me because its a journey of changing everything you have ever known. It has been my key to sobriety. Needless to say all my roommates from rehab have relapsed, all five of them. None of them have considered mindfulness as their recovery program.
Peter Strong is a true master when it comes to mindfulness. He has unique ability to use his knowledge about this practice to tailor it specifically to the problem I am having.
Our sessions are very personal and his personality is easy to talk to. I am somewhat a loner so I have hard time opening up to people but I felt safe and comfortable with him. He is very responsive to my needs and a great influence to my sobriety. I personally feel like he would be great fit for someone who wants to deal with his/hers problems discreetly like me without drawing any attention to themselves. Meetings using internet lets me do that.
Unlike alcoholics anonymous, mindfulness gave me the tools to put me in control of my recovery. It helped me to battle countless mood swings, alcohol cravings, anxieties, frustrations, loneliness, disappointments, the list goes on and on. Its all thanks to Peter who gave me the tools at the exact moment when I needed them the most.
I can openly say that if you are not willing to give a try to his guidance you are robbing yourself out of the most amazing eye opener of your entire life. Thanks for reading!"
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Addiction Counseling Online. I now provide an Online Therapy Service to help people work through difficult emotional habits and addictions. Mindfulness Therapy Online is definitely worth considering and I invite you to contact me to learn more. It is easy to get started. Simply email and ask your questions and, when you are ready, you can schedule a session.
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