Addictions & Psychotherapy
“Not all addictions are rooted in abuse or trauma, but I do believe they can all be traced to painful experience. A hurt is at the centre of all addictive behaviours. … It is impossible to understand addiction without asking what relief the addict finds, or hopes to find, in the drug or the addictive behaviour. … The attempt to escape from pain, is what creates more pain.”
– Dr. Gabor Maté, bestselling author, medical columnist for the Globe & Mail and physician working with addicted men and women in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.
Addiction can come in many forms and can negatively impact all areas in an individual’s life. Alcohol, drugs, sex, gambling, shopping and pornography are a few common forms of addiction.
Regardless of the type of addiction psychotherapy can help you understand what triggers the compulsion to engage in the behaviour and how to manage it.
Addictive behaviour is the outward expression of what lies hidden beneath – a pain and emptiness oftentimes too hard to bear, especially alone. Giving voice to this pain with a compassionate, understanding and experienced therapist is an important step in the process of overcoming addiction and restoring balance back into your life.
Please connect with a registered psychotherapist at PRS Toronto who can help you with addiction recovery. Browse our directory to find a therapist who you believe will be a good fit for you and reach out today.