Addiction & Habit Change

"The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection" - Johann Hari

We have been taught that if you have behavior you want to change, you need to focus all your effort on stopping bad or unhealthy behavior. We have failed to spend time talking about what it looks like to really develop healthy and lifegiving habits. If you are starving, you may eat out if the garbage. Instead of spending all your time trying to stop eating garbage, it would make the most sense to spend it learning to eat rightly and finding ways to deal with the starvation of unmet needs.

Addiction affects every part of our life, and has often and accurately been described as a radical commitment to escape reality. We are wired to belong and to bond, and when we are feeling in ways we don't know how to process, we often find a way to bond with something that can comfort, calm, or sooth us.

Common Addictions we work with are: 

  • Pornography

  • Sexual behaviors & Masturbation

  • Food & Sweets

  • Exercise & Body Image

  • Alcohol, Marijuana, & other substances 

  • Gaming

  • Screen Use

  • Smart Phone

If you or your loved one is struggling to make sense of your behavior and needs to change current habits, please don't wait any longer to get help. Here at North Family Counseling, we do things differently in this arena. Set up your free consultation to find out more! Check out this video below to learn more about addiction

DeTUR Protocol for EMDR

A specific and specialized type of EMDR therapy used specifically to desensitize urges and triggering related to the addictive process. It is used as a brief treatment method to quickly and effectively change the trigger response process in the body related to addiction, and has been validated by empirical research.

Come in for a consultation to talk further about how we wok with our clients to increase felt sense of freedom, control. and emotional presence in their life.

Check out one of the most viewed TED talks of all time!

"Working with Jenny was a life-changing experience. She helped me navigate through the road to recovery, and provided me with not only encouragement but some real life tools that I could apply to my everyday life."

- Female Recovering from Alcohol Addiction