Addiction Treatment

Addiction treatment will address compulsive behaviors that reveal excessive dependencies on various substances or other problem areas with which a person cannot control their usage or behavior in private or public. If suffering from drug, alcohol, or pornography addictions, seek help. Do a search online for treatment through Christian counseling. A dependence on any of these substances or feelings can bring about a stronghold in one's life. It can be so obsessive that it hurts everyone. Sometimes addictive behavior changes a person and can destroy faith. Vital to recovery is seeking God for answers and help in overcoming addictions. Many people feel so ashamed of their behavior that they do not seek help. Understanding that those who suffer from drug addiction, pornography addiction or alcohol addiction behavior are not alone is essential to recovery. Shame and guilt can add to obsessive behavior and create additional problems. Family members need to understand that their suffering loved one needs to be made whole. Solutions are available on the Internet. There are Christian organizations that specialize in treatment for many types of dependency whether they are drug, alcohol or a pornography addition.

God provides healing for those who come to him. Have another Christian as a prayer partner to tackle personal weaknesses. Drug addiction is an ever-increasing problem today. Many times it only takes using certain drugs one time to become dependant on them. If drug overuse is existent in one's life, then detoxification may be necessary before the healing process can begin. Washing the drugs from the body's system and receiving essential counseling and help to combat the desire for more, is very important in overcoming the dependency. Addiction treatment for drugs may be able to be accomplished on an outpatient basis but often; residential treatment in a facility may be necessary. Alcohol addiction is similar to drug dependency. No problem is too big for Christ. If we ask him, he will provide strength to overcome any obstacle. Sometimes he uses others to help us to overcome these physical dependencies. Pray and seek Christ, he will show you the way to proceed. To learn more about God through His Word, click here.

Pornography addiction problems have increased as the access to porn sites has become easily accessible through the Internet and is as destructive as drug addiction. Pray as David did after committing adultery with Bathsheba, to have a clean heart. Seek counseling through a Christian organization or a church. The first step is recognizing the pornography addiction. Oftentimes because of shame one may not seek help through one's own church. However, don't let that prevent seeking help elsewhere. There are many organizations online that offer Christian counseling as well as Christian psychiatrists. Also essential is joining a Christian based recovery program when seeking solutions to escape the dependency. The body of Christ needs to be educated about pornography addiction. Attend workshops in a church that offers practical biblical training to men and women to help them to keep themselves free from sexually inappropriate behavior such as attraction to pornography.

Relationship addictions may manifest themselves through obsessing over another individual. If one becomes sexually or emotionally attached to a person without taking the time to become acquainted or if afraid to be alone or fear being abandoned, involvement in abusive relationship after abusive relationship, or confusing love with obsession and trying to control another individual may all be signs of uncontrollable dependant behavior. A feeling of emptiness urges many to keep looking for another individual even while already dating someone. Finding oneself analyzing the relationship to the point that there is a constant dissatisfaction sometimes manifests after losing a spouse through death or divorce. Understanding why one feels a certain way will bring light to a dark situation. There is a grieving process and it takes time to heal. Addiction treatment will bring healing for a relationship dependency by looking to Christ for the answers. He can heal the broken hearted, bind up the wounds, and set the hurting free.

Addiction treatment through Christian based counseling is found on the Internet. Some sites offer hard copy literature to use with interactive programs. The Scripture gives us hope that, as Christians we can come to God with our sins and problems and he will help us. When we become a new creature in Christ we are no longer slaves to sin or behaviors such as drug addiction. We must allow the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, to counsel us, to perfect the fruits of the spirit. Through the power of the Holy Spirit and Christian fellowship we can find addiction treatment that is lasting. "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God." (Romans 6:12-13)

Biblical Help With Depression

Help for depression, or depression treatment comes in several forms once a patient has been diagnosed, but sometimes the symptoms are masked by something else so that the patient doesn't recognize what is wrong right away. This illness can be described as a lasting sad mood, and/or loss of interest or pleasure in most activities. Some of the specific symptoms include changes in appetite or weight; changes in sleep patterns; restlessness or decreased activity that others notice; loss of energy, or feeling tired all the time; hard time concentrating or making decisions; feelings of worthlessness or guilt; and repeated thoughts of death or suicide. For someone to be diagnosed as clinically depressed, five or more of those signs of this mental state must be present, and at least one of the first two main symptoms of the illness, and they must have existed for at least two weeks. Clinical depression will be serious enough to cause worry by family members, and will interfere with the patient's work, social life, or daily life. There are often physical symptoms that accompany this illness such as problems with digestion: dry mouth, nausea, constipation and, less commonly, diarrhea.

This is a puzzling illness, as far as knowing its causes and knowing why some people are afflicted with the problem while others are not. There are times when the illness seems to have been caused by a stressful event, but other times when there seems to be no reason at all for the illness occurring. There is some evidence that genes could be responsible in some cases because people who have blood relatives who have had this problem are more likely to have it too. However, not everyone related to a depressed person will suffer from the illness. The good news is, help for depression is available.

Depression treatment can take several forms. Because there now seems reason to believe this illness could be linked with an imbalance of a chemical in the brain called serotonin, antidepressant medicines that correct that imbalance are a good source of help for this problem. There are several such medicines available, so it may take trying several before the right prescription is found for a particular person. Talk therapy can accompany medication or can be used as a treatment by itself, depending upon the circumstances. There are two kinds of talk therapy approaches. One is interpersonal therapy, and the other is cognitive-behavioral therapy. Help in the form of interpersonal therapy has the patient talking to the therapist about personal relationships that both cause and worsen their depressed state. Events that have happened over the years may have contributed to the onset of the disease, and help for depression may be largely a matter of viewing those events or people in a different way. The trained psychologist or psychiatrist can help the patient see how to extricate himself from a bad situation, or understand how to cope with it more effectively. For more information on similar topics, visit these resources.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy as treatment is the other talk therapy mode. Teaching the patient how to unlearn the patterns of behavior he has fallen into that exacerbate or perhaps are the result of the mental problems. Talking about the difficulties in life and trying to work them out is very valuable and revealing. Through depression treatment, a person can find new ways of dealing with life's problems.

There are three phases of treatment when medication is used. Phase one is the acute phase, when medication begins, and improvement should be seen within 6 to 8 weeks. If no improvement is seen, an adjustment in medication is probably needed. This phase of treatment lasts for the first 6 to 16 weeks a person is on the medication. Phase two is the continuation phase. Medication is continued for 16 to 20 weeks after the first symptoms subside. Medication should be continuing during this phase at the same rate as in the acute phase. Treatment phase three is the maintenance phase. The purpose of this phase of help for depression is to prevent another episode of the illness. Treatment continues as before, and will continue until the healthcare professional says to stop.

Psychologists estimate that nearly two-thirds of the people who suffer from the illness are not getting the depression treatment they need, and the reasons are many. Since the symptoms often mimic physical ailments, misdiagnosis is the most common reason for people not getting help. There is still a social stigma attached to someone seeking help for the illness, so depressed people will avoid treatment for that reason. Sometimes the symptoms are so disabling that people affected cannot reach out for help.

Everyone feels sad at one time or another, and sometimes we are tired from working, or discouraged over the problems in our lives, but those feelings usually go away after a few weeks as we make adjustments. It is when those feelings do not go away, and interfere with the ordinary conduct of our lives that this illness is probably present, and depression help should be sought. God understands that sadness is a part of our lives, and we should seek help for depression. Jesus only admonishes us about using a sad countenance for sympathy when he says "Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward." (Matthew 6:16)

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