of people have an addiction
of people have depression
of people have anxiety
of Americans who need treatment DON'T RECEIVE it
There are many different paths to happiness and recovery. This section will help you choose tools that are right for you.
- Emotional Enhancement Therapy
- Cognitive Approaches help you identify and change unhelpful and/or overly negative thinking patterns
- Physical Approaches (Healing the body to support the mind)
Addictions help people escape from (survive) unbearable pain, but they can also cause pain, depression and a variety of other issues. Addictions can be chemical (drugs and alcohol) or behavioral (sex, gambling, shopping, gaming, eating). Most support groups do not deal with mental health issues, which is a big cause for relapse among their members. Learn about addiction in all its forms, its functions and ways to recover.
Anger and anxiety are flip sides of the same coin. Both protect you when your brain thinks there is a threat, and are designed to prompt you to do something. Recovery from an overactive threat alert system involves learning about what those threats are, deciding if they are really, in fact, threats, and addressing the issue from there. Depression sets in when you feel hopeless and helpless to change.
Make Treatment Work for You
Many treatment programs and clinicians are one-size-fits-all. None of us are exactly the same size! For treatment to be effective it must:
- Help you learn more about your learning style and temperament so you can personalize your treatment. (Group or individual; discussion or reading; secular or spiritual…the list goes on.)
- Be based upon your strengths. You have survived until now. Learn how to strengthen your healthy coping strategies instead of reinventing the wheel.
- Address BOTH mental health and addictive or compulsive behaviors including but not limited to sex, gambling, shopping, food, drug and/or alcohol use. Addictive behaviors can cause depression and anxiety, and people often self-medicate depression and anxiety with addictive behaviors. Most people with a mental health issue also have some addictive behaviors and vice versa.
- Be available at the intensity needed for each person. Some people are struggling to make it an hour, while others are able to make it a week between appointments. Online support groups, self-help tools and Recovery Coaches make it easier and more affordable for people to get help and support between clinical appointments.
Happiness Isn't Brain Surgery with Doc Snipes is not treatment per se. Through this medium, Doc Snipes cannot diagnose or treat any mental health or addictive disorder. She can, however, help you identify which issues are bothering you, educate you about what may be causing those issues, suggest strategies to address those issues, help you ensure your change plan and relapse prevention plans are written effectively and help you stay motivated to work on those things you identify as important to you.
You can sign up for the Happiness Membership to get access to all of our text and video on-demand resources, or the Happiness Membership Plus Group which lets you attend a weekly interactive group psychoeducational session with Doc Snipes and participate in a Members Only Q & A. Learn More here or sign up here
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