ADDICTION & COMPULSIVE BEHAVIORS

Addiction: A Complex Problem

“Addiction is an attempt to solve a life problem. Only secondarily does it begin to act like a disease. The question we must ask is not why the addiction but why the pain?” ~ Gabor Mate

Addiction is a complex process that involves brain, body, emotions, psychology and social relationships. It describes any behavior where a person craves and finds temporary pleasure or relief, but suffers negative consequences and is unable to give it up despite them.

Addiction can be substance-related (alcohol, cigarettes, drugs) or involve behaviors like sex, gambling, eating, shopping, work, extreme sports, relationships, or the internet. It’s not the activity itself, but whether it provides temporary relief, creates cravings, leads to negative consequences, and becomes difficult to give up.

Over time, these behaviors can cause pain and suffering. When drug, alcohol, or behavior use increases problems and feels out of control, it may be addiction.

Talking About Addiction

Talking about addiction can be difficult. We approach these conversations with compassion and without judgment. We can help you determine if you have an addiction and understand your story and struggles.

At Best Life Therapy, we offer support through therapy, medication management, moderation management, and support groups (AA, SMART Recovery) to help you address addiction.

Addicted Family Systems

Addiction is not an individual disease; it affects the entire family. Watching a loved one struggle can cause fear and frustration.

Family therapy can help resolve family issues and improve communication. Facing issues and addressing resentments can restore balance and family well-being.

Since addiction is a family disease, family members can unknowingly enable or play a vital role in recovery with the help of a family therapist. Family therapy can be an integral part of recovery for both the addicted person and the family unit.

At Best Life Therapy, we support loved ones struggling with addiction. Sharing difficult emotions in a safe therapeutic environment can be transformational for family and individual recovery.

Best Life Therapy

Why Chose Us

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Our Mission

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Our Vision

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Who We Are

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Get The Help You Need

You’re plugging away at your day-to-day life. Doing your best to take care of your responsibilities, caring for others, but taking care of yourself has fallen to the bottom of the list. Life inevitably has ups and downs, but there should be balance. The downs shouldn’t last this long or take up this much space. ​You can’t help but think:

  • Why does everything feel flat?
  • How much longer will I feel like this?
  • If I can just get over this one thing, I know I’ll feel better.
  • Can I overcome this on my own?
  • Why are my relationships in conflict?
  • I’m stuck

You want to feel a significant change, but it hasn’t happened yet. Feelings of disappointment and frustration bubble up. You just want to feel better. ​

By connecting with one of our therapists. At Best Life Therapy, we are an exceptional team of clinicians that provide online therapy, also known as virtual therapy or teletherapy, in California. We share a vision for a comprehensive and holistic approach to modern mental healthcare. Your therapy should feel collaborative….

Meet Our Therapists

When you’re ready to seek support in addressing
your mental health it’s important to have confidence
in your therapist. At Best Life Therapy, we have
highly qualified and professional therapists for you to
partner with. Our skilled and compassionate
team is here for you.