While substance abuse may be the reason a person seeks treatment, in our experience, the addiction most often is an attempt to find relief from other symptoms such as untreated depression, uncontrolled anxiety, chronic stress or unprocessed trauma.
No one wants to suffer. When we experience unrelenting pain or anguish, we are hardwired to find a way to NOT feel it . Through this lens, we recognize that addiction develops when we compulsively seek relief from suffering with substances, alcohol or behaviors that temporarily numb us to what we are feeling. And while the addiction may mask our suffering in the short-term, the underlying conditions that are causing it persist, requiring more and more substance over time to avoid feeling the pain.