Addiction Counseling in Paradise Valley

Posted by admin on September 17, 2011

In so many ways, addiction counseling in Paradise Valley is similar to addiction counseling in Scottsdale. Both are upper middle class with a significant level of disposable income. My focus in on how this affects our children, with the emphasis on our young adults.

This story centers around three young adults. They lived on the corner of our street, and for the most part, were pretty good neighbors. They partied hearty, were polite when I came to the door.

One day I noticed that all three were dented in very unusual places. Later that day as I drove past them again, I understood. Now, these weren’t just run-of-the-mill cars. They were quite expensive: a Porsche, a Mercedes SL and a Jaguar. Mom and dad had money.

As for the dents, these guys would get drunk, stoned and boot each other’s, cars. I witnessed the latter on one occasion. It blew me away. Beautiful cars, and in all honesty, I was pretty disgusted.

It’s almost cliché’ the rich, self-absorbed, overcompensating for time not spent with their children. My point, however, is that these behaviors lead to inappropriate coping skills like alcohol and drug abuse. Eventually, we cross the line from abuse to addiction, and the brain has permanently changed. There’s no going back and will power will not get the job done.

Dependency is about the brain permanently changing. Daniel G. Amen, M.D. wrote a terrific book entitled: “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life”. Dr. Amen is a clinical neuroscientist, child and adolescent psychiatrist, and medical director of the Amen Clinic for Behavioral Medicine in Fairfield, California. His work does not deal exclusively with addiction. In his bestseller, “you’ll see evidence that your anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures in the brain work.

Depression counseling, anxiety counseling and trauma counseling address issues that almost always accompany addiction or dependency and address many of the brain’s biochemical dynamics mentioned above. After a thought, the brain releases chemicals. If we didn’t know better, we might freak-out subsequent to a sad thought. Oh my God; there’s water pouring out of my eye sockets! Naturally, we know that as crying, but the process is the same. Once we become aware of what we’re thinking, we will realize that our thoughts have a dynamic impact upon how we feel and how we behave.

Addiction counseling in Paradise Valley, much like addiction counseling in Scottsdale, has its challenges, beyond the biochemical changes to the brain. This clinician has become quite adapt at communicating with parents, teenagers and young adults. Quite often, when enabled, kids feel out of balance, and oftentimes not knowing how to express these feelings, particularly since this has been continually reinforced over the years, becoming their “normal”. There are few things that break this cycle, besides professional intervention.

D.J. Diebold, CAC, LISAC is a board certified, state licensed psychotherapist, specializing in addictions. For Addiction Counseling in Paradise Valley D.J. can be reached at (480) 650-1020.

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