Bend Counseling & Biofeedback is dedicated to providing quality therapy and counseling services to individuals struggling with an active and debilitating addiction. We understand that addiction can have a devastating impact on an individual's life. Our goal is to provide every patient with the care and support they need in a safe, nurturing, and welcoming environment. Our experienced counselors are highly skilled in providing evidence-based treatments.

We recognize the importance of addressing the entire person when treating addiction - not just their substance use or behaviors. Ultimately our goal is to provide comprehensive care rooted in compassion so that each individual can effectively manage their journey toward recovery.

What Is Addiction?

Addiction is an unhealthy and destructive behavior that can take over a person's life. It involves becoming dependent on a specific activity or substance to experience pleasure or relief from tension. When someone becomes addicted to something, they often go to extreme lengths to get it and continue using it, even when the consequences are harmful.

Addiction can cause people to neglect their relationships, jobs, health, and other essential activities as they prioritize their addiction instead. With addiction comes withdrawal symptoms when someone tries to stop using the substance or doing the activity they are addicted to – these can be both physical and psychological. Addiction is a severe problem that needs professional help to overcome.

What Are the Most Common Types of Addiction?

The Most Common Abused Substances include:

  • Prescription medication
  • Illegal drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Opioids
  • Inhalants

Common Issues that Become Behavioral Addictions:

  • Eating disorders
  • Gambling
  • Video Games
  • Porn
  • Sex
  • Social Media
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What are the Four Largest Causes of Addiction?

1. Trauma

Traumatic experiences are known to be one of the leading causes of addiction. This could range from a traumatic childhood event experienced in early life that has had long-term effects on a person's mental health, or it could include events that happen to us in later life, such as the death of a loved one or serious injury. Trauma can lead people to seek out substances or activities that provide an escape, and over time this can lead to addiction if not appropriately addressed by seeking professional help.

2. Genetics

Genetics plays a vital role in addiction. People who have family members with a history of addiction may be more susceptible to developing an addiction themselves due to their inherited genetics or environmental influences they were exposed to growing up. Research suggests that genetic makeup is responsible for 40-60% of a person’s vulnerability to developing an addiction problem.

3. Depression

Depression is another leading cause of addiction, as it can leave people feeling isolated and without hope for the future. Those suffering from depression may turn towards drugs or alcohol to cope with their emotions and escape reality, leading to substance abuse issues over time if not addressed carefully and professionally.

4. Peer Pressure

Lastly, peer pressure is among the most common contributors to addiction formation among young people today. Whether it’s trying cigarettes for the first time or experimenting with drugs or alcohol at parties, many teenagers face frequent invitations from peers who encourage them to try new substances without considering their potential consequences down the line. As such, young adults who succumb to peer pressure often find themselves trapped in an addictive pattern before they even realize what’s happened—making professional assistance all the more necessary for breaking free from these damaging behaviors for good.

Signs Of A Possible Addiction Issue:

If you’re worried about yourself or someone close to you having an issue with addiction, there are several signs you should look out for, including:

Risky behavior – engaging in risky activities such as driving under the influence, using drugs or alcohol excessively, or participating in high-risk activities despite knowing the potential consequences.

Sores – physical sores on arms or hands caused by injections are often associated with drug use and can indicate substance abuse problems.

Weight gain/loss – sudden weight changes could be attributed to drug use, as some drugs can cause either weight gain or loss depending on the type used.

Addiction Has Consequences!

The consequences of having an addiction issue can range from minor inconveniences to devastating personal losses, depending on how severe it becomes and what action is taken against it early on. Some common consequences include:

Problems at school/work – when someone has an addiction problem, they may struggle with managing their study/school work due to feelings of anxiety and lack of focus caused by substance abuse issues. This can lead to poor grades, missed deadlines at work, being fired from jobs, etc.

Physical health issues – unsurprisingly, substance abuse comes hand-in-hand with various physical health complications such as liver damage from excessive drinking or heart problems caused by smoking cigarettes. Both can cause more severe problems if left untreated for too long. Patients may also develop psychological conditions resulting from drug abuse such as depression and anxiety which will require additional treatment alongside addressing their physical symptoms.

Neglected appearance – those struggling with addictions will often neglect their physical appearance as they put most of their energy into obtaining/using drugs instead, leaving them looking disheveled and unhealthy overall.

Changes in behavior – changes in behavior are frequently seen among those battling addictions, such as increased aggression when not getting what they want or becoming increasingly irrational during conversations.

Money issues – those suffering from addictions tend to go into debt quickly due to spending all their extra money on buying substances, increasing stress levels even further, eventually leading them into deeper financial troubles.

What is the Best Form of Therapy for Addiction?

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Bend Counseling & Biofeedback is a trusted resource for psychotherapy and provides a judgment-free zone for those battling addiction. We combine evidence-based techniques such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting, and Biofeedback to support individuals struggling with addiction.

This form of therapy creates an environment where individuals can explore their emotions, behaviors, and thoughts in relation to their addiction. During the sessions, clients are given the tools to make positive changes and overcome their addictions.

Get Help With Addiction from Bend Counseling & Biofeedback in Oregon

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, reach out to Bend Counseling & Biofeedback now. We provide compassionate and dedicated care for those dealing with addiction. In addition to providing in-person therapy sessions, we offer teletherapy appointments to individuals living in certain areas of Oregon.

We understand how difficult it can be to ask for help when dealing with addiction, which is why we strive to create a safe and welcoming environment where individuals can receive the treatment they need. We offer comprehensive support tailored to your needs, covering everything from assessment and diagnosis to evidence-based therapies. Don't wait any longer - if you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, call us at (541) 550-7940 or contact us via our convenient online form today so we can start helping you on the road to recovery.

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