Questions about addiction come up frequently in therapy. Many people have a difficult time identifying as addicts because of the stigma associated with the word. It’s not easy to accept that one might have a life-controlling problem.
Some clients, especially those who have had experience in Twelve Step recovery, identify freely as addicts. For others, the realization that they might be struggling with an addiction dawns more slowly. Eventually, they open up about what has brought them into therapy, and how their specific “presenting problem” is affecting:
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