CATEGORY: Addictions > Overcoming an Addiction 26 articles

Anorexia, Bulimia, Drug Addiction, Alcohol Addiction, Gambling Addiction, Relationship Addiction, Sexual Addiction, Internet Addiction, Workaholics, Shopaholics, are all examples of the various types of addictions that people struggle to overcome. Learning to stop the negative behaviors and manage their thoughts and feelings in healthy ways can be challenging. Some people will be able to stop on their own others need additional support. To facilitate the change process, we have created self-help tips that can be accessed in the privacy of your own home. In addition, we offer counseling services in Philadelphia at the Center for Growth, in Center City. We work with individuals (and where appropriate their families) to help you overcome your addiction. Our goal online is to provide you, the reader with as many tools as possible to help you in this recovery process. Change requires internal motivation . Sometimes keeping a spiritual journal can help people reconnect with themselves and start the process of reclaiming their integrity. Learning to let go of perfectionism and  letting go of expectations and taking things one day at a time can also be helpful. Want more support? Schedule an appointment today with a therapist at the Center for Growth / Therapy in Philadelphia. Help is available. 267-324-9564.

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When Porn Becomes a Problem

Posted by: Melvin Tillman, MA

            Sex is a natural behavior that can feel great, relieve stress, and strengthen relationships.  However, like most subjects, it can have negative consequences.  Porn is no different.  Sexual attitudes…


Healthy Narcissism

Posted by: Aimee Wood, LCSW

Healthy Narcissism 

The concept of healthy narcissism isn’t often talked about or even encouraged. When narcissism is discussed, it tends to be painted as something negative. You hear stories of narcissists…


Re-framing the Concept of Boundaries

Posted by: Aimee Wood, LCSW

Boundaries: Re-framing the concept

The term boundaries means the limits you set with others based on what you feel most comfortable with; this can be physically, emotionally,intellectually, sexually, the list goes…


The Addictive Family System

Posted by: Aimee Wood, LCSW

Center for Growth / Addiction Recovery in Philadelphia:  The Addictive Family SystemGrowing up a part of a family, it’s easy to believe that how you are raised and what you…


Letting Go of Expectations

Posted by: Aimee Wood, LCSW

Opening Yourself Up to More by Letting Go of Expectations

Do you find yourself often disappointed when things don’t go your way? Do you find yourself constantly disappointed by friends…


Having a conversation to assert your boundaries.

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

After identifying that you have a boundary that has been crossed it is essential to express your new needs to others. This tip is designed to help…


Quick Boundary Tips

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Once you have Identified Your Boundaries, you are ready to share them with others and express your feelings about the relationship and your boundaries


Identifying Your Boundaries

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Boundaries are “guidelines, rules or limits that a person creates to identify for him- or herself that are reasonable, safe and permissible ways for other people to behave around him…


7 Essential Steps to Making Change Real

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

7 Essential Steps to Making Change Real. The concept of change is an essential aspect of what it means to be human, whether it is our own personal goal for…


Finding Motivation To Change

Posted by: Aimee Wood, LCSW

Therapy in Philadelphia: Finding motivation to change: Do you have a bad habit that you want to change? Do you find that no matter what you try, you keep falling back…


What Stage Of The Problem Are You In?

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

What stage of the problem are you in? 

Pre-contemplation (what stage of the problem)

You do not believe that there is an actual problem. Thus, you are not ready to consider…


Tips for Recovery from Binge Eating Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Tips for Recovery from Binge Eating Disorder1) Make sure you are seeing a primary care doctor that you are comfortable with.  Ask your PCP to arrange for blood work to…


Strategies for Parents of Children with an Eating Disorder

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Parenting Help in Philadelphia: Strategies for parents of children with an eating disorder to help them recover 38 Strategies for parents of children with an eating disorder (Anorexia, Bulimia, or binging or…


Tips for Recovering from Bulimia Nervosa

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Tips For Recovering From Bulimia Nervosa: Twenty Two Tips on How to Recover from Bulimia Nervosa and Questions to Ask Yourself

* Write information about your binges.  Write the time, place, and…


Eating Disorder Voice

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Eating Disorder Treatment in Philadelphia - The Eating Disorder Voice The Eating Disorder voice verbally abuses people with Anorexia.  They can become extremely nervous when they do not know their exact…


Will I Gain or Lose Weight in Recovery

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

My Doctor states that I am overweight. Will I gain or lose weight in recovery? During the process of recovering from Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder some people lose…


Spiritual Connection

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Spiritual Connection: one of the primary benefits of pursuing a spiritual path is the feeling of ‘connectedness’ that often follows as a result. Human beings are innately social creatures. We…


Spirituality As My Moral Compass

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Spirituality As My Moral Compass: morality is the set of standards by which we deem something, particularly conduct or behavior, good or bad. Morals, our personal principles in regard to…


Is it Low Self Esteem

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Is it low self-esteem? Therapy in Philadelphia: How to recognize and come to terms with low self- esteem when a poor self-concept is the root of your problems.

Everybody has bad…


Positive Thinking

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Positive Thinking to Counteract Low Self Esteem

Looking Up - How to use positive thinking to counteract low self-esteem - Low self-esteem is an emotional epidemic in modern America. Every year…


Replacing Triggers

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Anxiety Treatment in Philadelphia - Replacing Triggers: Focusing on Anti-Anxiety Alerts Anxiety triggers are key circumstances that engage the anxiety response. Some people may find that crowds trigger their anxiety. Others…


Keeping a Spiritual Journal

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Keeping a Spiritual Journal Whether you’re just beginning your spiritual journey or have been on your current path for twenty years or more, keeping a spiritual journal is a wonderful…


Letting Go Of Your Perfectionism

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Work On Letting Go Of Your Perfectionism: working hard on letting go of your perfectionism does not mean letting go of your hard work to accomplish things, rather it means…


How To Speak Up

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

How to Speak Up / How to Regain the Equality in Your Relationship – A Guide for Men Addressing the Problem: All healthy relationships involve sacrifice and give-and-take, but sometimes…


Changing All or Nothing Thinking

Posted by: Center for Growth Therapists

Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia: Changing All or Nothing Thinking

How do I change ‘all or nothing thinking’? to change all or nothing thinking, start by identifying when you are thinking in all or…


Processing Emotions

Posted by: Alex Robboy, CAS, MSW, LCSW Individual, Couples & Family Therapy IMAGO Certified Marriage Counselor AASECT Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor Founder & Director of the Center for Growth Inc.

Processing emotions: once you identify what you are feeling, try to find a way to process it. Below is a list of action oriented suggestions for how to do this.

Processing…