As the American Society of Addiction Medicine acknowledges, addiction is a chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. As a result, although White Sands is primarily drug and alcohol treatment center, we are also extremely well equipped to treat a wide range of other addictions (whether or not they occur in conjunction with substance abuse). Whether you are addicted to sex, self-harm, food or the internet, we acknowledge that your problem is real and that it deserves the same committed approach that we take to more standard addictions to alcohol or hard drugs. We know that your behavior is currently out of your control, and we are here to help you put an end to this dangerous cycle.
Sex addiction can manifest in a wide range of ways, ranging from compulsive, risky promiscuity to extremely inappropriate sexual behaviors that others find unacceptable. Contrary to popular perception, it can strike anyone of any age, sexual orientation and gender, and it is a progressive illness that tends to worsen over time. At White Sands, we have a dedicated and professional team of addiction therapists who can help you to understand the root causes of your sex addiction and help you to learn new behaviors and attitudes that will help to end your unhealthy dependence on inappropriate sexual behaviors. You will also be encouraged to take part in complementary holistic therapies such as light personal training, and your entire rehabilitation program will be customized on the basis on your unique experiences, needs and goals.
Although smoking is legal, the truth is that quitting smoking is just as difficult as ending a heroin addiction. If you are struggling to stop smoking and desperately want to protect yourself against the many associated health risks (such as cancer and heart disease), we can admit you to an expertly designed addiction program that will help you to leave cigarettes in the past. Depending on your situation, we may provide you with medication, patches and hypnosis treatment that can help to ease the discomfort of withdrawal. We will also focus on cognitive behavioral therapy that teaches you alternative methods of dealing with stress, boredom and the other common triggers for smoking. Many of the patients at White Sands want to stop smoking while they are being treated for another type of addiction in rehab, so our team specializes in this area.
Recent studies have shown that many people who are obese have a problematic correlation between food and pleasure receptors, leading them to react to food in much the same way as the average substance abuser reacts to their drug of choice. Food addicts are not always overweight and may successfully quash their urge to eat, but their thoughts are nonetheless dominated by food and the desire to consume it. The staff at White Sands knows that food addiction is a genuine problem, and we are here to help you get it under control through cognitive behavioral therapy that aims to get to the root of your reasons for becoming obsessed with eating.
Whether you self-harm to send a message to other people about your unhappiness or use it as a way to cope with intense emotional trauma, cutting can become addictive. If you burn, slice or scratch at your skin, we can help you to understand why you have become trapped in this unhealthy cycle of behavior and teach you new coping mechanisms that will provide a more productive outlet for distress. Our compassionate team of expert counselors will help you to work through your pain, and we can involve your loved ones in a family treatment program if they are struggling to understand your behavior. If your self-harm is related to a mental health problem such as depression, we can offer you a dual diagnosis treatment program that concurrently treats your mental illness at the same time as your addiction.
Internet addicts develop sleep problems, experience diminished closeness in their relationships, use their online activities to distract from real life problems and may even create a false life that they can live out on the Internet. Others are focused on online gaming, and start to prioritize the life of a character in an online role-playing game over their real life out in the world. If any of this sounds familiar, call White Sands to discuss an addiction treatment program that can be customized to suit the type of dependence you have developed. Internet addiction is a progressive problem that is unlikely to improve without outside help, and our counselors can give you that help before your addiction destroys your most important relationships, diminishes your health or costs you your job.
Often, pornography addictions overlap with internet addictions and/or sex addictions, but a pornography addiction also needs to be treated in isolation. Many romantic relationships are ruined by one partner’s progressive addiction to pornography, and viewing certain types of porn can warp your view of real sexual relationships. We encourage you to seek help now, and want to reassure you that the White Sands team will not subject you to any form of judgment or moralization. Through therapy, we will explore your reasons for favoring pornography over interactions with real people and work to diminish your compulsion to seek out porn.
It is a myth that people mainly steal things that they want; shoplifting can become compulsive due to the rush of adrenaline associated with the risk-taking act, and many people who steal from shops do not even want to keep the items that they procure. Through behavioral therapy, we will discover why you are shoplifting and tackle the underlying issues that are driving you.
No matter what your addiction, help is available and recovery is possible. Call White Sands today at (877)855-3470 to speak to someone who can answer all of your questions and help you take the first step towards successful addiction treatment.