An addiction therapist is a person who completed medical, psychological or pedagogical studies and completed an addiction treatment course. He deals with help for addicts, co-addicts and DDA syndrome (Adult Children of Alcoholics).
Areas of addiction therapist's help
Help for addicts
An addiction therapist works with people addicted to alcohol, psychoactive substances and behavioral addictions (gambling, sex, computer games, shopping). It supports the families of addicts and conducts workshops aimed at increasing public awareness of addiction.
Help for co-addicted persons
The addiction therapist's tasks also include helping co-dependent people who , as a result of many years of living with an addicted person, can perpetuate adaptation reactions to a given situation. A co-dependent person can be a spouse or partner, i.e. people who can potentially leave the relationship. The term co-dependence does not apply to the addict's children and parents.
Help for people with DDA syndrome
The term DDA refers to adults who grew up in families where alcohol was abused. It is a group of people who, due to their experiences in childhood, are characterized by some common features such as: difficulties in starting a family, a feeling of constant anxiety and tension, difficulties with leaving the role of a child despite adulthood, feeling worse than others. An addiction therapist deals with help for people with DDA syndrome who changes childhood patterns.