Understanding Substance Use & Behavioral Dependencies
Dependency is an adaptation. It’s not you – it’s the cage you live in.
Substance use and behavioral dependencies include a range of unhelpful habits that people participate in despite it causing problems in their lives.
People often turn to these habits as coping mechanisms, including numbing physical or emotional pain, seeking pleasure, self-medication, and social pressure.
Getting professional help is a brave and important step on the path to healing.
You don't have to navigate this journey alone - we are here to support you.
NOTE: If you are experiencing active physical withdrawal, supported detox is recommended prior to participating in EQNMT's retreat program. If you feel unsure, please Book a Call with us to discuss your options.
Are You Concerned About Your Level of Substance Dependence?
Complete the CAGE-AID substance dependence screening tool, freely available on our website. This tool typicically assists professionals in determining whether additional intervention might be needed.
Please Note: This tool is provided for information purposes only and is not intended as a diagnostic measure or a substitute for professional advice.
The Impact of Substance Use & Behavioral Dependencies
Substance Use & Behavioral Dependencies can manifest emotionally and physically, impacting the quality of your life.
Most people who struggle with substance misuse & behavioral dependencies tend to experience:
Decline in physical health | Increased risk of developing or worsening co-occuring conditions like anxiety, depression, or mood disorders | Withdrawal from participating in social life or the activities you once loved | Your ability to handle daily responsibilities and even self-care can start slipping | Prioritizing spending time and money on sustaining the dependency
Dr. Gabor Maté, when discussing dependency, has expressed that,"The attempt to escape from pain, is what creates more pain." While dependencies may provide temporary respite from life's challenges, they often give rise to additional hardships.
It is common for substance misuse & behavioral dependencies to go hand in hand with other mental health difficulties, like depression and anxiety disorders.
The Benefits of Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy
In our experience, our 6-month psilocybin-assisted therapy program offers the equivalent of 5 years worth of traditional therapy.
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What is Psilocybin?
Psilocybin (often referred to as “Magic Mushrooms”) is a naturally occurring compound found in some mushrooms. It is a powerful and hopeful form of treatment for depression.
Psilocybin’s impact on the brain
This compound seems to work its “magic” by indirectly influencing serotonin receptors, which can help regulate your mood and emotions. It also promotes better communication between different parts of your brain, allowing you to gain new insights and release suppressed emotion.
Why we use psilocybin in our evidence-based therapy framework
When psilocybin is used in a therapeutic setting, it can facilitate a state of “ego dissolution”, which allows us to feel connected to something larger than ourselves, allowing deep and lasting relief from painful emotions and thought patterns. It offers a special opportunity for deep self-reflection and personal growth, allowing you to view your hurdles with greater clarity and understanding, instead of judgment.
To get the most out of your psilocybin journey, pre-journey preparation and post-journey integration therapy with a qualified, compassionate psychologist will help you process and grow from the experience, giving you the tools to heal from depression and sustain these changes long after therapy has ended.
Why Choose Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy with EQNMT?
EQNMT takes a personal and caring approach to your healing. Our therapy programs are tailor-made just for you, ensuring a personalised journey to wellness.
Our holistic programs include everything you need for a complete transformation, from Preparation & Integration Therapy to experienced professionals guiding your psychedelic experiences.
After each session, our qualified psychologists provide Integration Therapy to help you make sense of it all.
Your safety is our top priority – we conduct thorough screenings to ensure this is the right fit for you, and if it's not, we'll provide alternative recommendations for your well-being.
Psilocybin-assisted therapy should only be conducted under the guidance of trained professionals in controlled settings. While the preliminary findings are encouraging, more research is needed to fully understand the use of psilocybin in the treatment of dependency. Individual responses to psilocybin may vary, and may not be effective for everyone.