Therapeutic Word of the Day: Spontaneous

“Every now and then, do something unplanned. It makes life more exciting and less boring.”

I have found boredom is a very powerful relapse trigger for many addicts. I have had many addicts, of various types, tell me they have nothing to do but use. Often they have gotten into a routine and have nothing exciting in their lives. Many addictions have excitement as a component, leading to relapse if there is nothing exciting going on in their lives.

For those without addictions, life can also become dull and boring. Sometimes we need something new, something exciting. This is especially true for people who are afraid of change. Most of the autistic clients I work with have a fear of change which has trapped them into unhealthy patterns.

Sometimes you need to do something new, something unplanned. As long as this is healthy, it is encouraged. Try something new, even if it is as simple as something new to eat. Often we find we like new experiences if we give ourselves a chance to experience them.


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Nathan Driskell

Hello, my name is Nathan Driskell and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor in the Houston / Cypress area specializing in the treatment of Internet Addiction & Asperger’s / Autism. I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples & families.

You can reach me at my website or call me directly at 832-559-3520 if you have any questions. Thank You!
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