Do you have an addiction?
Addictions can take several forms and seriously affect your health, relationships and work.
Some common addictions include:-
What is an addiction?
If you’ve developed an addiction you’ll probably experiencing an uncontrollable urge to take drugs or alcohol or gamble? These are commonly recognised addictions but any compulsive activity done to excess can been seen as addictive. Addictions tend to become exclusive and take over your life crowding out the things that are really important to you such as family, friends, work and school. Although some people use addictive substances or engage in addictive activities without experiencing problems in others it can lead to serious long-term health problems as well as social and psychological damage.
How does someone develop an addiction?
There isn’t a single cause for an addiction. For some people using an addictive substance such as alcohol or drugs is a way of coping with some inner pain, depression or anxiety. For others, what started out as a pleasurable activity can grow to an uncontrollable dependence as the brain and body becomes increasingly tolerant and more and more of the drug or activity is needed to produce the same feelings or high.
How I can help you
Talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can be very effective in treating addiction problems. But the starting point for overcoming any addiction is yourself. No one can make you give up an addiction. You have to genuinely want to change and believe your life will be better without it. If you’re committed to finding a solution to your addiction I can help you make a plan for the future identifying the challenges you are likely to meet from withdrawal and developing the skills to help you cope with them effectively. You will find me supportive and non-judgemental as you work towards a new life free from addictions.