Nicholas King
Counselling for Harrow, Pinner & Ruislip

Addictions #01


Do you have an addiction?

Addictions can take several forms and seriously affect your health, relationships and work.
Some common addictions include:-

  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Drugs
  • Gambling
  • Pornography
  • Sex
  • Painkillers
  • Prescription Medication

    “The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken...”
    Samuel Johnson

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

    "When I first came to see you, I was in a very dark place with drugs and alcohol. Although I had support from family, I found it easy to talk to someone that wasn't emotionally involved in the problem. You helped me turn my life around! Although you say it was my hard work that changed things, it was also your hard work. The various techniques, sessions and diaries supported me through. You helped save my life, improve relationships, and change my outlook of myself. To anyone that is in the same position and needs help I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Nick. Once again - many, many thanks." Philip

    Alcohol, Smoking, Cocaine, Gambling, Addictions support for Pinner, Harrow, North West London

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