Many people assume that we can only become addicted to substances that have a physical effect on the body such as alcohol or drugs, but many activities can become addictions including gambling, shopping, exercise, using the internet, and even sex.
When you engage in activities that make you feel happy, your brain releases a ‘feel-good’ chemical that encourages you to repeat that behavior because it provides an enjoyable ‘high’. However, when seeking out the ‘high’ develops into a compulsive and uncontrollable desire to engage with the activity (in spite of the increasingly negative and harmful consequences it has on your life), then you are dealing with an addiction.
Having an addiction can take a serious toll on your physical and psychological health.
Symptoms can include:
– depression – panic attacks – sleep disturbance – obsessive-compulsive traits – deteriorating relationships – poor work performance – escalating financial problems caused by your increasing preoccupation with the activity
If your day-to-day functioning or health is affected, then you may benefit from addiction counselling and psychotherapy.
If you are unsure whether you have an addiction, our therapists and counselors can help you to identify whether you have one and will be able to suggest an appropriate therapy course to help overcome the addiction.
Addiction therapy will help you examine the underlying causes of the addiction and identify any possible triggers that may lead to a relapse. It can also help you with any associated condition attached to your addiction such as depression, low self-esteem or anxiety. Finally, counselling will not only be able to assist you as a client but can also offer guidance to those around you, such as family and friends, to help them better understand your addiction and how to support you during your recovery. If your addiction is serious, you may also need to meet with a consultant psychiatrist to diagnose, monitor, and treat any mental health issues arising from it, and if a residential stay is recommended. they can refer you to a rehabilitation center.
Our consultants work with all forms of addiction and if you decide to undergo a course of therapy to deal with your addiction, our expert therapists will work with you to gain the crucial self-understanding and insight that you need in order to recognize the triggers that ignite your addiction and develop strategies to cope with these. You will learn tailor-made methods for handling your withdrawal symptoms while you recover and beyond.
In order to find out more about how counselling can help you overcome addiction, get in touch and we can discuss your options together confidentially.