Addiction Counselling can be a great support to anyone suffering from any kind of addiction. Our Professional counsellors are experienced in dealing with Men and Women suffering from a wide range of addictions and are here to listen to you.
If an Addiction is affecting your life or you think your addiction maybe getting more out of control speak to one of our Addiction Counsellors today.
Addiction is the term given to an uncontrollable urge to take or do something at an alarming rate. The most common, but dangerous addictions include: Drinking, taking drugs, smoking and gambling. All of these have the potential to change a person’s life for the worst. If you are doing something more often and it becomes a necessity, or leading to trouble at work or school, then you have an addiction. Addictions can develop for a various amount of reasons and there is no particular reason that has been discovered why it happens. Doing an activity regularly, such as drinking after work or spending time online can give the feelings of pleasure or relaxation, meaning a person will want to continue to do those things, which can lead to an addiction.
You are also likely to gain an addiction, by the following things:
- Other family members have had or do have an addiction.
- You have experienced abuse or a lot of stress whilst growing up.
- You are diagnosed with a mental health problem.
From enjoyment to addiction
Addiction can stem from enjoyment. If you enjoy a particular aspect of your life and keep on doing it over and over again, it could lead to an addiction. A small drink every night can lead to problems in the future, a quick look on a gambling site can lead to a gambling problem. Many people don’t have any issue with this and can happily stop doing these things when they want. However, for some, they simply cannot stop and that is where addiction begins.
Addiction can have damaging effects to a persons physical and psychological health. Their behaviour can change, becoming more intense and the loop continues, until an addiction is started and the loop continues. If we take a drug addiction as an example, we see that the brain becomes use to the idea of these drugs being put into the body, and therefore, demands more and more, and the addiction continues.
What started out as something you can control develops into an uncontrollable need or addiction. If you try to stop whatever it is your addicted to, it’s a fact that you will experience physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms (or both). Withdrawal symptoms cover a wide area and vary depending on the substance involved in your addiction, such as a type of drug or alcohol. Generally, you will experience feelings of discomfort, distress and a craving for the substance in question. Alcohol is a particular nasty one as it can lead to seizures or in some cases, even hallucinations.
Treating your addiction can be a long and sometimes frustrating process, but if you hold out and give yourself the strength, you can combat your addiction, and most importantly, win. Many organisations are able to provide help with addictions and your first major point of entry would be the NHS and you GP. Your GP will be able to help and pass on information about local/non-local addiction centres and/or services. When you are treated for an addiction, the help you get will be very personal and will depend on your circumstances. Therapists and medication are also good examples of the help that you can get – such examples include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Motivational Enhancement Therapy.
Addiction counselling covers many techniques that can help you overcome any mixed feelings you have about taking part in a treatment programme and stopping your addiction. Many are based on the principles of motivational interviewing and aims to draw out self-motivational statements during early discussions. With any treatment for addiction, a counsellor will discuss with you, where you see yourself in the future, what obstacles you feel you will face and what you think will help you deal with your addiction. The addiction counsellor will also help you understand that stopping a drug or behaviour may involve major lifestyle changes. It’s also very important that you are able to get your friends and family to support you, as this added support will help you greatly.
As there are no known reasons why addiction starts apart from the user doing a specific thing over and over again, there are many groups that are at risk from addiction. All of us could develop an addiction so it’s a good thing to watch what you are going and making sure that you know your limits. Having said that, several groups of people have a greater chance of developing an addiction.
Children who grow up in a home where a family member has had or is having an addiction will grow up with a greater chance of developing an addiction of their own.
Other factors that may be linked to developing an addiction include:
- Experiencing stress and abuse as a child.
- Having mental health problems.
- Unemployment and/or financial worries.
- Relationship problems.
- You have had a difficult experience, such as a family member passing away.
If you are suffering from any form of abuse then please talk to one of our professional counsellors. We are here to help you move forward and overcome your current situation. All calls are confidential.
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