Addiction Counselling

If you think you are addicted to something, according to research, 1 in 3 people are addicted to one thing or another.

 

What is an addiction

An addiction is, not having control over what you ae doing, using or taking where it is beginning to be harmful to you and/or other people around you.

We all like to do things that make us feel happy such as shopping, maybe buying a lottery ticket, eating chocolate. Your brain releases “feel good” chemicals and hormones which encourage you to repeat the behaviour because it provides such a good ‘high’.

However, if seeking out the ‘high’ has developed into a compulsive and uncontrollable desire to still do the activity despite the increasing negative and harmful problems it is causing you, then you are dealing with an addiction.

All addictions can cause health and psychological problems. You can start to experience depression, panic attacks, sleeping problems obsessive-compulsive traits, deteriorating relationships, poor work performance and escalating financial problems caused by your increasing fixation with the activity.

Different types of addictions

Here are some of the different types of addictions:

Substance addiction

  • Alcohol
  • Nicotine
  • Illicit drugs i.e. heroin, cocaine
  • Prescription drugs (sedatives, hypnotics, or anxiolytics like sleeping pills and tranquilizers)
  • Gas
  • Petrol / Glue

Behavioural addictions

  • Anger
  • Shopping
  • Work
  • Food (eating)
  • Sex
  • Pornography (attaining, viewing)
  • Using computers / the internet
  • Playing video games
  • Exercising
  • Self-harming
  • Shopping

 

How can I help with your addiction?

  • I can help you to examine the underlying causes to look at any trauma whether they are obvious or hidden.
  • Identify any triggers
  • Work towards a relapse prevention plan
  • Help you to deal with anxiety, depression, low-self-esteem that could be the result of your addiction. I can also work with family members of those addicted

Listening to your problems is a start. You will have the opportunity to express your fears and worries. Very often, people who are struggling with addiction do not get to speak often of these worries and will keep them to themselves allowing it to grow in intensity.

Your conversations will remain confidential, unless you disclose something that is causing you or someone else harm.

 

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