Addiction

Addiction

If you have an addiction, you’re not alone – one in three of us are addicted to something!

Addiction is defined as “not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you.”

An addiction can simply be a way of blocking out difficult issues.

Addiction is a treatable condition

We are a completely non-judgemental and confidential service recognising that each individual’s addiction and subsequent behaviours are personal and relative to them. By engaging with us, you will be taking the first step towards working together to regain control of your life and over your addiction. By using the tools which Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) provides we will work with you to manage and control your addiction and whichever behaviours you utilise to manage your life. Once you feel your addiction is manageable, we work with the addiction itself, we look at the reasons for it and the triggers behind it.

We work towards harm reduction from complex behaviours in relation to substance abuse as well as behavioural addictions and impulse control with the aim to improve personal manageability and quality of life. With this in mind, we can also enable you to identify and manage any issues of self harm. Working with you in a collaborative, personal and supportive way, we will put in place a long term strategy for your well being and if appropriate, the cessation of your addictive behaviour.

  • Drug and substance abuse
    In reality, drug and substance addiction is a complex disease, and quitting takes more than good intentions or a strong will. In fact, because drugs change the brain in ways that foster compulsive drug and substance abuse, quitting is difficult, even for those who are ready to do so.
  • Alcohol
    When you abuse alcohol, you continue to drink even though you know your drinking is causing problems. If you continue to abuse alcohol, it can lead to alcohol dependence. Alcohol dependence is also called alcoholism. You are physically or mentally addicted to alcohol. You have a strong need, or craving, to drink.
  • Sex and Love
    Sexual addiction is best described as a progressive intimacy disorder characterized by compulsive sexual thoughts and acts. Like all addictions, its negative impact on the addict and on family members increases as the disorder progresses. Over time, the addict usually has to intensify the addictive behavior to achieve the same results. Love addicts live in a chaotic world of desperate need and emotional despair. Fearful of being alone or rejected, love addicts endlessly search for that special someone – the person that will make the addict feel whole. Ironically, love addicts oftentimes have had numerous opportunities for the truly intimate experience they think they want. But they are much more strongly attracted to the intense experience of “falling in love” than they are to the peaceful intimacy of healthy relationships.
  • Pornography
    Preoccupation to the point of obsession with sexual imagery. Porn addicts typically spend at least 11 hours per week searching for and looking at pornography. Sometimes they dedicate double or even triple that amount of time. One of the key features of addiction, is the development of a tolerance to the addictive substance. In the way that drug addicts need increasingly larger doses to get high, porn addicts need to see more and more extreme material to feel the same level of excitement they first experienced.
  • Gambling
    Gambling addiction, also known as compulsive gambling, is a type of impulse-control disorder. Compulsive gamblers can’t control the impulse to gamble, even when they know their gambling is hurting themselves or their loved ones. Gambling is all they can think about and all they want to do, no matter the consequences.

Addiction is a treatable condition – please contact us