Addiction is a very complicated problem that is unique to each of those affected by it. The causes of addiction are complicated and often difficult to understand.
There is a great deal of stigma and misunderstanding about addiction and it can cause a great deal of damage to families, communities and the person engaging in that addictive behaviour themselves. It occurs at all different levels of society and is common throughout many different communities across the world.
What types of addiction can counselling help with?
The most common issues people come to us to seek support for involve alcohol or drug dependency. However, there are many activities that can cause an addiction. These can include:
How do I know if I have an addiction?
When we engage in activities that make us feel happy such as winning on a bet or on a roulette machine, having sex with someone new or eating large amounts of sweet things, our brains release what are known as 'happy hormones' in our brains. These encourage us to repeat these behaviours because it makes us feel good and can often take us to a happy 'high'.
Sometimes, seeking these 'highs' can cause us to develop uncontrollable and compulsive desires to engage with the activity despite it having an increasingly negative and harmful impact on our lives and the people around us such as family and fiends. Some of the symptoms associated with Addiction can involve an increasing preoccupation with the activity, financial difficulties, relationship problems, problematic sleep, poor work performance and depression.
If this is happening to you, then it is likely that you are dealing with an addiction or dependency and counselling and psychotherapy may be able to help.
How can counselling help me if I have an addiction?
We will help you identify whether you have an addiction and explore the potential issues around why you engage in that particular activity and its underlying causes. Your therapist will also look at what triggers you into engaging in the addictive behaviour and help you to develop alternative ways of dealing with certain situations that may lead to a relapse.
Ultimately, counselling can provide a better understanding of yourself and the role the addiction has in your life and the impact it's having on you and the people around you. Addiction counselling requires a great level of commitment and and seeking help for this can present many challenges to the person seeking support. However, with our support, we aim to help you find alternative ways of dealing with your life, your feelings and experiences in a way that helps you achieve your goals and a greater sense of well-being.