Addictions Counselling can help you to get your life back on track. Addictions and drugs are rampant in our society. And it’s not just alcohol addiction or gambling addiction but you can find yourself addicted to sex, eating, exercise, drugs, shopping, pornography or the Internet.
So what? Well it really isn’t a problem until the day you realise that your life, your relationships or your work are suffering. Or it may be you find that you are consuming too much of your time or money feeding your addictive behaviour. Even the fitness addict suffers, and instead of all of the benefits of exercise, they can end up with recurrent injuries, inability to train, and even low mood or depression. Other negatives associated with addictions are such things as panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive behaviour and poor sleep.
Key Symptoms of Addictions, Drug and Alcohol Abuse
- Secretiveness around the use of alcohol or your addiction
- Difficulty in stopping (I’ll just have/do one more….)
- Obsessing about the next time that you are going to get your fix/cravings
- For drink issues you may have poor concentration, shaky hands or blackouts
- Denying that you have a real problem.
- Needing to do your thing to relax or feel that you belong (For example you need to have a drink in-hand to feel relaxed, be with a group).
- You may be irritable, or with drugs, may get extreme mood swings
- You have to spend excessively to support your addiction.
- Your relationships suffer
If you recognise any of these symptoms, you may benefit from addiction counselling or psychotherapy.
How can Therapy Help?
We treat the underlying symptoms that give rise to the addictive behaviour. The addiction is the symptom of the problem. Recovering from addictions is a hard and difficult road with frequent set-backs.
“You can come out of the furnace of trouble two ways: if you let if consume you, you come out a cinder; but there is a kind of metal which refuses to be consumed, and comes out a star.”
It is possible to change and many people do this and have recovered or are recovering from substance abuse and addictive behaviours. It is always challenging. You must choose to either stay the same, or do the hard work necessary to become the creative, productive, loving or caring person that you were meant to be. If you have managed to abstain (the first goal) you may benefit from working with a counsellor or psychotherapist to support your recovery.
What is the Process?
- Exploring your thoughts, feelings and behaviours which contribute to your addiction.
- Learning plans that you can use to combat your addictive behaviour in the long term.
- Devising ways to handle withdrawal symptoms.
- Working with you to develop effective strategies to deal with trigger situations.
“Life is very interesting… in the end, some of your greatest pains, become your greatest strengths.”
Addictive behaviour is for many of us a way to escape or distract oneself from pain. No-one likes to suffer, yet whilst trying to avoid painful feelings may seem an attractive solution, it is superficial and does nothing to resolve the underlying issues. These remain, acting corrosively and often making the root cause worse. Pain and upset, whilst certainly unpleasant, are normal emotions that we have been designed to tolerate, and like any others, we can learn the skills to deal with more effectively.
If you want a drugs or alcohol Detox then this may be better undertaken in a medically-controlled environment as the body can go into shock. You may wish to look into a residential centre as the better option for you and return to therapy to sort the underlying issues that caused your addictive behaviour.
With most addictions, relapse is a constant, with follow-up required to keep going. The various Anonymous (e.g. Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings are group sessions which many people find of great support on-going.
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Griffin, J. & Tyrell, I, (2005), Freedom from addiction
Tyler, B. Enough already: a guide to recovery from alcohol and drug addiction
The UK site for this well known 12-step Christian themed group.