What is Addiction?
Addiction is a condition that progressively takes over a persons life. It is destructive and powerful, which left untreated is potentially fatal.
A person may use substances for example alcohol, drugs, prescription drugs, food, formerly legal highs or behaviours such as shopping, porn, sex, gambling, work, relationships, exercise and self harm. Many people cross addict using substances and behaviours to change the way they feel. It starts off being pleasurable but over time becomes part of their coping mechanism to deal with the challenges of day to day life.
However continued use, of which becomes compulsive, will interfere with day to day responsibilities, relationships, health and work. One of the biggest issues for a person who has developed an Addiction is their denial regarding their behaviour and they cannot see the effect it has on themselves and others.
Addiction is destructive for family and friends. The effects can be felt in many different ways. An Addict is often in denial and this can be difficult and frustrating, leaving a feeling of helplessness and inadequacy. A person who is dealing with someone else's Addiction can find themselves constantly checking, controlling their money, ultimately lying for them and a fear of judgement by others.
I work with people by exploring what underpins a person’s Addiction, helping them to understand their triggers and to discover new coping strategies whilst providing support throughout. Similar coping strategies can be used with those family and friends effected by Addiction.
Please feel free to give me a call to discuss your questions, concerns and worries.