‘What is addiction, really? It is a sign, a signal, a symptom of distress. It is a language that tells us about a plight that must be understood.’ Alice Miller
Addiction is a state of mind in which someone engages in excessive alcohol or drug use, or in behaviours such as gambling or sex addiction, where the rewarding effects reinforce the behaviour by activating the pleasure centres on the brain. There may then be a compelling incentive to repeat, despite highly damaging consequences.
These complex systems of reward and reinforcement, motivation and memory may mean that the suffer has limited control over their using behaviour. This can further disrupt everyday activities such as relationships and work or school obligations. Because addiction affects the brain’s executive capacity, individuals who develop an addiction may not be aware that their conduct is causing problems for themselves and others. This is despite the physical and psychological harm through escalating use as the body tolerates greater exposure to the activity of choice.
Therapists with a special interest and expertise in working with addictions and who offer therapy on a range of issues which may include:
Attachment and relationship difficulties, trauma, emotional sexual or physical abuse, depression and anxiety, shame and guilt, financial worries, difficulty in managing any of these.
Trauma of addiction, stigma and isolation, helplessness and frustration, concern over risk-taking behaviour, stress, financial worries.
To find out more, please contact [email protected] or go online to book an initial interview. Following this we will then arrange ongoing sessions with your therapist.
'My definition of addiction is any behaviour that gives you temporary relief and pleasure but in the long term causes harm, has negative consequences and is something that you can’t give up, despite those negative consequences.' Gabor Mate