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Counselling and Psychotherapy for Addiction

When does ‘use of’ become ‘addiction to’?

Many people can drink alcohol from time to time or gamble with money for fun without any on-going problems. For others however, engaging in these practises leads to long-term addiction, whereby the desire to do these things regularly becomes overwhelming. This not only causes damaging physical effects to the person but can also put a great strain on the individuals’ relationships with others, causing problems at home, work or school. Other issues may also arise such as further addictions, financial problems and poor work performance.

What are the signs of addiction?

Psychological dependence:

  • Cravings
  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Sleep disturbances or insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Feeling of losing control
Symptoms if withdrawal attempted:

  • Sweating
  • Heart palpitations
  • Muscle tension
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tremors
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea

The media often discusses the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. What other kinds of addictions are there?

More addictive practises and substances:

  • Sex
  • Shopping
  • Gambling
  • Eating
  • Smoking
  • Self-injury

How can addiction counselling help me?

At Fresh Mind Therapy our psychologists and counsellors have experience helping those with all forms of addiction. We specialise in a therapeutic method called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), proven highly effective for addiction treatment.

The CBT method can help you overcome your addiction in 5 stages:

  1. Reducing the intensity and frequency of urges – When we focus on undermining the negative underlying beliefs and values that cause and maintain your addiction, we can reduce your need to ‘use.’ We also examine the sequence of events leading to addictive behaviour and identify your addictive ‘triggers’
  2. Address associated psychological issues – Psychotherapy can also address other issues you may have such as depression, anxiety and low self-esteem
  3. Support – Therapy can provide you and family members or friends with the appropriate emotional support and addiction-related education
  4. Teaching practical skills to control and manage cravings
  5. Preventing relapse and maintaining well-being through awareness and on-going practise of these skills

What about rehabilitation?

‘Rehab’ is often mentioned when referring to recovery from addiction. If necessary, you may be assessed for medication or meet with a consultant psychiatrist to diagnose, monitor and treat any mental health issues. These psychiatrists may also refer you to a rehabilitation centre if a residential stay is needed. Addiction can often be overcome however just with the help of your addiction counsellor and a series of therapy sessions.

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