Addictions can allow people a temporary escape from their problems and reality, and allowing to develop many different ways with the over use of alcohol, drugs, eating or in activities such as gambling, shopping, sex and use of the internet.
There is often huge Shame and Stigma surrounding the word addiction for the individual and the family of the individual with the addiction. There is also a belief that it is an inability to stop repetitive behaviour in spite of the harmful consequences and its a life sentence.
Research shows that millions of people suffer from an addiction of some sort. For many their craving or impulse offers a short-term escape from the realities of their life and is often used to deal with depression or anxiety.
For most, the long-term consequences bring extra guilt and shame, which eventually create an increasingly destructive cycle drawing in family and friends. Addictions are often associated with activities that initially bring pleasure and release from everyday life and pressures. Drinking drugs offer an easier option than reality
Research has shown that Chemicals produced in the brain, which encourages us to partake in activities and enjoy the highs and satisfactions are usually stimulated by these activities.
The human brain uses dopamine, produced when we fall in love and similar to cocaine, to motivate; and endorphins, what we feel after vigorous exercise and similar to heroin, to reward behaviour.
Often the real reasons are overlooked and in many cases people assume it is hereditary some argue that it is a chosen behaviour which offers confidence at the start but didn’t realise the addiction until it is too late.
When life is empty and these chemicals are not naturally present; when we are low or depressed, the tendency to addiction can increase
Dealing With Addiction
Stimulation and reward are often ingredients of addiction: drugs, eating, gambling, shopping and sex all produce highs, which need to be repeated. The following lows increase the feelings of hopelessness. In serious cases of addiction is so bad it will wreck homes, lives of others family members and friends, careers. The truth about addiction counselling is that it is a tough path to recovery and the client must want it. It is a life-changing path to a more positive future. It offers many challenges and most important changes in both thinking and behaving. Adapting to these changes take courage and self-belief.
There Are Many Causes Of Addiction:
- Low self-esteem
- Confidence issues
- Early life trauma
- Anger or Communications issues
- Certain relationships
- the list is endless.
Addiction counselling helps unlock these issues in a safe non-judgemental place and offers an unique support to the individual.
As a skilled counsellor I can help the client to start to understand their emotional needs and face the realities of life and their problems and issues also addressing the underlying problems attached to their misuse of alcohol and other drugs or activities.
How My Services Can Help?
I use a combination of therapies to uncover the issues and help the client move to a better place. As an accredited member of the Irish Association of Alcohol and Addiction Counsellors I offer a unique support in recovery through Counselling. It is a process of helping the individual to help themselves one of my requirements is the commitment to the process and not looking for a quick fix .The recovery rate is down to the commitment of the individual. If you wish to book an appointment, you can contact me using the form provided and I’ll be in touch.
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