I offer addiction therapy for:
• Substances addictions such as alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, tobacco, GHB, heroin, ketamine, prescription medication, etc
• Behavioural addictions such as the internet, shopping, gambling, co-dependency, sex addiction, love addiction and so on
• Eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, etc
What is an addiction?
Addiction is a condition of compulsion and engaging in activities that can be pleasurable but ultimately harmful in the long-term, and as a result can interfere with ordinary responsibilities and concerns such as work, relationships, family and health. There are different types of addictions that can affect people on mental, emotional and physical levels ie substance additions, eating disorders and behavioural addictions. For example, internet addiction to social media such as Facebook is a behavioural addiction that creates a craving for a ‘false’ sense of validation and self-esteem. It’s been recognised that Facebook addiction is now an epidemic. “We have so many digital addicts now. It’s an epidemic addiction to digital technology, including Facebook ‘likes’.” says Chris McGovern, chairmen of the Campaign for Real Education.
“Addiction is when natural biological imperatives, like the need for food, sex, relaxation or status, become prioritized to the point of destructiveness.”
Russell Brand, Recovery: Freedom From Our Addictions
Addiction is an uncontrollable compulsion and a craving for something, a substance or behaviour. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what the addict craves for. It could be alcohol, drugs, sugar, sex, pornography, stuff, etc. Addicts will negotiate their integrity, their health to get their hands on what they crave. Addictions control addicts. Without proper help and addiction therapy, usually, addicts destroy themselves, their health, their relationships, their families, their careers, their lives.
Addiction recovery starts with a realisation of an addiction problem and reaching out for professional help. Long-Term recovery from addiction requires a commitment to changing one’s mindsets, behaviour and lifestyle.
What is addiction therapy for?
Addiction therapy and counselling are essential parts of any treatment for substance abuse or behavioural addictions or eating disorders intended to resolve personal or psychological problems.
Firstly, the aim of addiction therapy and recovery is to help people who are addicted, to set achievable and empowering short-term goals as they manage to overcome their addiction and develop new coping strategies.
Secondly, adaptive skills are developed so the person can recover physical and emotional health.
Thirdly, the addiction therapist helps to explore the source or cause of the addiction.
Lastly, the addiction therapist and the client work together to set long-term goals which include rebuilding damaged relationships, accepting responsibility for actions and releasing shame and guilt as well as moving forward with clarity, focus and purpose.
Dieting doesn’t work. Only 3% of people who attempt any diet succeed (it makes sense – if dieting worked people who diet would be slim by now). Watch this video below which suggests a simple solution ie mindful eating to start with and seek professional help or eating disorders counsellor.
I work as an addiction therapist in Hammersmith & South Kensington, London. Call/text/Whatsapp me on 07737 745 684 or email me if you would like to know more.