What is an addiction?
If you suffer from addiction, you most probably have an issue with anxiety. As an anxiety sufferer, you may be tempted to turn to substances, alcohol, gambling, food or perhaps unwanted behaviours to cope with your symptoms. It makes sense to treat both, as they have a tendency to feed off and amplify each other.
An addiction causes a sufferer to experience physical or mental symptoms as a result of a dependence on a substance, behaviour or activity. They have no control over their actions and, in fact, are controlled by the source of their addiction. This continues to the point where the sufferer is unable to function on a daily basis unless they have their ‘fix’.
Their lives are dominated by their addiction. They persist in their habit, knowing that it is dangerous to their health, but feel powerless to resist.
When you engage in activities that make you feel happy – such as a shopping spree, winning a bet or having sex with someone new – your brain releases ‘feel-good’ chemicals that encourage you to repeat that behaviour because it provides such an enjoyable ‘high’.
However, if seeking out the ‘high’ has developed into a compulsive and uncontrollable desire to engage in the activity, despite the increasing negative and harmful consequences it is having on your life, then you are dealing with an addiction.
No matter what kind of addiction you have, it can take a serious toll on your physical and psychological health. Symptoms often include depression, panic attacks, sleep disturbance, obsessive-compulsive traits, deteriorating relationships, poor work performance and escalating financial problems caused by your increasing preoccupation with the activity.
Dealing with an addiction can feel overwhelming, but taking the first step to free yourself of addiction is the most challenging step.
I treat the following, but the list is not exhaustive:
- Quitting Smoking
- Substance misuse
- Food/Eating addiction
- Sex Addiction/Pornography
- Internet or TV addiction
- Exercise addiction
- Shopping addiction
- Unfaithful Behaviour and more…
Each addiction will have a different physiological and emotional trigger for its behaviour and I use rapid methods for powerful effective results. From your initial session you will be empowered to effect change and strive towards a new, better, addiction free you.