There is nothing simple about addiction. It is a complicated problem unique to each addict. It may be possible to identify some reasons behind - either from the past or more recently - you are using alcohol/substances, people or behaviours to change the way you feel.
Many individuals assume that we can only become addicted to substances that exert a physical effect on the body such as alcohol or drugs, but many activities can become addictions including gambling, shopping, porn, the internet, and even sex. The causes of addiction are complex and sometimes difficult to understand. The origins of addiction are complicated – psychological, physiological and even genetic.
If your day-to-day functioning or health is affected, or if the behaviour takes up a large amount of time or money, then you may benefit from addiction counselling and psychotherapy. As an addiction counsellor I can support you to identify whether you have an addiction and may suggest a course of counselling sessions to help overcome it.
Therapy for addiction can help you to examine the underlying causes that precipitated the vicious cycle and identify any possible triggers that may lead to a relapse.