Addiction is the uncontrollable prioritisation of a specific activity to the point where it becomes a significant part of your life. There are thought to be around 2 million people with serious addiction problems in the UK, with the most familiar cases revolving around drugs, alcohol, gambling and pornography.
Addictions are strongly related to the level of enjoyment, pleasure or relaxation someone is capable of experiencing through their associated activity. Serious cases of addiction are possible if someone has an intense desire to repeat an activity over and over again. On the other hand, many people engage in potentially addictive activities regularly, such as sex, gambling and alcohol, without a significant problem.
While you may begin to experience these activities with a measured amount of awareness and stability, many people are oblivious to the fact that they are addicted to a particular thing. In most cases, an addiction becomes much more apparent when it leads to uncontrollable behavioural problems that affect your home, work or school life.
You may start to rely on your addiction to get you through the day, or perhaps inherit an aggressive, uncharacteristic nature that fails to subside without your addiction taking hold. Persistent drug and alcohol takers may find that they start to experience severe withdrawal symptoms that get worse as the addiction starts to develop.
Withdrawal symptoms occur when someone is deprived of their addiction and they can cause anything from slight discomfort to intense cravings. They vary depending on the specific type of addiction and on factors that may have lead to addiction in the first place, such as relationship problems, unemployment, stress, mental health and financial concerns.
There are many different types of therapy that focus on relieving withdrawal symptoms and helping someone to overcome their addiction. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an excellent method of treatment that has proven to be very effective in the past. Here at Brighton & Hove Psychotherapy we will help you overcome your addiction through helpful talking therapies and counselling services, including a treatment programme and plan for change.
You should never be afraid to tell someone you are concerned or afraid that you might have an addiction. Support is essential when looking to tackle an addiction and we offer our expertise alongside family and friends to help you believe that you have what it takes to change your life for the better.
You can read our blog on how psychotherapy can help with addiction.
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