An Introduction to Addiction
Addiction begins as an activity that we enjoy and becomes a problem when it develops into a habit that negatively impacts on our lives and our thoughts, and even the people we care for. We can become addicted to anything that brings us pleasure or relief, for example:
- watching the television
- computer gaming
- checking social media
We become pre-occupied with the search for ‘pleasure’ or maybe to block out physical or mental pain, until the behaviour is controlling us; you need more and more of the ‘thing’ to satisfy the craving and create the ‘buzz’ or ‘high’. It may even lead to other problems, such as anger, depression, insomnia, physical illness, financial insecurity or even crime.
Whatever the addiction, it can be beaten using techniques and strategies to bring a natural satisfaction or reward to your life; you won’t need your addiction when your emotional needs are being met. People who feel fulfilled in their lives do not need to indulge in addictive activities. According to the Human Givens therapy approach, all addictive behaviours work through the ‘pleasure expectation’ pathway in the brain, so this expectation needs to be reduced, using techniques such as deep relaxation and visualisation.
I prefer to use a solution-focused, rather than problem-focused approach, which builds on positive feelings rather than reinforcing negative ones. You will find more information about me and the techniques I use on other pages of my website.
How can I help with your Addiction?
I work in my peaceful therapy room, at my home in Norwich, Norfolk, where I hope you will feel safe and secure enough to be able to talk about issues that are distressing you, and feel at ease sharing your problems with me.
I use various techniques and approaches to help you, for example, counselling skills, NLP, deep relaxation, mindfulness, hypnotherapy, thought field therapy and the Human Givens. I prefer to use a solution-focused, rather than problem-focused approach, which builds on positive feelings rather than reinforcing negative ones. You will find more information about me and the techniques I use on other pages of my website.
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