Our addiction psychologists and counsellors can help you with a range of addictive behaviour. This includes:
- substance abuse (drug and alcohol addiction),
- sex and pornography addiction,
- internet or gaming addiction, and
- gambling addiction.
Medically speaking, an addiction is characterised by a physical withdrawal process that indicates that the body is physiologically addicted to a substance. More importantly for psychologists however, it is the negative behavioural patterns which are associated with a particular substance-use or behaviour that indicates whether or not an addiction is present. That is, your use of legal substances (e.g alcohol and tobacco), illegal substances (e.g. marijuana or cocaine), your sexual behaviours, your use of pornography or the amount of time you spend gambling or online, only becomes a problem when it leads to negative behaviour or outcomes. These negative outcomes are surprisingly easy to identify – if only you are able to acknowledge them.
Typically, addictive behaviour becomes problematic if starts to cause:
- health issues, such as fatigue, severe weight loss, heart failure, lung cancer
- manic behaviour, or a loss of self-control over the way you behave
- promiscuous behaviour or activities which might put you in physical or emotional danger
- angry outbursts or violent responses
- loss of interest in other activities including neglect of yourself or others
- lack of capacity to attend work or school
- inability to develop and/or retain close relationships.
If you or someone you know is displaying one or more of these symptoms, or if you are worried about your addictive behaviour, help is available. A qualified psychologist or addiction counsellor can help you determine the extent of your addiction*, provide you with techniques to reduce or eliminate your addictive behaviour and help you deal with the underlying origins or causes of your addiction. Contact us today to see how our therapists can help you.
* In the case of drug or alcohol addiction, where a physiological addiction may exist, it is important to get the advice of your GP or doctor. Supervised rehab (usually in a inpatient setting) may be required to help you withdraw from the drug prior to commencing therapy.