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I have worked in the field of addiction for over 17 years. First as an addiction counsellor and then as Director of Services of The Blenheim Project where I developed the first Day Programme to treat Crack addiction.
Addiction is a chronic disease that affects the brain in complex ways that contribute to compulsive and uncontrollable use, there are a variety of factors that contribute to addiction.
Generally, your reward centre, also known as your limbic system, is the epicentre of a substance use disorder. It’s designed to link and regulate parts of the brain that are involved in feeling pleasure, in order to motivate us to repeat certain activities. Normally, activities like warm social interaction, good food, and a comfortable bed trigger this pleasure response. Our reward centre teaches our brain to repeat activities necessary for our survival. However, psychoactive drugs and alcohol can also trigger the limbic system to respond with intense feelings of pleasure. This produces a deep-seeded desire to continue using.
During active addiction, your brain has learned to seek drugs to relieve stress, pain, anxiety, and just to feel good. Even when you know that a drug can be harmful, it’s incredibly difficult to resist. Alcohol and drug addiction therapy can help you re-write the effects of drugs in your brain, learn to cope with negative feelings, and learn to avoid and deal with cravings.
Addiction therapy can also address root problems that may have contributed to your initial drug use. For instance, substance use often goes together with other issues especially depression and anxiety. In some cases, substance abuse begins as a way of self-medicating to relieve anxiety or depression. Drug and alcohol addiction therapy can address these issues to remove the need to self-medicate and learn what triggers a relapse.
There are many addiction therapy options to consider, but they all have the same general goal. Drug and alcohol addiction therapy can increase your ability to cope with negative emotions, thoughts, and circumstances in healthy ways without the use of drugs or alcohol. Even after you complete a medical detox program, you will still have cravings that pull you back toward substance use and relapse. Long after your body has been cleared of your last dose, your brain will still seek the rewarding response of drugs or alcohol.
Drug and alcohol addiction therapy will seek to give you the tools you need to cope with cravings and stressors or address the issues that contribute to or worsen addiction. For instance, EMDR therapy is designed to help people reprocess past traumas. Still, addressing specific issues like trauma can be vital to your overall goal of abstinence.
Loneliness and isolation, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, loss of family and friends, financial problems, housing problems, loss of employment, physical or emotional pain and death are all consequences of addiction. It can feel very hard to break the cycle which is why everyone needs to suport to do this.
One to one session £100
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