Addiction Therapy & Counselling in Wolverhampton
An Addiction is a strong and uncontrollable ‘need’ to take drugs, drink alcohol or carry out any particular activity that is pleasurable – for example Gambling.
We generally only offer Counselling and Psychological help for Addiction problems – with the exception of Joan’s Stop Smoking Hypnosis session.
Often the addictive activity can become the most important thing in your life and can frequently leads to problems at home or work.
There appears to be no single reason why addictions develop as many people can participate in seemingly “addictive” activities without ever succumbing.
Regularly drinking alcohol or using other substances, or spending time gambling or on the internet (including porn sites), may be pleasurable or relaxing and some people seem to experience these pleasurable feelings particularly intensely and therefore develop a strong desire to repeat them more frequently.
Addiction problems we most frequently encounter (and generally treat using psychological counselling) are:
What Can Cause Addiction?
You may be at more at risk of developing an addiction if-
- Members of your family have developed addiction problems
- You experienced Stress or abuse while growing up
- You have other mental health issues
- Unemployment and financial worries
- Relationship problems
Enjoyment Versus Addiction
Many people regularly use potentially addictive substances or engage in potentially addictive activities without developing any major problems.
However, for some people it can cause physical and psychological problems as their behaviours become more frequent and intense.
These frequent and intense activities can eventually impact directly on the Brain’s chemistry making change more difficult.
If you carry on using the substance or engaging in the behaviour, your brain and body can become tolerant resulting in you “needing” more drugs or spending more time on the behaviour to get the same effect.
In this way, what started out as something that you could control can develop into an uncontrollable need or addiction.
If, when you do try to stop, you can often experience physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms – or both.
Withdrawal symptoms are wide-ranging and vary depending on the substance involved but generally you’ll experience:
- Feelings of discomfort
- An intense craving for the substance or activity
- Poor Anger Management
The most important factor to take into consideration when seeking help for your Addiction problems is that you are thoroughly motivated to change and that you have the support of family and friends.
Most forms of therapy will be ineffective if you are not fully committed to ridding yourself of the problem.
In the first instance we recommend talking to you GP about your problems before consulting us as its important to rule out any physiological problems before seeking psychological help.
Talking therapies are generally well suited to Addiction Problems and CBT is recommended in Nice Guideline “NICE guidelines
View our page on Drug Addiction CBT here.
As a general rule, Hypnotherapy is not suitable for Addictive problems.
Types of Therapy available
We only offer Psychotherapy and Counselling for Addictions – choosing the right type of therapy for your problem probably has more to do with you and your personality type rather than which form of therapy is more effective, so if you are in any doubt you can always arrange to come along for one of our FREE initial assessments and we will advise you based on which therapy we think is most suited to YOU.
We generally recommend following a course of the Changing Limiting Beliefs Programme for addiction and addictive behaviours.
You might also consider Addiction Help with the Thrive Programme – click here for details.