Addiction is when you feel an uncontrollable need to use a substance (such as alcohol) or repeat a behaviour (such as gambling) that is harmful to you. Addiction can be either physical or psychological. When you are addicted to something you do not have full control over your actions.
There are many types of addiction. You may have a dependence on a substance, such as alcohol, nicotine or heroin. But you can also be addicted to behaviours such as work, gambling, exercise, shopping, sex, eating, online gaming and risk-taking. These are known as compulsive behaviours.
Addiction affects your physical and mental health, and it may come to affect all areas of your life. As dependency on a substance or behaviour grows, satisfying your cravings for it can become more important to you than other activities. If you have an addiction, whatever it is, it’s best to get immediate professional help.
Addiction isn’t a simply lack of willpower – it’s a serious condition that responds to treatment. In the same way that asthma impairs the lungs, or diabetes affects the pancreas, addiction hijacks the brain. The drive to compulsively use drugs or alcohol can be strong, but specialist counselling helps to rewire the neural circuits of the brain by gradual modification of habitual behaviours.
At Live Your Story Counselling Services, you will receive evidence-based treatment, and your counsellor will work together with you to achieve a positive outcome. To book a session with a counsellor, please click here.
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