Addiction is a condition of compulsion. Activities that may be momentarily pleasurable, ultimately prove harmful. When these activities interfere with our ordinary responsibilities, relationships, or health, it may be time to seek help.
Addiction is an uncontrollable craving for something, whether a substance or behaviour. Though there are many different types of addiction – alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling addiction, pornography addiction, and sex addiction – ultimately, it doesn’t matter what the addict craves. Addiction is less about the substance or behaviour; more about the feelings the addict is avoiding.
Addiction counselling – an essential aspect of treatment for substance abuse or behavioural addictions – starts with the realisation that there is an issue. Having admitted to the problem the individual can then reach out for help. Long-term recovery then requires a commitment to changing one’s behaviour, lifestyle and mind-set.
Initially, the aim is to help people set achievable and empowering short-term goals. These new coping strategies help overcome the addiction in the short term. Then, adaptive skills may be needed so the person can recover their physical and emotional wellbeing without the addiction. Next, the addiction counsellor helps the individual explore the root of the addiction.
In some cases, the addiction counsellor and individual work together to set long-term goals which include repairing damaged relationships. This includes accepting responsibility for past actions, thereby releasing shame and guilt. This allows the individual to move forward with clarity, focus and purpose.
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