“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
- Maria Robinson
Is your life being controlled by an addiction, either to a substance or to an addictive behaviour?
Nobody chooses to be addicted. The first step is admitting to yourself that you have an addiction and this step can be the hardest step, denial is addiction’s biggest ally, many times it is family and friends who recognise the problem before you do. You do have a choice.
Sometimes you stay addicted to a substance or behaviour through fear of the unknown, life without the addiction can seem scary, unimaginable and it seems easier to live with the addiction than take the difficult step into the unknown. You know logically that this does not make sense, but this is the nature of addiction, it can sometimes feel like forces outside of your control are dictating your behaviour.
A counsellor will help you understand the underlying issues that started and fuelled the addiction and also to identify any possible triggers that could lead to a relapse. Addiction can also lead to other psychological symptoms, for example, depression, low self esteem, etc and these are also addressed during counselling. Counselling also offers support during the recovery stage to minimize the possibility of a relapse and to help you negotiate family and friends during this critical stage. On occasions, an eclectic course may be adopted when a combination of approaches may be used, i.e. counselling, hypnotherapy, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).