If you’re struggling with any kind of substance abuse, you will have most likely tried to cut down or quit many times without success.
This can leave you feeling that there is something inherently wrong with you – that perhaps you have some inherited genetic condition or that there is something wrong with your brain. Or maybe you think you simply need to ‘get a grip’ and try a bit harder.
The thing is, none of these are true.
Recent advances in brain science have shed light on what is actually happening in our brains when we become addicted. We now have a much better understanding of:
- why certain people become addicted and others don’t.
- how addictions start and are maintained
- why it is difficult for someone to stop – even when they really want to.
- what strategies and techniques help people to overcome their addiction.
Addiction develops when we use a substance to manage our emotions.
It is all about changing the way we feel.
If we are stressed, anxious, angry, sad, lonely or generally dissatisfied with our lives – alcohol or other kinds of drugs are a quick, efficient way to make us feel better. And this isn’t really a problem if it’s only now and again.
But when we repeatedly use a substance to change the way we feel, the subconscious brain becomes wired to do it automatically and more frequently. This is a normal brain process – basic neuro-plasticity.
The brain starts to ‘believe’ that the substance – alcohol or drugs – is essential to our survival and will push to get more and more of it.
It does this by generating a craving and narrowing our perception so that all we can think about is getting the substance.
Anyone who struggles to regulate emotions and feelings in healthy ways is vulnerable to dependency.
This is why addiction is so common in people who suffer from depression, anxiety, stress or have had difficult childhoods.
Our counselling programme for substance abuse will help you to:
- understand why YOU have become addicted
- understand why it is difficult for you to stop
- identify and change self-limiting or unhelpful beliefs that keep you stuck
- learn healthy ways to manage and process feelings
- identify triggers and overcome cravings
- change areas of your life in which you feel stuck
If you want to find out more about how we can help you – contact us for a free no obligation chat via skype.
All sessions have the option of being recorded.
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