Counselling for Addictive Behaviours
Often a situation, person, or a place can trigger an uncomfortable reaction, such as hurt, shame or anger, and this is when you might seek relief. If you’re addicted to alcohol, this trigger can lead to an uncomfortable reaction, which activates a set of alcohol “beliefs” – “it is good for me, it will make me feel better”, and so on. The desire to drink can be so strong that your mind rationalises this behaviour. Even though you are aware of the negative consequences, you still have an alcoholic drink. On top of this, you may have a set of “permission beliefs” – for example, “my life is rubbish” or “I deserve to feel better”.
Below are some common factors associated with addiction:
- Feelings of self-loathing, shame and undermining your self-esteem.
- Destructive relationships with partners, children and family members.
- The tendency to lie, manipulate or hide your behaviours.
- Damaging impact on your work life and finances.
- Potentially irreversible harm to your health.
Addictive behaviours can have serious consequences for you and your loved ones.
Committing to recovery takes great courage. Through counselling, we can build your trust by being completely open and honest. Together, we will look at your addictive behaviours, identify the underlying causes, and help you on your road to recovery.
- Learn your emotional responses to triggers and high-risk situations.
- Resolve your underlying issues by gaining an understanding of your addiction.
- Develop new coping skills and strategies to help you face uncomfortable emotions.
We’ll develop a comprehensive relapse prevention plan, so you can live a healthy life free from addiction – please get in touch for details.