Drug, Alcohol & Other Addictions
When people become addicted to a substance or activity, it often results from the need or wish to reduce emotional stress and physical pain. Many people are familiar with common addictions such as alcohol dependency or drug abuse, but other addictions include shopping, Internet use, gambling, sex or pornography.
In general, people have habit-forming tendencies to a certain degree – but some people are more susceptible to addiction, which can often be due to contact with an environment of substance abuse, experiencing mental health issues or hereditary factors. Most people with addiction-related issues require professional assistance to break free from addictive patterns and cycles of behaviour, which is where counselling can be of assistance. If you need drug addiction counselling or alcohol addiction counselling, it’s important you talk to a psychologist you trust and feel comfortable with.
Classic Addiction Symptoms
- Ignoring domestic or business-related responsibilities
- Relationship deterioration directly resulting from addictive behaviour
- A lack of ability to stop or reduce addictive behaviour, often accompanied by unsuccessful attempts
- Distress or irritability accompanying a lack of substance use (withdrawal) and feelings of normality when use is resumed
- Requiring increasing amounts of the substance to achieve noticeable effects
- Scheduling commitments and one’s life around periods of using
- Not being able to function or cope with day-to-day life without the substance
Addiction Treatment Approach
Quite often, addictions can be a result of emotional issues that need to be resolved. Without acknowledgement and resolution, these problems and their subsequent addictions can increase in severity, destroying relationships and any quality of life.
As part of the general and drug addiction counselling process, a psychologist’s main concern is determining the cause of your addiction and the trigger points for addiction- and relapse-related behaviour. They will also work to help you take control over your addiction, so it does not end up controlling you. These steps can include identifying and ending addictive patterns, becoming familiar with coping strategies that help to manage day-to-day stress, and altering negative thought patterns. These effective techniques are part of the treatment process for drug addiction counselling, general addiction assistance and alcohol addiction counselling.
- Addiction to alcohol
- Addiction to pornography
- Drug or substance addiction
- Sex addiction
- Gambling addiction
- Addiction to the internet
Psychological treatments are proven to help people with their issues by helping them to develop better coping skills and change negative patterns of thinking so that they can deal better with life’s conflicts and stresses.
Psychological therapies can help a person to recover and can also prevent issues from reoccurring. Psychological treatments can include Relaxation Skills, Psychoeducation, Psychological Counselling, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Inter-Personal Therapy (IPT), Behaviour Therapy, and Hypnosis.
Medicare rebates are available to those who are eligible. Rebates can be paid directly into your bank account when sessions are paid for using cash, cheque or EFTPOS.
How to Get Help
To find out more about drug, alcohol or other addictions counselling or to make an appointment with our psychologists for clients in Brighton, Bayside suburbs or all over Melbourne, please feel free to contact us on 03 9133 0996