What is Addiction?
An addiction is a regular compulsion, some specific activity which is usually damaging to our life balance and well-being, often we may not realise our behaviour or addiction is causing a problem until it is serious. It is often a friend or family member that observes a problem long before the person with the addiction does. Addiction counselling helps and it’s important an addiction counsellor with specific skills is sought.
The term addiction is often used more commonly for drug and alcohol misuse but it is applied to other habits such as gambling, pornography, social network, sex or eating disorders. Factors that have been suggested as causes of addiction include genetic tendencies, biological, pharmacological, social factors and peer pressure. We often become addicted to something when we feel out of control.
Something tends to be described as an addiction when it interferes with our ‘normal’ everyday tasks and routines, things like our work, career’s or our relationships with others. If the addictive behaviour effects our ability to function properly, then it is safe to assume it is an addiction or a problematic behaviour, which may benefit from addiction counselling.
Addictions may come about as a result of a person having some other issue going on in their lives, sometimes called an underlying issue. This is especially the case with alcohol addiction.
Alcohol addiction counselling is very effective as it should explore the physical and the psycho-social aspects of the addiction.
Alcohol is very effective at numbing pain, both physical and emotional. Many people start using alcohol as a strategy for blocking out pain and whist the strategy may block out the underlying issue, be it emotional or physical pain, it also brings it’s own unique problems.
Physical and psychological dependency to alcohol and several physical ailments may result from excessive or prolonged periods of alcohol use.
The use of other prescribed or illicit medicines and drugs are also used as a means of blocking emotional and physical pain and it is vital that specific addiction counselling is sought.