What is an addiction? An addiction can be understood as a substance that needs to be used or engaging in an activity in order to feel comfort. However the continued use of the substance or behaviour interferes with day to day life such as your job, relationships, health, school, finances, etc.
Addictions can vary from experimental use to dependency. It is important to understand where one falls on the spectrum in order to provide the correct treatment.
While some may believe that it is easy to quit or just not to think about it, I understand that it is just not that simple. Usually an addiction is a way people use to cope with feelings, thoughts and emotions. Until those layers are explored and understood, it is often difficult to change. The most common form of therapy used in addictions is Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change.
If you or someone you know is affected by an addiction, and are wanting to explore what your options are, how to start addiction counselling, or are wanting to learn how to cope with cravings, please contact me.