Addiction Treatment In London
Addiction is when someone becomes involved in a cycle of turning to substances or activities regardless of the negative impact it has on their life. Additions start early on in life when people grow up in an environment where they don’t learn to regulate their emotions well, this could be due to childhood emotional neglect or trauma. As a result of this people attempt to suppress their emotions using additive substances substances or behaviours rather than dealing with emotional changes in a healthy way. Effective addiction treatment involves restructuring how someone deals with their emotions.
When an individual becomes involved in compulsive or repetitive use of drugs or alcohol despite harmful consequences they may be diagnosed with substance dependance. Substance dependences include:
- Sedative, hypnotic or anxiolytic (including benzodiazepine addiction)
- Polysubstance dependence
Read more about Substance Abuse.
The term addiction may also be applied when referring to behavioural compulsions. When behaviours become excessive and start to have an impact on the a persons mental health, physical health, social or everyday life the they may be seen as an addiction. Examples of common behavioural addictions are shopping, sex, porn, eating, gambling, exercise, computer gaming and even compulsive hair pulling (trichotilomania).
As most additions are deep routed and occur as a result of how people have learned to deal with difficult emotions in early life, a therapy that is deep and gets to the route of the cause is recommended and therefore we find that Psychodynamic therapy is best for addition treatment.
Cognitive behavioural treatment
For people want to focus more on here and now staregties Cognitive Behavioural treatments help individuals change their beliefs and behaviours associated their addiction in order to allow them to form more positive patterns and increase their quality of life.