Addictions are varied in their type and become a problem when they negatively impact on an individual’s employment, finances, relationships, health or personal goals. Addiction can affect individuals of all ages, whether you are a teenager or an adult. For those who have addictions, it can be difficult to manage addictive behaviours yourself. Thus, seeking external help from counselling can help clients with their addiction. Counselling services can assist with the psychological aspects of addiction including exploring the behavioural and emotional causes of addiction. Working in conjunction with other health specialists, individualised plans and treatment goals are created, to gain the best outcome for clients.
Types of Addiction include:
- drug addiction
- addiction to prescription medication
- alcohol addiction
- substance abuse
- gambling addiction
- sex addiction
- pornography and internet addiction.
Hallmarks of an addiction are when the use of the substance or behaviour becomes out of the control of the user, impacting on other significant aspects of their lives, including, work, school or their social life.
Symptoms of Addiction include:
- substance/behaviour becomes a disproportionate focus on a person’s life.
- substance/behaviour has a negative consequence on aspects of a person’s life.
- family and friends express concern in regard to the individual’s substance use/behaviour.
- feelings of depression and anxiety associated with the negative consequences of the use of the substance/behaviour.
- feeling of lack of control over the use of the substance/behaviour.
- lying to hide substance/drug use or behaviour.
- escalation of the use of the substance/behaviour to get a better ‘high’.
Addiction Counselling with New Vision Psychology
New Vision Psychology psychologists and counsellors look to proven methods to assist clients with their addiction through addiction treatments.
Addiction Counsellors at New Vision Psychology will explore underlying reasons for the use, the triggers and patterns of use, to identify and break the habit. Once the addictive behaviours are recognised, they can be treated more effectively. Counsellors explore realistic goals and recognise that abstinence may not necessarily be the end goal of the client.
Proven clinical treatment options include the use of ‘Motivational Interviewing’ (to assess the stage and readiness for change, and to assist with increasing motivation for change), ‘Harm Minimisation’ principles (to minimise the harm caused by continued use), ‘Relapse Prevention’ and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (to explore the thoughts and behaviours that maintain use, and replace these with more helpful thoughts and behaviours).
Please contact New Vision Psychology to discuss your addiction and goals around use. As well as face-to-face counselling, we are happy to spend time with you over the phone to discuss your situation and how we can help.
New Vision Psychology counsellors have extensive experience working in counselling, using a wide range of evidence-based frameworks, coping strategies and therapeutic methods. A key principle of our therapy is to work collaboratively with clients to meet their individual needs. This is by working with the therapeutic method that works best for the individual client.
Some of these methods include, but are not restricted to:
- Client centred approach
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Relaxation strategies
- Interpersonal Therapies
- Solutions-Focused Therapies
- Psycho-dynamic approaches