Addiction

Addiction to a substance or activity often develops as a result of a need to alleviate emotional discomfort or physical pain.

Many of us are aware of common addictions such as drug and alcohol abuse, however addictions can also take the form of gambling, shopping, internet use, pornography, or sexual addiction.

We all have habit forming tendencies, however some people are more vulnerable to addiction as a result of hereditary factors, exposure to an environment of substance abuse, or one or more mental health issues.

Most people with an addiction require some form of professional treatment to help break free from their addictive behaviour. This is where counselling can help.

Symptoms of Addiction:

  • Neglecting responsibilities at work or home
  • Deteriorating relationships as a result of the addictive behaviour
  • An inability to cut down or stop the addiction, often with several unsuccessful attempts
  • Feeling distressed or irritable without the substance (withdrawal) and feeling “normal” when you resume use
  • Needing increasing doses of the substance to achieve the same effect
  • Organising events and commitments around periods of substance use
  • An inability to cope with everyday life without the substance

Treating Addiction

Addictions often occur as a result of unresolved emotional problems. If you do not address and resolve these emotional problems addictions can escalate over time, destroying your life and relationships.

During the counselling process, a psychologist will aim to uncover the cause of your addiction and discover the trigger points for addictive behaviour. They will also take the relevant steps in helping you to control the addiction so it doesn’t control you.

This includes breaking addictive patterns, learning coping strategies to manage day to day pressures, and changing negative thinking patterns.

Types of Addiction

  • Alcohol Addiction
  • Porn Addiction
  • Drug Addiction
  • Sex Addiction
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Internet Addiction

Medicare Rebates

Medicare rebates are available for psychological treatment by registered psychologists under the Australian Government’s Better Access to Mental Health Care initiative.

This scheme provides considerable financial assistance to people living with mental heath problems, allowing them greater access to psychologists and providing more affordable mental healthcare.

To access the Medicare Rebate, you need your GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician to complete a detailed mental health assessment and prepare a Mental Health Treatment Plan before referring you to a psychologist.

You may be eligible to receive Medicare rebates immediately into your bank account when paying for your session by cash, credit card, EFTPOS or cheque at all Life Resolutions locations.

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Where is Our Addictions Service Located?

We are conveniently located 59 Hamilton Street, Craigieburn VIC 3064.

To find out how we can help call today on 1300 668 256