Addictions come in many shapes and sizes – as do the people who suffer from them. Apart from the more common addictions such as substance abuse, for example drugs and alcohol, many Australians from all walks of life can experience addictions such as gambling, sex, porn, food, even internet and shopping!
Apart from the distress that addiction can have upon the individual – these compulsive behaviours can also create huge problems for families, loved ones, friends and even colleagues.
Addiction can be identified by a variety of symptoms: Perhaps you find yourself constantly distracted by thinking or even obsessing about when you can next engage in your vice? You start trying to disguise, hide or even outright lie about your behaviour. You are spending more and more time engaging in your area of addiction and are feeling ashamed, stressed and guilty. The problem is starting to cause conflict and distress to both you and your family. You may experience feelings of cravings and anxiousness which are only alleviated by engaging in this addictive behaviour. You wish you could stop but feel you have no control over the problem. You may even be missing work, social events or family time because you are depleted of energy or spending more and more time pursuing addictive activities. Can I get back a sense of control? Therapy is an excellent way to treat addiction because it empowers you to regain control over your behaviour. Addiction counselling works because it shows you how to:
· Understand the addictive cycle – where it comes from and what keeps it going
· Identify stress triggers and how to manage them
· Develop healthy alternatives to addictive behaviour
· Improve self-esteem and work on guilt and shame
· Learn about rehabilitation and support groups
· Find better ways to manage and control stress
Our psychologists at our Preston clinic are very aware and insightful to the causes and treatment of addictive behaviour. They understand the underlying issues that are associated with addiction such as depression, anxiety, stress, financial, genetic pre-disposition and relationships problems and can offer you support in a non-judgemental, empathetic and fully confidential manner.
Time to take control.
Life Resolutions Preston is also conveniently located to Thornbury, Reservoir, Northland Shopping Centre, Coburg, Fawkner, Northcote, Heidelberg, Rosanna, Bellfield, Ivanhoe and Bundoora
Where is Our Addictions Service Located?
We are conveniently located Suite 401/398 Sydney Road, Coburg 3058 (entry via Page Street Plaza).
To find out how we can help call today on 1300 668 256