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People often begin using alcohol and/or other drugs as a way of helping them to cope with difficult situations, physical pain, or emotional pain. For others, they may rely on gambling, sex, shopping, or other behaviours to help provide temporary relief from symptoms. In the short-term, these can help to reduce suffering or pain, but it seldom provides a long-term solution.

Addictions seldom occur overnight and usually become increasingly difficult to stop. They may feel like the addiction has taken control of their life, impacting health, well-being, productivity, finances and relationships.

Types Of Addictions

There are many types of addictions. Some common addictions include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Gambling
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Sex and pornography
  • Shopping
  • Internet
  • Social media
  • Gaming
  • Substance and drug abuse

Breaking the cycle of addiction can be very difficult and usually requires the help of a trained professional such as a psychologist or GP.

Signs that Addiction is a Problem

  • Difficulty meeting work and relationship commitments
  • Having an intention to quit after a ‘fix’ and then relapsing when you are ‘coming down’
  • Increased difficulty with your health, relationships, finances
  • Problems with the law, due to drug/alcohol use
  • Increased substance/alcohol use
  • Fixation with getting your needs met
  • Change in mood/behaviour when you are withdrawing
  • Relying on your addiction to help you cope with feelings of anxiety, depression, or loneliness.
  • Disturbed sleeping patterns
  • Increased guilt or shame about the behaviour, often leading to hiding the behaviour, lying and/or deceit.

Breaking Free of Addiction

The first step in breaking the cycle of addiction is recognising that the behaviour is a problem, even though you may enjoy it. Sometimes it is helpful to work out the pros and cons of the addiction and assess if you want change. The psychologists at Life Resolutions, Sunshine, are trained to help you understand the impacts of addiction and assess your motivation for change. They can help you identify triggers that make quitting difficult, and provide you with strategies to help you quit or reduce the behaviour.

Call us for more information about how we can help or book an appointment.

Where is Our Addiction Service Located?

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