An addiction is often a behaviour developed when a person tries to cope with difficult situations in their lives, generally leading to a loss in control. Engaging in activities that seem to have more control over you then you control them; feeling angry or resentful when someone suggests that you should stop doing that activity; and, continuing to engage in the activity despite obvious harm to your physical or mental well being, may be signs that you or someone you know is suffering from an addiction.
Whether it be drugs, alcohol or gambling, addictive behaviours can often lead to depression and anxiety. Conversely, depression and anxiety themselves may also be the cause of some addictions. Men and women of all ages, including youths, are susceptible to developing these be addictive behaviours. You or someone you know may feel too embarrassed, frustrated and disappointed to seek help. However, an addiction left untreated can impact the social, developmental, physical and psychological well-being of the person. A trained psychologist is able to work with you in understanding the cause of these addictive behaviours, by identifying negative thought and relationships patterns. They are able to help you to define and create a new, healthier environment, in order to overcome the addiction. A strong support network is a great first step in overcoming addiction and turning your life around. Phone the clinic for a free emotional health check-up to see how we can help.