Addictions can be used by a person to escape from or cope with their problems and suffering. These unhelpful coping strategies take many forms some of which are alcohol, drugs, gambling, eating and sex. Addiction impacts on millions of people around the world. The long term destructive consequences of addictions can bring on feelings of guilt, shame and depression. People can become isolated and withdraw from other aspects of their life. This dependency can have devastating consequences on the individual
Your psychotherapist acknowledges that all addictions are different and often first emerged as a way to escape from or cope with emotional pain. Central to the treatment is helping the person gain an understanding of the function of their addiction, which is vital for the recovery process. The therapy will also focus on developing healthier, safer coping strategies which can enable the person to better manage and tolerate emotional distress.
Your psychotherapist has worked in the field of addiction and dual diagnosis for many years. The following are some of the addictions people may present with.
- Illegal Drugs
- Prescription Drugs