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 Substance Addictions.

There are many,  many,  reasons why people become addicted, whether it is to cannabis, alcohol, cocaine, heroin or any of the different drugs which are frequently misused.  Very rarely is it the case that the body is physiologically dependent on the drug.  The organ most commonly involved is the brain! 

We use drugs either to escape the pain, disappointments, and guilt in our lives, or to give us the confidence we lack in social situations.  Sometimes too, peer pressure – the need to be one of the crowd – plays a great part in addictive behaviour.  Often, too, the client despairingly believes that he or she cannot overcome their problem – and nothing could be further from the truth. 

Why?    Because any behaviour pattern can be changed!  We all have it within us to make the changes we want to make – but sometimes we need some help to do it. 

The treatment of addictions using psychotherapy is based on a four-point model as follows: 

·         Psychotherapy (usually Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and hypnotherapy used together tackle the sometimes deep seated psychological reasons behind the addiction. 

·         Motivational counselling increases the will of the client to succeed  

·         Relaxation response and stress management techniques provide the client with the tools to help to minimise psychological dependency.  

At the Life Change On Line, we have many years of experience in helping people take back control of their lives, opening up a whole different future for themselves. Perhaps we can help you too.