What is Addiction

Addiction is a psychological condition often accompanied by physical dependency. The use and abuse of substances or behaviours may be problematic but it is different from addiction.  The development of addiction takes time and is marked by psychological dependence on something outside oneself for self regulation.  Addiction is essentially a relationship one develops with a substance or behaviour that takes precedence over all other relationships, including the one we have with ourself. Addictive behaviour is isolating and it destroys your ability to connect with others.

Individuals struggling with addiction are not born addicts or alcoholics, they became became dependent  for a variety of reasons. Part of the therapy for addiction is understanding what has happened in a person’s life that led them to depend on the use of substances or behaviours to manage their experience of living .

Addiction comes in many forms, for some it is substance-based (alcohol, cocaine, amphetamines, marijuana…) and for others it is behavioural (food, sex, relationships, gambling…). Whatever form it takes, the endgame is destructive for not without collateral damage.

At Addiction Therapy Brussels you will find a holistic approach to healing that is humanistic and focused on the whole person.  If you are concerned about the extent to which the use of substances or specific behaviours is impacting your well-being, get in contact and we can discuss what is going on for you and how to plan a healthy way forward .

If you would like to schedule an introductory meeting or ask for further information,  please feel free to contact me using the email form at the bottom of this page or by calling me at 0497 23 0447.