What is Addiction

 

Addiction is a psychological condition characterized by compulsive thinking and behaviour 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  dependence on something external to oneself for self soothing and regulation.  Addiction is  essentially a relationship you develop with a substance or behaviour that takes precedence over other relationships in life, including the one you have with yourself.

Addiction comes in many forms, and for some it is substance-based (alcohol, cocaine, amphetamines, marijuana…) and for others it may be behavioural (food, sex, relationships, gambling, drama…).

Whatever form it takes, addictive behaviour is  isolating and self-destructive. Over time, one loses the ability to nurture and sustain meaningful relationships. Sadly, the trajectory of addiction is predictable, sometimes fatal and rarely without collateral damage.

Individuals struggling with addiction are not born addicts or alcoholics. Something has happened along the way.  A substance or behaviour comes into play, and for a while it appears to help with what is uncomfortable or difficult to manage. Eventually, the remedy stops working  and the ‘solution’  becomes a problem.

Therapy for addiction is about understanding what underlies and drives maladaptive coping mechanisms.  Negative core beliefs and gnarly neural networks are untangled to be replaced with positive core beliefs and adaptive networks that access strengths and resources.

At Addiction Therapy Brussels you will find a holistic approach to what is causing distress in your life.  If you are concerned about the extent to which substances or specific behaviours are impacting your well-being, get in contact and we can discuss what is going on and how to move forward .

If you would like to schedule an introductory session or ask for further information,  please feel free to contact me by email or telephone and I will do my best to get back to you within 48 hrs.

Contact details:
addictiontherapybrussels@gmail.com
+32 (0) 497 23 04 47