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 you develop with a substance or behaviour that takes precedence over all other relationships, including the one you have with yourself. Addictive behaviour is isolating and over time it destroys your sense of self and ability to connect with others.

Individuals struggling with addiction are not born addicts or alcoholics, they have come to depend on something external to themselves to manage what they can’t manage in life. This may occur for a variety of reasons and therapy for addiction is focused on understanding what has happened in an individual’s life that  sabotages their ability to live life as the functional adult they are capable of being.

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 self-destructive and not without collateral damage.

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