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Therapy For Addiction

Addiction. A word that represents so much. And gives so little. To be addicted to something is to hand over everything. To lose all that is you and to never be able to find your way back. To be addicted is for something else to matter more than anything else and to come above everything else. It takes over. It becomes the most important thing above anything. A person can totally lose themselves when they are addicted to something. They have no concept of anything else. Nothing else matters. Yet deep down – things matter so much more.

At Your Counselling Service we understand that addiction usually develops because of a deep level of pain. Individuals tend to start using because they are hurting. They might have experienced something traumatic or difficult in their life and not known how to process it or deal with it.  Sometimes individuals can feel so overwhelmed that they don’t know where to turn. As a result, they might turn to something that isn’t good for them. Something that stops the pain temporarily. That numbs it for now. The sad part being that it will only do that for a short while.

How we can help overcome addiction

Our therapists recognise that the challenges an individual face will still be there no matter what their substance of choice is the issues they are currently facing will always be there. The hardest part Is that addiction only makes a situation worse. People often become addicted to something as a way of trying to get some kind of control in their lives.  The irony is that the addiction leaves them feeling more out of control in the end. 

Whether it is exercise, drugs, gambling, shopping or sex, people turn to focusing on one area as a diversion from what they are experiencing.  This could for example be a relationship break down, bereavement or loss of a job. 

Therapy plays a crucial role when it comes to dealing with any kind of addiction. It enables people to start to process their underlying issues and to address the difficulties and challenges they have faced. Therapy provides a space for people to look at what they are really feeling and experiencing, and it gives them a chance to work through what they are really feeling and experiencing. As a result, it offers the chance for individuals to start to let go of their addiction.

Hear Lucy’s story

In this video Lucy very kindly volunteered to share her recovery experience with Your Counselling Service. It gives insights into how she was treated from the moment she enquired to the moment she recovered, and is a great example of how we like to treat and work with all our clients.

Our approach to helping those with addiction

A therapeutic space offers the chance for an individual to make active positive changes in their life. It provides the opportunity for individuals to explore their feelings and emotions in a safe space. It gives the chance for people to start to make changes and to begin to move forward. Using the therapeutic tool box that we provide so many people are able to recover and move forward with their life.

  • Starting the recovery process is the biggest step forward
  • Learn to respect and value yourself
  • Everything in moderation
  • Trust the process of recovery
  • Self-soothing and respect is key
  • Mood diaries can be very helpful
  • Everyone is individual with their own recovery plan
  • Emotional and physical health is so important
  • Change can happen and it can be positive
  • Fear can be overcome
  • Support network is important (and our service becomes a major part of this)
  • Feeling less alone and isolated aids recovery
  • Self-worth and esteem can develop through therapy
  • You are never alone
  • Recovery takes time, strength, and determination
  • We are here to help whenever you feel you can’t do it

Lets take your first step to recovery, together.

Making the decision to start therapy is both daunting and frightening. People often feel nervous and don’t know what to expect. To give you an idea, we would book an assessment as an initial chance for us to meet and talk. This would last an hour, and it is an opportunity to ask questions and to get to know you more. You can also ask about anything that you are unsure about. If you feel comfortable and are happy to go ahead, then we would book you in for weekly therapy. Each week would be different depending on where you are at, and what you are coming for. We can discuss all of your needs in the assessment and put a treatment plan in place. We have a great team and we are here to help.

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