I have been actively interested in aspects of addiction and addictive behaviours for many years. In this time, I have seen the problems escalate to levels unimaginable a few years ago and at the same time seen successive governments appearing to totally misunderstand the true nature of addiction and cutting availability resources accordingly.
I have also witnessed the devastation that addictions and dependences to substances and behaviours can have upon families and friends of users. I have a special interest in working with Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA).
I do not claim therapy can ‘cure’ addiction as such but I do believe engaging with a therapist can significantly support the process of recovery and rehabilitation from a wide range of addictions and addictive behaviours which if left unaddressed can destroy the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of all those it encounters.
I have experience working with a wide range of addictions and behaviours including alcohol, drugs, solvents, gambling, on-line porn and video gaming, sex and spending. I am also experienced in supporting people working a 12 step programme.
“Addiction is cunning, baffling and powerful.”
“Addiction begins with pain and ends with pain“
“At first, addiction is maintained by pleasure, but the intensity of this pleasure gradually diminishes and the addiction is then maintained by the avoidance of pain.“
“The mentality and behaviour of drug addicts and alcoholics is wholly irrational until you understand that they are completely powerless over their addiction and unless they have structured help, they have no hope.”
“Addiction doesn’t kill the addict. It kills the family, kids and people who tried to help.”