Addiction

Addiction solutions from The Devon Clinic CIC

Addiction means not having control over doing, taking or using something, to the point that it may be harmful. Common addictions include addictions to alcohol or drugs, but it is possible to become addicted to anything, from gambling to sex to chocolate.

Effective Addiction treatments from The Devon Clinic CIC:

 

Personal Trainer

Psychology

Physiotherapy

Reiki

Acupressure

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Hypnotherapy

The Devon clinic is pleased to offer Addiction treatments from the following local practitioner(s):

Michael Potter at New Devon Clinic

Michael Potter

Joya Newcombe at New Devon Clinic

Joya Newcombe

Dr Ellis Kalmus BA(Hons), Clin.Psy.D., C.Psychol., AFBPsS. at New Devon Clinic

Dr Ellis Kalmus BA(Hons), Clin.Psy.D., C.Psychol., AFBPsS.

 Chris Fleet (Dip.Hyp. Adv D. hyp, GQHP) at New Devon Clinic

Chris Fleet (Dip.Hyp. Adv D. hyp, GQHP)

More About Addiction

You cannot control how you use whatever you are addicted to, and you become dependent on it to get through daily life.

Some people regularly use substances without any problems. In this form it is just a habit. However, other people experience damaging psychological and physical effects as their habit turns into an addiction.

Being unable to control the use of a substance can also put a lot of strain on relationships with others and can cause problems at work, school or home.

There is no single reason why addictions develop. Addictions to substances such as alcohol, drugs and nicotine change the way we feel, both mentally and physically. Some people enjoy this and feel a strong desire to repeat it.

Activities such as gambling may cause a ‘high’ if you win, followed by a desire to repeat the success. Eventually, it grows into a habit that cannot be broken because it has become a regular part of life.

Being addicted to a substance usually means you are dependent on it to some degree. Not having the substance you enjoy (withdrawal) becomes less pleasant than having it.

The more you use it, the more tolerant the body becomes until you need to use larger and more frequent amounts of the substance to get the same effect.

Who is most at risk?

Children who grow up in homes where there is alcohol or drug abuse may be more likely to develop addictions. Unemployment, poverty and lack of education can trigger addictions, as can stress and professional or emotional pressure. Indulging in the addiction can be a short-term way of dealing with and forgetting about difficult issues.

Complementary health therapies offer a wide range of solutions to treat almost every addiction. However, there are many other ways to treat addictions:

Many people consult their GP first, but help is also available from community addiction centres, where you can drop in without an appointment.

Treatment and support are provided from a range of different people, including specialist addiction nurses, counsellors and psychiatrists. There are also websites and helplines if you would rather access information or discuss the problem anonymously.

Local support groups give you the chance to meet other people with similar experiences.

Addiction is also sometimes known as:

  • Other forms of addiction:
  • Alcoholism
  • Drug addiction
  • Gambling addiction
  • Nymphomania
  • Over-eating
  • Smoking

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