Addiction

  • Are you concerned about a habit in your life?
  • Are there things you do that you hide from those closest to you?

Not all addiction is bad. Workaholism or addiction to exercise for example, can result in high levels of achievement.

However, if addiction is harming you and/or others, getting in the way of life goals, or wrecking relationships, it’s time for change.

There are two sorts of addiction. A simple chemical addiction, and an emotional addiction.

Chemical addiction (e.g. to nicotine or heroin) is where you use to relieve cravings. You don’t have to be smoking or injecting or drinking to have a chemical addiction. Dopamine is also an addictive chemical and works on the same reward systems in the brain. If gambling or pornography gives you a dopamine ‘hit’ then you can become addicted.

Emotional addiction (e.g. to eating or playing computer games) is where you are seeking to escape bad feelings inside. Typically, the addictive behaviour is the tip of a much bigger emotional iceberg.

Often the two run together.

Chemical addiction can be overcome with:

  • Accountability
  • Willpower
  • Friends
  • Chemical aids such as nicotine patches
  • Changes in lifestyle habits

Overcoming emotional addiction requires a fearless examination of self, and emotional healing. This may be a long-term project. It will definitely require you to go on a Hero’s Journey. However, even the best hero’s and heroines don’t make it on their own.

Due to work commitments Trauma Life Recovery is not able to offer one on one counselling at this time. However you will certainly benefit from our foundational Trauma Life Recovery Course. In this course we deal with core issues underlying addiction and teach practical tools for recovery.