Addiction Counselling in Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Addiction is how we describe any behaviour which we believe drives us to keep doing or consuming something over and over again with no apparent ability to control that behaviour.
Addiction and Addictive behaviour seems to have become much more prevalent over the last few decades, but many scientists are now beginning to question the validity of the concept and how problems of Addiction might be tackled.
Definition of Addiction
“The state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.”
Is Addiction Physical or Psychological?
The above definition would seem to suggest that some things (substances or practices) might be ‘physically habit forming’, but most of us would not consider a ‘habit’ something that we had no control over!
It might be more useful to ask:
Is Addiction a feature of a substance / behaviour or is it a feature of the person who experiences Addiction?
Ask a person who has tried to quit smoking or drinking without success whether they believe that they are addicted and you are likely to get the response; ‘definitely!’
However, if you ask the same question to a person who successfully quit smoking because they believed that smoking was just a ‘habit’, then they will almost certainly disagree with the Addiction ‘model’.
How is it possible that one person was ‘addicted’ but the other person had a ‘habit’?
Addiction is a Belief
In order to make sense of the world, we all develop ‘perceptual models’ that provide a set of rules and logic through which we are able to make sense of what is happening to us. What we believe can have the most dramatic impact on the way that we ‘process’ the world around us.
Some of these beliefs are well-formed and based on sound logical reasoning, and some are more ‘distorted’ and based on what we might have been ‘told’ is ‘true’ or ‘real’ but are not necessarily so.
Beliefs are then either ‘useful’ or ‘limiting’.
If beliefs are ‘useful’ then there is very little need to change or modify them. However, Limiting Beliefs provide almost no benefits at all and so are something worthy of modification.
There is strong evidence that ‘addiction’ is more about what you believe, than it is about some sort of chemical dependency.
Happily, we help people to change their limiting beliefs all of the time, so if YOU want to beat your ‘Addiction’, whatever it is, then please do get in touch.
Transform Your Beliefs & Overcome Your Addiction
Both the Thrive Programme and Changing Limiting Beliefs are highly successful & pragmatic psychological training programmes, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem and then make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.
Thrive Programme Video
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FREE Initial Consultations for Addiction Problems
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your Addiction problems. During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At TranceForm we believe that therapy & counselling should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help. Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Thinking Errors Associated with Addiction
Addiction problems may be exacerbated by any number of common thinking errors that people tend to ‘suffer’. You can find out more about each of these by clicking on the links below:-
- Catastrophising – Making mountains out of molehills
- All or Nothing Thinking – Ignoring the middle-ground
- Fortune Telling – Trying to predict the future
- Mind Reading – I know what you’re thinking!
- Emotional Reasoning – Feelings aren’t facts
- Overgeneralising – Always, Never and Everybody
- Labelling – Successful / Failure
- Imperative Thinking – I need to, I have to and I must
- Confirmation Bias – He didn’t mean I was good because I know I’m not
- Processing Positive Experiences – I didn’t really deserve that Nobel Prize
- Low Frustration Tolerance – It’s too hard I can’t stand it / I can take it I’m worth it
- Personalisation – it’s always my fault when things go wrong
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