Mental Health Counselling for Addiction Problems – Available in Wolverhampton & Online Worldwide
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.
How is Addiction Defined?
“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 caused by the substance having addictive qualities? (This is the physical addiction model).
Is addiction a personal behaviour? (The is the psychological addiction model).
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’?
Surely, if the physical model of addiction is valid it should always be valid, not just sometimes. So if alcohol is addictive, why doesn’t everyone who drinks alcohol become addicted. If addiction is an individual, psychological trait, then the physical model of addiction cannot be valid!
Is Addiction is a ‘Belief’ or is Addiction ‘Real’?
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’ may depend more on what you believe than it does on physical 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 Thinking & Overcome Addiction Problems
If you’re committed to overcoming your addiction problems then we highly recommend following our Advanced Tranceformental CBT programme with Paul. Tranceformental CBT is available as Online Therapy if required.
The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic mental health counselling course, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.
Our Tranceformental CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
Free Initial Consultations for Addiction Issues
The consultation is free and last around 50 minutes.
During this consultation we will discuss the various types of psychological therapy that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
Initial consultations are also available as part of our online counselling service.
At Tranceform Psychology we emphasise the importance of the therapy relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss our change programmes BEFORE proceeding.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking mental health work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a proven, evidence-based form of mental health counselling for developing a fundamental understanding of the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.
The full course costs £795 which you can pay for on our fees page.
Tranceformental CBT is available On-line as well as a one-to-one format in the clinic.
Visit Online Counselling for more details.
Nor Ready for One-to-One Therapy?
Why not buy my new self-help book instead:
"Restrictive Realities of Belief" - a practical guide to overcoming mental health problems using cognitive & social psychology.
Available as a self-activated, online course from Autumn 2021.
Available to download from our online shop.
Do You Have a 'Mental Illness'?
Why not try out these mental health quizzes to see if you have the symptoms of Depression or Anxiety.
These two tests are used throughout the mental health profession as indicators of mental illness.
NOTE: These quizzes do NOT diagnose mental illness, only that you have associated symptoms.