Drug Addiction Counselling in London
What is Drug Addiction?
The two primary indicators of alcohol and drug addiction are:
- tolerance: defined as an increase in the amount of intake to produce the same pleasure or a need for a higher dose to elicit the same effect;
- withdrawal symptoms: in the course of acute or chronic abuse of psychoactive drugs or alcohol, a physical or physiological adaptation occurs. A sudden or abrapt cessation of intake will precipitate acute physical or physicological symptoms: body pain, nausea, chills, vomiting, anxiety and depression.
What causes Addiction?
We all have a potential for addiction, but specific individuals may be more predisposed than others. The disease of drug addiction is caused by multiple etiological factors. Research shows that the causative factors for addiction are both genetic and environmental. An interesting aspect is how the interaction between these factors can determine the outcome for individuals who struggle with addiction.
Treatment for Addiction
It is possible to treat and manage drug addiction and therapy can be very successful in managing and resolving alcoholism and drug addiction. Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps you to identify and challenge irrational thinking and beliefs that trigger the urge to use drugs and alcohol. With your therapist, you can work to identify triggers, responses, and a plan to cope with the trigger to resolve your addiction problems.
For more information about talking therapies and treatment programmes available at our Clinics in London, Milan and Rome please visit our Treatment page.
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