Addiction

Our approach

There is no doubt that the term ‘addiction’ carries with it a stigma and this is one reason why I also use terms such as ‘self-destructive cycles’ or ‘problematic use’.

It is important to state at the outset that neither myself nor anyone else can or should label you as an addict or anything else for that matter and you will discover within the programme that labels are not important when it comes to how we change or how we think of ourself – we have to look beyond them.

Interestingly, if you look around, you will likely find many people who are addicted to something on some sort of level, whether that is, for example, food, exercise, coffee or it could be a behaviour such as co-dependency, anger or resentment. What this highlights is that there are many different levels of severity to addiction and some are problematic whilst others are not.

Therefore, it is helpful to remember that no one situation can really fit into one definition and so just try to think of the term’s addiction, self-destructive or problematic as a simple way for us to identify what the issue is in relation to.

For those that wish to explore this topic further please go to the Blog section of this website where you will find further research and studies I have undertaken – of particular interest may be the Substance Use and Addiction Theory academic article.

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The Versatility Of Making Changes

Making Changes has helped a wide variety of people who have come with a wide variety of challenges. On the one hand, you may have a person who is drinking alcohol on a 24/7 basis, yet on the other, it may be someone who just has one or two glasses of wine in an evening.

Let’s take the first person – given the severity of their situation we have to really look at what the source of that problem is, which in that case, is alcohol. Further down the line, we start to look beyond that and move into the psychology of what lies underneath that issue and that is what provides the foundation for a long-term transformation rather than a fleeting change that soon reverts back to old behaviours. If we take the second person, we may not need to concentrate as long on the intake of alcohol and instead explore the lifestyle and mindset aspects of what issues that person is facing.

It may be of course, that you are binge drinking heavily several times a week and so would fall somewhere in between the two above. Additionally, Making Changes can apply to those who are carrying out problematic use of drugs and has even, on occasion, helped people who do not have alcohol or substance issues. Ultimately, this is a programme that changes the way we view the world and live our life and you don’t always need to have alcohol or drug issues to want to do that.

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