Therapy needs to be complete in your battle with your addiction


Addictions take time to acquire so if you’ve got an addiction, the chances are that it’s developed over a fairly long period of time and to work on that addiction and to start tackling it is only the beginning of the journey.

It really concerns me that people come into therapy for addictions and after a few sessions they haven’t had a lapse or a relapse and sadly some of them say “look i’m doing really well and i’m not goig to come back to counselling at the moment, i’m fine”

But we’ve got to remember the addiction works with the reward centre and we grow new neural pathways. When we grow new neural pathways within the reward centre they’re always there, they may not be as strong and they may fade but they remain tangled in the reward circuits. So that explains why people can lapse over the short time or even years later because they could be triggered and the old neural pathways are still there, ready to be drawn upon.

So when you come to counselling, it’s a process it’s a matter of understanding the chemical behind your addiction, the cravings, the triggers and how to tackle them and put in place many strategies. While this is happening just imagine you need scaffolding to support you through your journey of beating your addiction. As you get more and more confident we can pull the scaffolding down and then becomes more time in between each sessions.

But just remember addictions come under the disease model. They are never cured and they go into remission and we have to work on them all of the time.

So, if you want help with your addiction please give me a call on 0418 720 176. John Arber. 0418 720 176 and i’m happy to have a confidential chat with you.

Thank you.

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