Addiction, Self Harm & Eating Disorders
Addiction is when we feel unable to control repetitive behaviours that they have damaging consequences. They are powerful compulsions and they often start from a need to escape from upsetting feelings or situations. These compulsions spiral out of control and consequently cause pain and suffering, not only for those addicted, but also for their friends and family.
Addictions can develop from many things including drinking alcohol, self-harm, taking drugs, eating, gambling, having sex and using the Internet.
Often, addictions start because they make people feel better somehow. This could be feeling better emotionally and/or physically. These feelings then trigger a powerful urge to repeat the activity again and escape from the upset. This then can develop into a repetitive cycle that becomes very hard to break.
Counselling can help sufferers to recognise their condition and how their emotional needs are affecting their behaviour. This is an important step on the road to recovery. From there, the counsellor helps people to learn new healthy behaviour patterns and strategies to enable the moving on from the condition.