What is addiction?
Addiction is defined as not having control over using, doing or taking something to the point where it becomes dangerous and harmful to your health. Addiction is most commonly associated with drugs, alcohol, nicotine and gambling. However, there are other things that could be considered harmful as well such as:
Shopping - Spending within your means is not considered harmful. Nevertheless, regularly using credit cards and loans could get you into serious debt and may have an impact on your credit score
The internet - Spending too much time on your phone or computer could have an impact on your day to day life. Specifically, your posture which then could lead to back and neck issues.
Solvents - Inhaling substances such as aerosols, glue or lighter fuel to give you a a feeling of intoxication. These are very dangerous to your health and could be fatal.
Addiction is caused by the feeling you get when you drink alcohol, take drugs etc. These enjoyable feelings make you feel good physically and mentally and make you want to do the activity again and again to relive these enjoyable feelings. Addiction begins when not having it gives withdrawal symptoms which can be unpleasant, so the urge to carry on encourages you to do it over and over again. This then becomes a habit which is hard to break.
Symptoms of addiction include:
The activity of substance is used for longer than intended
There is no desire to cut down
There are strong cravings to complete the activity or take the substance again
The use of substance or activity impacts on your work, family or daily life
How Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help me?
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy helps you understand the link between your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. CBT is known to help find ways to overcome your anxiety by identifying any negative patterns which cause your anxiety and transform them with healthy, positive thoughts and feelings.This is achieved by a concept called Systematic Desensitization, which is also known as exposure therapy. Your therapist will gradually expose you to situations which would normally trigger your anxiety. Eventually you will learn to replace any negative thoughts and feelings with positive ones.