What is addiction?
Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you physically and psychologically. The addictive behaviour or substance over stimulates the reward pathways in the brain resulting in pleasure and critically avoiding negative emotions. The brain function of self-regulation is diminished and control becomes almost impossible. An addiction can rapidly impact an individual’s health, relationships, finances and cause social and legal problems.
Causes and signs of an addiction
The doing, taking or using a substance or action creates a ‘high’ feeling physically and mentally which in turn gives a powerful urge to repeat the action. This can develop into a habit that becomes very hard to stop. Stopping the action can then cause withdrawal which is unpleasant; it is often easier to carry on so the cycle starts and continues.
To satisfy the craving can require more and more of the action or substance leading an addiction to get out of control.
Factors that may cause an addiction
- Psychological issues
- Unemployment, debt and poverty
- Being around another addict
- Emotional or professional pressures
Signs of an addiction
- Behavioural changes; secretive, dishonest, defensive, paranoid, mood swings
- Lack of responsibility e.g. work attendance and performance
- Lack of self-care
- Issues with judgement and decision making
- Sudden weight loss
- Memory problems
Addiction treatment and rehabilitation at Nightingale Hospital
All of our treatment is tailored to our patient’s needs based on the understanding that every person is unique and have their own challenge. We treat the following
Our therapy team looks after inpatients, outpatients and day therapy in both group and individual sessions.
We provide ongoing support with weekly free aftercare group for inpatients and day therapy patients for one year after treatment. These can be invaluable in helping you consolidate your recovery.
Family support groups
Those nearest to the sufferer often blame themselves, going through a range of emotions from despair, depression and guilt to anger and frustration, leaving them exhausted and having difficulty coping, as well as feeling powerless in how to deal with the situation.
Research has shown that the involvement of families in the treatment process greatly increases the prospects of a person’s recovery.
Addiction monthly free family day
Our addictions family day takes place once a month and is led by addictions and family specialist therapist. It consists of two groups.
One group is for family and partners only. It will offer them education in not only how to deal with the addicted person, but also how to safeguard themselves in this difficult situation. This can allow you to help your loved one in a healthy way while still being able to lead your own life.
The other group is to bring together the families and partners and the addicted person. It gives the addicted person the opportunity to learn how their addiction has affected family members and partners. It gives a forum for them both to express their thoughts and feelings.
Addiction weekly family free support group
Family support groups are aimed at families, partners and friends of people suffering from an addiction problem. When these problems arise, it can have a devastating effect on those who are close to the person. Our weekly family support groups are a huge source of emotional support for loved ones.
Free telephone consultation
We offer a free telephone consultation to determine if addictions treatment would be right for you or a loved one. Complete the form below and a member of our expert addictions team will be in touch to arrange an appointment.
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