What is an 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 of 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
Warning 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
Addictions treated at Nightingale Hospital
All of our treatment are tailored to our patient’s needs based on the understanding that every person is unique and have their own challenge. We treat the following
Addictions treatment offered at Nightingale Hospital
Our Therapy team looks after Inpatients, Outpatients and Day Therapy in both group and individual sessions.
We provide an 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.
Useful information resources for addiction patients and their families
- Action on Addition charity
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Gamblers Anonymous UK
- Narcotics Anonymous UK
- Drug Addicts Anonymous UK