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16th October 2018 
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Experienced addiction counsellor based in Brighton and Hove

I provide addiction counselling in Brighton and Hove and have experience of private practice as well as working as a therapist for organisations in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

If you are struggling with any kind of addiction including (but not limited to) drugs and alcohol, sex, love, shopping, internet/social media, gambling and food then I might be able to help. I also work with often associated areas like anxiety, social anxiety, depression, stress, loss, relationship difficulties, intimacy and codependency.

I practice a therapeutic style that integrates various cognitive behavioural and humanistic approaches and I also have extensive experience with the 12 step model of recovery. If you are in the Brighton and Hove area and would like to talk about an addiction problem or related issue please make contact, it might be one of the best decisions you have made in a long time..

ABOUT ADDICTION

Put simply an addiction is a behaviour that is difficult or seemingly impossible to control, one that it is difficult to moderate or stop and that often leads to difficulties for the addicted person as well as those that are close to them.

Up to date theories posit that addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.

Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission. Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.