Counselling provides a space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings and build self-awareness in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment. This gives you the opportunity to make better decisions, to free yourself from self defeating patterns and to have better relationships.
I have experience of working with addiction problems in the Brighton and Hove area and have also worked in London and Surrey in both the public and private sector. There might not be one irrefutable explanation for what constitutes addiction but my practice is informed by much of the recent research. This research characterises addiction as a condition that relates to dysfunctional brain circuitry in the motivational, reward and memory pathways. Those with an addiction problem tend towards obsessive and compulsive behaviours that attempt to satisfy such pathways. Put simply, individuals who have addictive tendencies continue despite negative consequences because the addiction is often too powerful to overcome without help.