What is an Addiction?
Addiction is defined as the ‘compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli, despite adverse consequences.’ Being addicted means having lost the choice over whether to engage/use the stimuli or not, resulting in destructive behaviours affecting the individual, their families and society in general.
Repeated use of any stimuli causes changes in the brain’s reward system, resulting in the need for every increasing quantities to satisfy the craving or achieve the ‘high’, eventually leading to addiction. We can become addicted to almost anything, from substances (drugs, alcohol) to behaviours (gambling, exercise).
Based on the 12 Step Minnesota approach, I aim to work with you to resolve the underlying issues that have lead to your addiction and develop healthier coping strategies in order to prevent relapse.