Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you.
Addiction is most commonly associated with gambling, drugs, alcohol and nicotine, but it’s possible to be addicted to just about anything, including:
- work – some people are obsessed with their work to the extent that they become physically exhausted; if your relationship, family and social life are affected and you never take holidays, you may be addicted to work
- internet – as computer and mobile phone use has increased, so too have computer and internet addictions; people may spend hours each day and night surfing the internet or gaming while neglecting other aspects of their lives
- solvents – volatile substance abuse is when you inhale substances such as glue, aerosols, petrol or lighter fuel to give you a feeling of intoxication
- shopping – shopping becomes an addiction when you buy things you don’t need or want to achieve a buzz; this is quickly followed by feelings of guilt, shame or despair
Whether you are battling a dependency to Drugs, Alcohol, Gambling, Internet or Sex our Specialist Addiction Team can help you achieve your goals.
Addictive behaviour can often cause shame and embarrassment to the addicted person and their family. An addiction can have catastrophic effects on our employment and our personal lives. All enquiries and information shared with the clinic will keep 100% confidential and will never be disclosed to a third party unless you are at serious risk or you give us specific permission to do so.
Our Team of Addiction Therapists
We have a highly skilled team of Addiction Therapists and Addiction Counsellors working at our Clinic in Canary Wharf, London, who have many years experience of working within the NHS and the private sector.
All our Addiction Therapists & Addiction Counsellors are fully accredited/ registered with the BABCP, BACP and UKCP and take pride in the knowledge that the Addiction Therapy they provide has been proven to be effective for so many different areas of addiction.
What to expect from Addiction Treatment
The core therapy used to treat addictions is CBT Therapy for Addictions. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a psychotherapy that aims to reduce excessive emotional reactions and self-defeating behaviours by modifying the faulty or erroneous thinking and maladaptive beliefs that underlie addiction.
CBT Therapy for Addictions helps individuals to come to grips with the problems leading to emotional distress and to gain a broader perspective on their reliance on substances etc for pleasure and relief of discomfort. In addition, specific cognitive strategies help to reduce their urges and at the same time establish a stronger system of internal control.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Addictions can help individuals to combat their depression,anxiety, guilt or anger which frequently fuels addictive behaviour
How can I ensure I remain free of Addiction?
By teaching Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Addictive Behaviours, we can provide the recovering individual with a powerful and effective way to stay in recovery.
Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) is an aftercare program integrating cognitive behavioural relapse prevention skills and mindfulness meditation practice for individuals who have completed initial treatment for addiction.
In our experience, this programme is best suited to individuals who have completed addiction treatment, are motivated to maintain treatment goals and are willing to make lifestyle changes that support their well-being and recovery.
The MBRP programme is designed to bring practices of mindful awareness to individuals suffering from the addictive trappings of the mind. The practices in the programme are intended to foster increased awareness of triggers, habitual patterns and “automatic” reactions that seem to control our lives. These practices cultivate the ability to pause, observe present moment experience and bring awareness to the range of choices before us in every moment. Ultimately we are working towards freedom from deeply engrained and often catastrophic habitual patterns of thought and behaviour.
CBT Therapy for Addiction London
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT Therapy), Mindfulness Meditation and Medication can all be used to treat addiction. We’ll tailor a plan to your circumstances, medical history, and underlying conditions to help you live a balanced life free of addiction.
The CBT Clinic London understands addiction and can help. After assessing your symptoms, medical history, and severity of your condition, we can devise a treatment plan and help you live your life to the full again.
Getting help is easy. Simply complete our new patient registration form or if you have questions, contact our friendly team who will assist you. You can call us on 0207 157 9924 or Book Online. Consultations are free and will reveal your diagnosis and enable us to create a customised treatment plan.
Prefer flexible payments? We offer payment plans.