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More about Addictions

If you have an addiction, you're not alone. According to the charity Action on Addiction, 1 in 3 people are addicted to something.

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 smoking, but it's possible to be addicted to just about anything, including: Sex, video gaming, social media, internet surfing, work, shopping, food and solvent abuse.

The strain of managing an addiction can seriously damage your work life and relationships. Some addictions can have serious psychological and physical effects.

There are many reasons why addictions begin, such as: peer pressure; habits getting out of control; a need to block unpleasant issues, thoughts or feelings; trying to re-create powerful urges and feelings to the point of needing more and more to satisfy cravings and achieve a 'high'. Even more concerning is the 'Persuasive Design' technology built into apps, video games, etc. that specifically targets areas of the brain responsible for forming habits and addictions. The WHO (World Health Organisation) now recognises video gaming addiction as a mental health disorder.

Addiction is a treatable condition. Whatever the addiction, there are lots of ways you can seek help. You could see your GP for advice or contact an organisation that specialises in helping people with specific addictions.

At Asana, many of our qualified therapists are able to help with common addictions, such as smoking, alcohol, etc. But we also have some highly regarded specialists, including two Psychosexual Therapists (Joanna Benfield and Cecily Criminale), who are recognised experts in their field.  We also have Petar Rodic, an Integrative Counsellor who specialises in Addiction Therapy for drugs, alcohol, substance misuse and more. Petar also helps people regain a sense of meaning and purpose in life. Nicola Todd is a Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist who has been successfully treating addictions and habits, as well as many other conditions, for over twenty years in the NHS and private practice.

View their profiles to find out more. Just click on a name below.