At Anxiety Solutions CBT we understand that it can be really hard to say that there is a problem and that you need help. We also understand that addiction doesn’t discriminate – it can happen to anyone. The feelings of guilt and shame can be debilitating and it is exhausting trying to hide the problem.
If you are wondering if you or someone you know might be struggling with an addiction then ask yourself these few simple questions:
- Do you continue to engage in the behaviour or use the substance of choice even when it has negative impacts on your health, safety, work, school and social life?
- Have you tried to stop, regulate or cut down on doing this behaviour without success?
- Do you experience intense cravings to engage in this behaviour and find it hard to think of anything else at that time?
- Have you noticed an increase in the amount of the substance you need to use to experience the same effect as before?
If you think this describes your experience or that of someone you know, then it might be time to reach out for help. We will be able to help you understand the nature of addiction and provide you with any referral options that are necessary.
The team also understand that addiction impacts on the person’s loved ones and that finding support is important for them too. It can be hard to know what to say and do to help the person living with addiction and feelings of guilt, anger and frustration are common. The team can provide you with tools and strategies to manage the situation more effectively and provide any referrals for further community support.
Feel free to call us on 02 9328 5899 or email us and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.