Addictions come in many forms. The more commonly known forms of addiction are:
- Gambling addiction
- Alcohol addiction
- Drug addiction
- Sex addiction
- Pornography addiction
- Internet addiction
- Food addiction
Addictive behaviours serve a purpose for the individual with an addiction, although the purpose might not be immediately obvious. Addictive behaviours can relieve tension, provide escape from emotions that are difficult to endure, serve as a distraction from larger issues or be a response to past experiences or negative attitudes about oneself. Addiction counselling helps people to understand what’s behind their addiction. Addiction counselling also helps people to regain self esteem, improve emotional regulation, enhance their relationships and find support in their lives.
Addictions are tremendously destructive to people’s lives and relationships. There are several goals associated with addiction counselling. The most important goal is identifying what is the cause of the addiction and then working towards a solution to resolve the cause with the ultimate goal is to provide the sufferer with the tools and resources that will allow them to live life as they did prior to the onset of the addiction.
Some clients find telephone counselling more anonymous than face to face sessions; it gives them the freedom to talk about their concerns without feeling embarrassed. A significant benefit of telephone counselling is the ease of fitting a phone call into your busy schedule as it facilitates out of hours appointment times.