Alcohol. Drugs. Food. Gambling. Nicotine. Sex. What do these six things have in common? They are all prevalent addictions. Addictions cause us to repeat behaviours that are harmful to us. We crave the object of our addiction and cannot control the impulse to partake in it. Addiction is a devastating illness. Most addictions have negative… Continue reading Recovering from Addiction
Toxic shame has been associated with depression, addiction, suicide, aggression, bullying and eating disorders. What is shame? It is normal to have a level of shame. It can help us to keep a good conscience and to be more socially sensitive. However when someone experiences toxic shame they believe that they are unworthy of love,… Continue reading Identifying toxic shame – a step towards healing
Anxiety and alcohol use often go hand in hand. From an early age many of us are conditioned by peers and the prevailing culture to use drink as a ‘social lubricant,’ to take the edge off nerves when socialising. This is rarely a problem when drinking is kept within safe limits, but regular overindulgence can… Continue reading Concerned that you are drinking too much?
Sadly, addiction is not an illusion. A key driver of addictive behaviour is the illusion of emotional stabilisation and feeling better for it. How compellingly seductive this illusion can be, is proven by the financial expense and health risks we are prepared to take. As well as the lengths we go to deny ourselves or… Continue reading The Illusion Behind Addictive Behaviour