Addiction can be crippling and debilitating not just for the person with the addiction but there is also a ripple effect for family, friends and work colleagues.
There is good news for people impacted with addiction – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy has been proven to be very effective in helping both the symptoms of addiction and working on the underlying issues that usually lie beneath the addiction. Here at counselling online we try not to label someone as an ‘addict’ as we consider that is unhelpful. We know many programs like to label a person as an addict as they consider this assists them see how unworkable and helpless their situation is. We consider the label ‘addict’ can be self-defeating.
Here at counselling online we view addictive behaviour as an experiential avoidance technique. By engaging in addictive behaviour, we are usually avoiding some uncomfortable thought, person, situation or experience – even if we may be consciously unaware of this at the time. This often becomes self-perpetuating as the addictive behaviour often gives rise to feelings of guilt and shame and then we engage in further addictive behaviour to disguise or bury these feelings of guilt and shame. Our program utilises a mix of mindfulness, acceptance, cognitive defusion and committed action to gain insight into a person’s addictive behaviour and find a path away from addictive behaviour towards a rich, full and meaningful life