Behind most addiction is trauma, and often the person is unaware of their trauma. Unaware that their addiction is a limiting coping strategy because they’ve been doing it for so long its ingrained and invisible. Addiction to sugar, alcohol, coffee or other drugs and there’s the addiction to gambling, cell phones, texting, sex or shopping. Most of these are burdens to people and often harshly judged by others. Socially acceptable addictions to work, power and material gain, often perceived as virtues or strengths and favourably judged. Still, all addictions are negative and have consequences.
My strategies are fast and straightforward, address the trauma, repair the damage and establish new positive patterns.
Addictions and habits are negative behaviours and patterns that may interfere with a person’s ability to live a happy, healthy and fulfilled life. Common issues include sugar, smoking, gambling, binge drinking, overeating, procrastination, nail-biting, impulse shopping, fidgeting.
Seemingly innocuous issues like on-line or PIU, ‘problematic internet use’ and mobile phone addictions can cost some people their careers and or relationships.