“Addiction is manifested in any behaviour that a person craves, finds temporary relief or pleasure in but suffers negative consequences as a result of, and yet has difficulty giving up. In brief: craving, relief, pleasure, suffering, impaired control. Note that this definition is not restricted to drugs but could encompass almost any human behaviour, from sex to eating to shopping to gambling to extreme sports to TV to compulsive internet use: the list is endless.” Dr Gabor Mate
Addictions to alcohol, drugs (illegal or prescription), sex, pornography, gambling, eating or shopping, for example, usually start as coping strategies for escaping emotional pain. These strategies can develop into long-term habits which can get in the way of the lives of the addict and affect those around them.
At Oxford House Therapy we work with addiction with compassion and an understanding that this pattern of behaviour has developed in an attempt to cope with the complexities of life. Therapy alongside addiction programmes can help you explore your feelings around addiction and can help you to work through what may underlie your addictions and find ways to live without your addictions and regain your power.