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Addiction is any repeated behaviour, substance-related or not, in which a person feels compelled to persist, regardless of its negative impact on his life and the lives of others. Addiction involves: compulsive engagement with the behaviour, a preoccupation with it; impaired control over the behaviour; persistence or relapse, despite evidence of harm; and dissatisfaction, irritability or intense craving when the object—be it a drug, activity or other goal—is not immediately available.

— Gabor Mate

There are Many Forms of Addictive Behaviours

Addiction is rampant in our society. There are many forms of addiction that can negatively impact the life of the addict and those people that come in contact with their addictive behaviours. Some of these might include:
  • Substance misuse (alcohol, marijuana, crystal methamphetamine, PCP, ecstasy, nicotine, heroin, cocaine, crack cocain, prescription drugs, caffeine etc.)
  • Unproductive and compulsive negative thinking and worry that often results in stress, anxiety, depression, irritability, and/or anger.
  • Emotional drama—addiction to the emotional highs and lows as you move from one dramatic life experience to another.
  • Food (bulimia, anorexia, over eating etc.)
  • Internet obsession (gaming, gambling, pornography, face book, etc.)
  • The experience of falling in love and the sensations that accompany that emotional state.
  • Power and/or control (compulsive drive for dominance and control over others and your environment)
  • Compulsive spending or shopping
  • Gambling (lottery, keno, slots, poker etc.)
  • Lying (exaggeration, the creative telling of life stories with little or no basis in reality, lying due to the habit of lying, etc)

Many people experience addictive behaviours in their lives—either through their own or coming into contact with the addictive behaviour of friends, acquaintances, and loved ones. The impact varies depending on the nature of the addiction.

Addictive behaviours can powerfully impact: relationships with others; job performance; financial stability; feeling of self worth; physical, emotional, and spiritual health and general quality of life from day to day.

The Benefits of Private Addiction Counselling

  • Discrete and confidential: All records are securely stored with the professional counsellor and not with insurance or employee assistance programs, or the local health authority.
  • Counselling provides support, strategies and tools, and education to assist you in successfully making the changes you wish to make in your life.
  • Improved health:
    • Emotionally (increased feelings of self worth and well-being, decrease in experiences of, depression, anxiety, worry, and shame)
    • Physically (increase in physical energy and motivation, improved nutrition, improved concentration, increase in physical activity)
    • Spiritually (heightened self awareness, mastery over your “run away” thinking, present-centered focus, decrease in craving and aversion, development of strong determination and the ability to change your behaviour if you choose to).
  • Heightened job satisfaction
  • Increased ability to maintain positive personal boundaries, good for you, and good for others
  • Improved relationships with spouse, family members, and friends.
Counselling can help to bring the changes you desire into your life. I am on a journey of change myself and have been for many years. What I encourage my clients to do is integral to my daily living. My practice of Vipassana meditation is a fundamental aspect of that pursuit. Real life experience and formal study in the areas of addiction and counselling are additional, important influences, on my counselling practice today. (see Philosophy about Addiction Counselling, and About Barbara Wells).