Addiction is characterised by behaviours that include one or more of the following: impaired control over drug use, compulsive use, continued use despite harm, and craving.
There are questions you can ask yourself to find out whether you suffer from an addiction: Do you have compulsive engagement with the substance or behaviour and find that it enters your mind when you are engaged in other tasks? Are you unable to control yourself despite the negative consequences it has on major aspects of your life? Despite these consequences do you continue to use? Do you suffer from discomfort, irritability or mood changes if you cannot use the substance immediately?
If you answered yes to most of these questions, it is highly likely that you are struggling with addiction. If you feel that when you start – you can’t stop – and when you stop, you can’t stay stopped, then you probably need professional help. Please give us a call for a thorough professional assessment and we will gently guide you through the process.