What is an addiction?

Addiction is the struggle in controlling certain behaviours that keep occurring to an extent that the consequences are harmful. They come as a result of strong coercions to use certain things excessively, often triggered by a need to escape from distressing emotions or circumstances. Someone can be addicted to many things like alcohol, drugs, eating, gambling, sex and Internet use.

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When Addicts Need Help

In almost all cases, the addicted are not aware that they are and the effects that come later on work, health and relationships. It becomes harder every day the person tries to quit, and treatment comes in handy. The overwhelming pressures can lead to a self-prolonging process which causes suffering and pain which extends to hurting even their family members and friends.

Addiction Counselling is crucial as a treatment provision option to help those suffering to recognise that they have a problem and how their source of addiction is influencing their behaviour. It is a significant step on the road to recovery and eventually stopping the act altogether. Choosing the right counsellor that will guide you through your recovery is also important.

What to learn about in addiction counselling?

  • The difference between a habit and addiction.
  • Causes of addiction.
  • Types of addiction.
  • Signs and symptoms.
  • Getting the right help.
  • The treatment process.

Addiction counselling can help all forms of addicts and find a lasting solution that will deliver healing to patients. For it to begin, the activities contribute to how they make people feel physically and emotionally. One feels the pleasure, which brings the want to go on again and again to recreate the ‘high’ feeling. After a couple of repetitions, a cycle develops which becomes hard to quit. If the person’s addiction becomes too much to handle, patient and counsellor can always resort to regression counselling.

Addiction Helplines

National Gambling Helpline

GambleAware is Ireland’s national organisation devoted to increasing awareness, improving education and funding treatment for problem gambling 1800 753 753

Drugs & Alcohol Helpline

Providing support for those overcoming alcohol addiction through AA Open & Closed meetings countrywide .
Phone : 01 4538998
Email : gso@alcoholicsanonymous.ie
Web: alcoholicsanonymous.ie

HSE Helpline and website providing information on alcohol & health for anyone with concerns about alcohol.  Sections on mental & physical health, information for family, parents & teens including sign-posts to supports plus drinks calculator etc.
Helpline: 1800 459 459 (Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm)
Web: askaboutalcohol.ie

Groups for young people, aged 12 – 17, who are affected by a problem drinker. Members share their ideas and experience to understand problem drinking and lessen its impact on their lives.including sign-posts to supports plus drinks calculator etc.
Helpline: (01) 8732699  (Daily 10 am – 10 pm) to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm)
Web: al-anon-ireland.org/alateen

For those overcoming all types of drug & narcotic addictions.
Phone: 01 6728000
Email: info@na-ireland.org
Web : na-ireland.org

For under 18’s with drug or alcohol problems, providing psychiatric & medical assessment, family therapy, 1 to 1 counselling, and family support
Phone: 01 466 5040
Web: hse.ie