Addictions can have a significant impact on both the individual’s physical and mental health, as well as the wellbeing of those around them. There are many types of addictions including alcohol, illicit or prescription drugs, porn, sex, social media, nicotine, sugar, and caffeine.
At Bowen Hills Psychology, we aim to provide a safe, warm, understanding and non-judgemental environment to help individuals discuss their addictions and help provide clients with tools and techniques to help overcome problematic behaviour.
Substances and pleasurable activities have many effects on the brain. One of these effects is to flood the brain with the neurotransmitter dopamine, the ‘feel-good’ hormone, which causes a ‘high’ and can be highly reinforcing and addictive. Another result of this is that people often find they need to take more and more of the substance or engage in the activity more and more, to get the same effect, resulting in increased tolerance.
Due to a heightened tolerance, other activities that once brought joy will seem less enjoyable such as food, sports, entertainment, relationships and so on. This can result in regular activities that were once considered enjoyable being abandoned and previously healthy relationships start to become strained.
An individual is often diagnosed with an addiction when substances or the behaviour are still engaged in, despite the impact on the person’s functioning or relationships.
At Bowen Hills Psychology, we can provide individuals with the support and tools that will aid them in overcoming their substance misuse.
There is hope for the future. Contacting a highly trained and experienced psychologist at Bowen Hills Psychology is the first step on that road to recovery.
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Our aim at Bowen Hills Psychology is to provide a warm, non-judgmental approach to treating addiction, providing a space where you can feel comfortable to discuss your concerns.