Addiction comes in all shapes and sizes. Whether the addiction is alcohol, prescribed medications, social drugs, food, sex, work, shopping, gambling or some other addictive behaviour, over time what was once pleasurable becomes unmanageable.
Essentially, people use substances and addictive behaviours to meet unmet needs. Needs like not feeling they fit in and are accepted, are loved and secure within them self and relationships. What was once relaxing and pleasurable becomes a way to avoid bad feelings, bad thoughts, bad situations and bad people.
There's no such thing as a 'magic wand' for eliminating these unwanted challenges of life, but with some good guidance, patience and a bit of wisdom we learn to sail through life's storms - addiction therapy works to help make the changes needed to live a fuller and more satisfying life
Al-Anon/Alateen- for families and friends of alcoholics
CMA - Crystal Meth Anonymous Australia
Noffs - for young people
The Fix- the world's premier website about addiction & recovery