Have you ever wondered why some people can’t stop doing something, even though it’s not good for them? It may be an addiction to smoking, using drugs, excessive drinking, eating or exercising.

Have you ever wondered why you can’t change a habit that you really get annoyed with yourself for doing?

There are many different views on addiction, from it being a choice, to it being something that is ‘all in the mind’, through to it being due to your specific personality type, or your genes. But is it?

We are still awaiting an answer. There has been extensive research looking at addictions from all different angles; biologically, neurologically, psychologically, socially, to name but a few. Each with their own perspectives, and each having done their own extensive research, with each providing a solution.

But maybe we should be stepping back a little and asking simpler questions, such as …

  • What purpose does an addiction serve?
  • What problem is this the solution for?

Addictions are challenging, and those who know they have an addiction want to change, but find they just can’t – no matter what they try to do. Their conscious mind and their body are at odds with each other. Their mind is desiring to stop, but their body still carrying out the behaviour.

So, what can help make the difference for someone who wants to stop an addiction?

It’s important to understand how the addiction works for someone, and what it provides for them, as well as appreciating how the brain needs the behaviour to happen in order for it to function.

Opening your eyes to an addiction being so much more than just a bad behaviour, a neurological defect or something else, just as specific, may help you gain greater insights into the issue.

Looking into an addiction from the view of the whole person in their whole life can provide an informative awareness of what’s happening. If we understand what’s happening, then there is a definite chance of change.

To find out more read on ….

Author: Dr Tom Barber

Dr Tom Barber is an experienced integrative and existential psychotherapist and counsellor, who has been helping people overcome personal challenges for the last 25 years. He is a bestselling author of 4 books, and spends his time between private clients, teaching and lecturing internationally, writing, and developing programmes to help people improve the quality of their life. His academic speciality is in the subject of emotion.

Originally posted 2017-05-24 10:56:11.