Elena Touroni, a consultant psychologist in London, explains the implications of leaving an addiction untreated, in particular, how environmental situations can lead to other people reinforcing someone’s addictive behaviour. Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com
With addictions, one of the things that makes a huge difference is something about identifying the environments in which certain addictive behaviours might take place. So, for instance, there might be certain jobs or certain friends that are very reinforcing of the addiction. So, for people sometimes it does involve some degree of burning bridges with particular environment situations, people that reinforce their addictive behaviour. So that can be a very important predictor for outcome. But also, again, motivation and having got to a stage where actually the advantages of continuing with the addiction are less than the disadvantages, that the consequences are becoming significant enough, where the person is at a stage where they are very seriously prepared to experience some of the discomfort that is involved in giving up, something that has been a really important coping structure for them for a long period of time.