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What is addiction?

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London based private psychologist Elena Touroni explains what addiction means, how it can refer to addiction to substances as well as certain behaviour, and the problems that it can cause. 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

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Addiction is when somebody becomes dependent on either a substance, or sometimes it can even be a particular behaviour, in a way where their dependence on this substance or activity is so significant that they will actually ignore the fact that this activity or substance might have lots of negative consequences on them and their life and their functioning over time. So there’s multiple and different types of addiction. It could be addiction to substances, such as cannabis, cocaine, heroine, amphetamines, a whole range of different sort of drugs that people can become addicted to, or it could be a particular behaviour like people can become addicted to shopping or people can become addicted to, for instance, checking their phone constantly or being online on social media constantly. People can become addicted to something like gambling. So there’s a whole different range of different behaviours or substances. The reason that addiction can be very troubling is that a lot of the time, people can then have very serious consequences in terms of their relationships, their ability to perform at work as a result of their addiction.

Dr Elena Touroni

Dr Elena Touroni

19 June 2022

"Dr. Elena Touroni is a skilled and experienced Consultant Psychologist with a track record of delivering high-quality services for individuals with all common emotional difficulties and those with a diagnosis of personality disorder. She is experienced in service design and delivery, the management of multi-disciplinary teams, organisational consultancy, and development and delivery of both national and bespoke training to providers in the statutory and non-statutory sector."

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Athena Lazaridou

Athena is a Pilates instructor with 8 years’ experience in the field. After completing a Power Pilates Mat Certification in Athens, she went on to complete the Full Comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification with Equinox in Kensington.  She has been teaching Pilates at Equinox for the past 6 years in addition to her own private clients who she trains both face to face and virtually.

Athena has a passion for helping people get stronger and fitter as well as helping those recovering from injury regain their strength and mobility.  Over the years, she has worked with athletes to incorporate Pilates into their training and improve performance. Athena has also worked with prenatal and postnatal women who may be experiencing depression or other mental health difficulties and used Pilates to facilitate a positive impact on their mental health.

Athena is very passionate about improving physical and mental well-being and has recently incorporated Sound Healing into her work, as she believes it to be one of the best ways of ‘letting go’ and releasing stale energy whilst increasing greater self-awareness.