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Once an addiction takes control of your life, you may lose sight of things that were previously important to you, or even see them as “issues” that need to be managed, rather than acknowledging that it’s the addiction driving you and putting your priorities in the back seat.

Addictions are not easy to give up, even if your best intention is to break them. At Better Balance Counselling, we can offer you the support and encouragement that you need to finally ‘break the habit’. We have a number of interventions and plans that can be structured to suit your personality and your addiction, so that you can take those first steps to breaking free of your addiction.

Contact Us on 0413 195 188 to make an appointment with one of our counsellors so we can begin to help you break your addiction.

Stages for Overcoming Addiction have been listed in the Transtheoretical Model (Prochaska & DiClemente, 1983; Prochaska, DiClemente, & Norcross, 1992; Prochaska & Velicer, 1997).

Perhaps you can identify where you are within the process, keeping in mind that counselling can assist you, regardless of which stage you’re in.

 

Which stage are you in?

  • At this point, an individual may or may not recognise that they have an addiction, but the thought of giving up their substance/behaviour of choice has not even crossed their mind.
  • An individual may realise that their addiction is becoming a problem, but there is still resistance to actively attempt to give it up, or a lack of ideas as to how they might go about giving it up.
  • The addicted individual admits their addiction is a problem and starts considering how they might address the situation.
  • This is where the changes start; the most important phase as much energy is put into changing habits and trying to overcome the addiction.
  • Once changes have occurred, this is at times the most difficult stage, when the individual must hold true to their commitment, and keep consolidating their gains. Relapse prevention is at the forefront here.
  • As sincere as intentions may be, sometimes a slip up can occur. The important part here is for the individual to get back on track as soon as possible, and remember how far they have come. Sometimes individuals find themselves relapsing several times, which isn’t failure, just a learning experience to help them strengthen their attempts the next time around. And they can then work on eliminating the addiction from their life, for good!