Drug addiction is a progressive condition that can worsen over time, causing damage to emotional and physical well-being. An individual who is addicted is unable to control their use of the drug, leading to potentially fatal consequences. Individuals may often begin using drugs socially, however as tolerance to the drug develops, they find themselves using more frequently and for longer periods of time. As tolerance develops drug addiction causes some individuals to become psychologically and/or physically dependent on the drug, which may include illegal drugs or prescription medication.
Individuals can experience a compulsion to use drugs despite experiencing negative consequences as well as the inability to stop by willpower alone. Chronic drug abuse can have significant short- and long-term effects on an individual’s psychological and physical health. Symptoms can differ depending on the type of substance. For example, how much and how often the drug is taken, and the individuals general health.
We adopt an approach that is tailored, confidential, holistic and non-judgemental. Our priority is to identify and treat not only the symptoms but the underlying causes of drug addiction. We holistically treat the entire person and bespoke each aspect of the treatment programme at any given time to achieve the best outcomes possible. We use proven treatment modalities such Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Psychotherapy.
Reward, tolerance and dependence are considered to be 3 components of drug addiction. On this video Nick Kypriotis from the London Recovery Clinic explains why people might take drugs, and end up being addicted in a damaging way, being locked into the cycle of addiction.