Drugs misuse explained
Drug addiction is a neurological disease. A person has to ingest enough of a substance over an
elongated period for them to establish an over-reliance. This period of time is dependant on whether it is a compound which is psychologically addictive or how susceptible to habitual use that person is.
Psychological addiction, such as Heroin and Cocaine addiction, removes a persons ability to
moderate their drug use and can cause changes to the structure of certain brain receptors. This means less of these receptors are available when the substance is next used, and more has to be ingested for the intended effect, causing the addiction.
Habitual use is exactly what it sounds like. When something a person does becomes a habit, such as gambling, and that habit becomes hard to break. This is due to the persons reward system releasing a flush of dopamine whenever they engage in that activity. Habitual use is seen mostly in drugs like Cannabis, MDMA and certain hallucinogenics. However, habitual use may cause an addiction and an over-reliance if a person takes these substances to cope with, or cover up, something that is wrong in their life.
Our approach to treating drugs misuse
We typically use CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Hypnosis (also known as Hypnotherapy) and EMDR to treat drugs misuse.