Addiction is one of the most important, difficult, and complex areas of mental health. However, addiction is a treatable condition which often involves behavioural therapy and counselling. It is common for people who have a drug or alcohol addiction to have an underlying mental health condition or significant emotional or psychological difficulty. As such, cognitive behavioural therapy is also used to help patients identify, avoid, and cope with situations in which they are most likely to abuse drugs or activities.
Treatment involves helping the patient withdraw from the problem substance or activity. Therapy will help the patient cope with the physical and psychological effects that occur when substance-taking stops. The patient may experience withdrawal symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, chills and sweats, muscle cramps and aches, sleeplessness, shifts in heart rate, depression, anxiety, irritability, and mood swings. Addiction therapy helps patients regain a better quality of life that enables them to work and use their skills.Back