Today we seem to be constantly ‘on’, we put pressure on ourselves and so does our environment which demands from us to be in a constantly active state and socialise. Through drinking and using drugs we feel more energetic and sociable, and thus able to fulfil the requirements from the society. Such consumption can therefore almost feel like a necessity. Without it life can seem dull, colourless, confrontational and painful. In addition, it may also make you (temporarily) funnier, more relaxed, more creative, more active, more sociable and more confident. At the same time, there is often a desire for more peace and stability. This results in emotional and physical exhaustion.
But is this really true? And is this feeling sustainable, for yourself and those around you? Do you really listen to yourself and the other, and do you actually make contact under such influence? Do you sometimes ask yourself why you consume: out of freedom or because you can no longer do without? What would it be like to pause for a moment?
Real change often happens slowly and gradually. Sustainable change is something you slowly grow towards before it actually takes hold.
At the same time, sustainable change can make you a nicer person, more involved in and concerned with your environment. It can give you a sense of meaning, increases creativity and it allows you to be authentic and true to yourself in a way that radiates from within and have a positive impact on your environment. But it also gives you the courage to be vulnerable, allowing you to make mistakes and learn to deal with frustrations and pain in a healthy way.
Signs of addiction
- Lack of freedom of choice
- Feeling of powerlessness
- Feeling of depression or lack of enjoyment
- General exhaustion or burnout
- Loss of self confidence
- Relationship problems with family and friends
- Falling back into old habits
- Craving to consume a product
Do you recognise yourself in (some of) the following characteristics? In that case, we would be happy to help you becoming aware of your behaviour and help with your recovery.
Unfortunately, a quick fix is often not an option. Treatment takes time, patience and perseverance. There is also no ‘one size fits all’ approach.
We offer unconditional and compassionate guidance with no judgment, even during your possible setbacks or difficulties to keep track. We act as a confidential advisor in this process. We discuss expectations and determine the therapy goal together. We analyse the addiction mechanisms that play a role in you. We help you recognise those mechanisms and teach you to use these mechanisms to your own advantage. During the treatment you will receive tools to get a grip on your own life with the aim of realising and maintaining the change you want.