Binge Drinking or Episodic Usage
Binge drinking or episodic drinking to extreme can often be one of the harder conditions to treat conventionally. However, through many years of practice we have been able to ascertain specific underlying patterns and issues which contribute to binge drinking and as a result of this shed light on someones behavior in a way that was not understood previously.
Binge drinking presents specific risks to individuals which can be very harmful health wise or can lead to tragic events to occur through diminished responsibility.
Often this specific type of drinking is overlooked as high risk, but it is possibly the most common form of malignant drinking behavior by otherwise functional adults and deserves therefore to be taken seriously and once understood an approach to self control and recovery put in place.
To understand binge drinking, basic and essential elements of emotional functioning need to be explained and understood, this then becomes the basis of establishing a program of recovery and life improvement. Binge drinking is often symbolic of lack of balance in someones life and points the direction for the management of extremes to establish better self control.
Sex & Internet
Sexual issues in relation to online pornography have increased in direct relation to increased availability due to internet access to pornography. This creates a specific area of compulsive behavior related to internet use. However it is not the only type of sexually related compulsion.
Addictive behavior of any sort which creates distress, is damaging to relationships or self is deemed concerning.
The specific nature of any behavior needs to be addressed in accordance to how it manifests for that person alone.
Sexual behavior can be utilised as a way of managing deeper personal unhappiness. In doing so, it offers a temporary change in mood state and a fleeting sense of being in control. Yet what it disguises is exactly the opposite and is or can be, a type of acting out in relation to current life problems or historical ones that are unresolved.
Consultation and therapy can offer a safe and confidential place within which to manage, hold and discuss relevant issues and begin the process of working through and working toward a more stable and self supportive manner of living. A comprehensive approach that includes a focusing on what one wants from life as well as helping support and resolve previous vulnerabilities can have a transformative effect and allow someone to lead a healthier and more controlled lifestyle.
Problems related to compulsive gambling often do not get the same recognition as being destructive as is commonly associated with other addictive or compulsive behavior. The problem with this being that issues can go unrecognised for long periods of time and opportunities and sources of support are much less available.
In general addictive and compulsive behavior is generally misunderstood and one of the inherent dangers within that is to assume that such behaviors are willfully engaged in and are entirely voluntary.
Gambling can be a dark secret that a person is hiding. It can bring despair and deep shame and a sense of being completely out of control. Vast debts can quickly build and the need to dig oneself out of a hole can descend into further and further desperation.
Trends of behavior may differ between men and woman – the increase in online facilities that target woman or men specifically increase temptation and ease of access greatly, thus increasing vulnerability.
To understand the condition of gambling and how it has taken hold, one needs to look at a persons history of associating to gambling and explore how it became established. Gambling behavior will often mask other life issues that need to be dealt with and are being avoided and in establishing as such a process of understanding and treatment can emerge.