Are you worried you might have an addiction to alcohol?

Offering face-to-face and online counselling and psychotherapy for alcohol addiction and other mental health conditions. Sweet Mental Health is based in Gandy Street, Exeter. Matthew Sweet is a professional member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Matthew Sweet from Sweet Mental Health, Mental Health Support in Exeter and online

Addiction Counselling

It is a professional belief that clients with difficulties around alcohol addiction welcome being treated as an individual rather than in a group. This is where my work as an addiction therapist offers help to work with you and offer support when looking at the use, behaviour and effect of alcohol addiction. As an addiction therapist I offer online and face to face addiction counselling in Gandy Street, Exeter. It feels important to add that working with addiction needs to incorporate trust to explore the reason you are working with me while also acknowledging that there are problems that could benefit from goal-setting action to empower you.

Addiction to a substance, lifestyle, behaviour and stimulus can be really hard to accept and control. We live in a time where abundance is plentiful for some. And, for others consumption can take over their lives.

There is an invitation to explore these goals in the smallest parts to reduce the activation of self-blame and other negative beliefs. It could be really difficult to ‘just stop’ when looking at reoccurring behaviour. Therefore, it is important to set short-term goals that are realistic. In each session, we will openly discuss what cravings and reasons you might be having when this happens to build skills to add in boundaries to help work towards sobriety. It is important to add that centring yourself around professionals who appreciate how hard this is without judgement is vital to help the management of cravings, or relapses.

I feel that seeking help and support with an addiction therapist is a good starting point to explore what is happening for you when you reach for whatever you feel addicted to. Together we will look at how these reasons happen by reflecting, clarifying, challenging and exploring together. I would add, from a personal level, that not drinking is really difficult because society gives frequent access to alcohol in a fun and popular way. To be alienated from this is really hard to explain during addictive behaviour.

Addiction counselling benefits 

From personal experience in Britain, there is a regular and constant consumption of alcohol that is glorified by the media. And, given the access in supermarkets to local shops it is hard to not see and be enticed somewhere. It may even be that memories of the relaxation and happiness while drinking take over our actions at the start or end of each day. The statistics are staggering to know how many people are affected by alcohol. Addiction can cause problems in many areas in life for a great many individuals in their society and culture.

Whether we talk about an addiction to a substance, lifestyle, behaviour and stimulus there is a starting point to show you might be struggling with emotional difficulties. There is also space to discuss how the consumption comes into your day and what it is being used to help you cope with. When working with clients as an addiction therapist online, or face to face it is possible to view how this use and context matter to you as an individual.

When working with a qualified and accredited professional it is possible to have space to have your problems and reasons held to explore and look at. If we talk about an addiction to a substance, lifestyle, behaviour and stimulus there is another person who can view what is happening to you in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential place. We can also explore the differences between others who drink in society and what might be difficult for you. And, through each session, we can monitor what changes whether this is temporary or more permanent well-being change.

As we progress in and through addiction problems it will be possible to build trust in the therapeutic space. The types of therapy I use as an integrative counsellor helps to set goals and take action as we work towards empowering you. And through regular attendance to sessions, we maintain change towards a point when you do not need the support from addiction therapy. I advocate for behaviour change in the addiction and the problems it brings. I also like to explore with you how relationships and the environment you survive in affect progress. An example would be whether the problem is a job, place or change to unhealthy behaviours to grow as a person.

Matthew Sweet from Sweet Mental Health, Mental Health Support in Exeter and online
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Other addictions and addictive behaviour

The advice here has mainly talked about alcohol addiction, however, lifestyle, behaviour and stimulus are important to talk about. An example would be body dysmorphia which involves overtraining your body through exercise to be a certain type of body shape. The reason we do what we do is to try and find our place as people in care, families, friendship and workplace groups. We start by asking if you are growing as a person, or is it causing more problems? Our reason to seek behaviour to better ourselves is a part of growth. However, addiction – for me – is when it draws you to be limited by any damage being done to you from seeking things which might be unhealthy for you, and those who care or support you.

If you would like further support and advice, contact me here, or book an introductory call. This could be a really good time to begin a private counselling experience.

Bespoke Counselling Package

50-minute Integrative Counselling sessions (weekly or fortnightly).
Online, telephone or face to face appointments in Gandy Street, Exeter.
Only £49 per session

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