Addiction Psychiatry

The Therapy Company has highly-qualified psychiatrists that are well-positioned to provide addiction psychiatry. Whether you would prefer psychiatry in Preston at our facility or want to take advantage of our online psychiatry, our expert team is here to help. We are able to provide tailored treatment plans, depending on the addiction, that often include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, EMDR, and Counselling. With the correct psychiatric help and assistance, you are much more likely to overcome your addiction. Not just now, for but longer-term with on-going treatment plans.

Addiction is the tendency to repeat harmful behaviours to the body and/or mind which is often in the form of substances. Addictions, such as gambling and alcohol use, can have catastrophic impacts on those struggling with the addiction itself, as well as those around them. Consequences include health, economic, and legal. For more information about our addiction psychiatry service, call us today on 01772 440321 or use our online contact form.

Alternatively, read the full blog post to find out more about:

•What addiction psychiatry consists of
•Signs it’s time to seek professional help
•Benefits of addiction psychiatry


Addiction Psychiatry – What Does Is Consist Of?

Addiction Psychiatry is a sub-speciality of psychiatry that consists of helping people with addictions to get control back over their lives. It consists of diagnosing, evaluating, and treating addictions that may include smoking, gambling, alcohol use, drug use, and many more. Addiction psychiatry looks at the psychological dependance to substances. Psychiatrists – just like The Therapy Company – provide an initial consultation where we take the time to understand your current situation, addiction(s), and ask further open-ended questions to learn more. Treatments may include;-

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Cognitive Behaviour (CBT) is widely used to help manage addictions of all types. CBT is a type of talking therapy that is centred around undoing deeply-ingrained thought patterns that may be leading to take action when it comes to substance abuse and addiction types. CBT specialists help you to first identify with negative thought patterns that have led to addiction. Once identified, sessions can then be spent reframing negative thoughts and replacing them with more valuable ones. Often, thoughts become actions or behaviours. This is why CBT is highly-effective on getting control on addictions.


Another highly-effective mental health service provided for additions is on-going counselling. Counselling can be beneficial for individuals that have suffered from difficult life events, such as a relationship breakdown or work-related stress. Often the life or distressing event comes before the addiction but with counselling, you’ll have a qualified professional that is there to talk through all your difficult feelings and emotions. And of course, come up with a plan to tackle them. Sometimes, just having someone there to listen to you can make a world of difference. Counselling can help you to best navigate the changes in your feelings and emotions.


The Therapy Company can also provide EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) is a third type of treatment that is proven to be effective with addictions. This is because the use of EMDR is beneficial for treating past traumas. Addictions often start as a result of traumas or hardships and the idea here is that EDMR will help the person suffering from addiction to have less compulsion towards a certain addiction or behaviour. EMDR unblocks the memory, images, triggers, and all other associated elements from a traumatic experience and enables the person to process them healthily.

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Addiction Psychiatry – Signs It’s Time To Seek Help

As previously mentioned, addiction is the repeated involvement with harmful substance(s) or activities. Addictions can escalate quickly but below are some of the main signs to look out for that will indicate that it’s time to seek professional help:

Withdraw from responsibility – This is a common sign that it may be time to seek help. If you are withdrawing from responsibilities such as work, family commitment and other activities as a result of your addiction(s), we urge you to get in touch.

Paranoia – If you are suffering from paranoia and/or hallucinations as a result of an addiction, this is another indicator that addiction psychiatry may be the next best move for your mental health.

Mood swings – Suffering from consistent mood swings and fluctuations in behaviour is a clear symptom of addiction. Mood swings are often a result of anxiety or depressive episodes.

Secrecy – If you have noticed that you are perhaps being more secretive than usual in the way you are using substances or partaking in addictive activities, this may be another sign that you require professional help from addiction psychiatrists.

Benefits Of Addiction Psychiatrist

So, why psychiatry to treat your addiction? Psychiatry can be a fantastic starting point for getting to the bottom of your addiction and better understanding the reasons for your behaviours. We are seeing a significant rise in addictions and having the appropriate mental health support is paramount for your on-going recovery. Addiction psychiatry can help pinpoint specific issues and provide tailored treatments/solutions.

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