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Addictions

Addiction is widely considered a medical illness. For instance, The National Institute on Drug Abuse [NIDA] and the American Psychiatric Association [APA] both define addiction as a “brain disease,” and the DSM-V lists criteria for classifying addiction as a mental health condition called “Substance Use Disorder."
Drugs work by stimulating the reward circuitry in our brains. It releases dopamine — a chemical that causes feelings of pleasure — into the brain, causing extreme feelings of euphoria that highly motivate us to want to do the drug again. But if we continue to take the drug, our brains would adapt to these unnaturally large surges of dopamine by desensitizing itself to it.
This leads to not only tolerance, but also the need to take increasingly larger doses to feel an effect and a loss of pleasure from normal activities that were reinforced by much smaller amounts of dopamine like eating, sleeping, and being social. Some people even become physically dependant on the drug, facing withdrawal symptoms like nausea, fatigue and insomnia without it. At this point, continuing to use the drug is no longer a matter of a choice; both your body and your brain have become addicted to it, needing it to function and feel pleasure.

Therapists for Addictions

Wolfgang Heine

Analyst in Berlin

All the potential disturbances facing us today – including relationship issues, loss of meaning and purpose, depressions and fears – can be seen as an creative instrument of the psyche to re-establish the lost balance.

Offers Online Sessions

Justin Morris

Counsellor in Berlin

I am a US licensed therapist specialized in helping adolescents and adults overcome a variety of trauma and stress related issues including depression, anxiety, substance use and all types of addictions.

Offers Online Sessions

Matias Castagnola

Psychodynamic therapist in Berlin

Clinical Psychologist developed as an individual/group therapist working with substance use/abuse disorders.

Alastair Roberts

CBT Therapist, Psychological Counsellor and Coach in Berlin

I am a UK accredited CBT/REBT Therapist, Psychological Counsellor and coach, with about 10 years of experience, practising in Berlin and online.

Offers Online Sessions

Chantal Roux

Therapist in Bad Soden

Online specialized counselling for adults experiencing spiritual crisis, addictive behaviours, personality disorders and autism spectrum conditions.

Offers Online Sessions

Sean Carden

Humanistic Counsellor in Berlin

Skype / Phone sessions available Working with me can help you to feel understood, become more accepting of who you are and also make meaningful changes.

Offers Online Sessions

Giannis Liatsikos

Psychologist in Berlin

Clinical Psychologist / Psychodynamic approach (Greek-speaking).

Offers Online Sessions

Francesca Eleuteri

Clinical Psychologist in Amsterdam

My approach is tailored to the individual and highly up to date to the current research findings on clinical psychology and neuropsychology.

Offers Online Sessions

Karoline Pfeiffer

Body therapist in Berlin

Working with our body and tapping into its resources can help us in times of change, challenges and crisis we face in life.

Offers Online Sessions

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