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ifrat.icon.2 Overcoming your addiction problem

We train our Therapists to treat any kind of addictive disorder.

If you suffer from any kind of addiction, you can register as an Affiliate (free of charge), get informed about risks of addiction, find support and receive Addiction treatment from our Therapists in order to overcome your problem.

Here is a first snapshot of what kind of addictions our Therapists are able to treat in the end of their learning journey at IFRAT:

» Drug and alcohol abuse

Drug abuse is a use of a substance (e.g. cannabis, cocaine, acid, amphetamines, heroin, poppers, morphine, opium, etc.) in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods which are harmful to themselves or others. 

Alcoholism is a chronic  and often progressive disease that includes problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect. 

In both cases, the addict’s condition is characterized by the urge to consume a substance and the need to increase the dose in order to maintain the effect and prevent cravings (anxiety).

 

» Food Addiction

Eating disorder is characterized by a pathological relationship with food, manifested by the excessive and/or compulsive ingestion of food. These ingestions can last from several minutes to several hours.

There are several kinds of eating disorders, including severe ones such as binge eating and anorexia which are serious health condition with a high incidence food addicts’ life expectancy.

» Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Addiction

Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids are normally used for medical purpose but a low percentage of the population uses them illegally.

Anabolic steroids are used by men and women in many different types of professional sports in order to enhance their performances and / or accelerate their recovery from injuries. Such use is prohibited by the rules of many sports governing bodies. However, we find the use of anabolic steroids among teenagers, particularly among those who participate in sports competitions and aspiring at becoming professionals.

Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids are dangerous drugs: inappropriate use can cause severe, long-lasting, and in some cases, irreversible negative health consequences.

» Video-games and Internet Addiction

This addiction can be defined by an excessive use of video-games and the internet (i.e. from 4 hours a day). However, this criteria is not recognized by all: a person can spend less time on the internet per day whilst thinking obsessively about what he/she is going to do once he/she will be connected.

Nowadays, video-games and Internet Addiction widely affect teenagers and young adults, as younger generations are more likely to spend a lot of time on social networks. It does not mean that all social media users are addicts, but internet connection is the root of addiction and it can be very difficult to detect symptoms of addictive disorder. 

» Sex Addiction and Cybersex use

Sex Addiction often affects people who are married and have a family with kids and lead a parallel sex life / identity, different from their “normal” life. Sometimes, it includes a reality distortion which is a wrong perception of others, based not on actual experience with another person, but on a projected fantasy personality attributed to that person. Today, we do not know how many people suffer from sex addiction.

A person suffering from excessive cybersex use uses the resources of the Internet to view pornography, chat with others or invent a sexual identity. The sensation of anonymity, security, impunity facilitates excitement and obsessive-compulsive behaviour. 

 

» Other Addictions (i.e. gambling, shopping exercise, etc.)

 Addiction leads to the repetition of an obsessive behaviour performed despite of its negative psychological, physical and relational consequences. Initially strictly limited to dependence on substances, that concept has expanded to a wide range of behaviours such as pathological gambling, compulsive shopping, addiction to exercise, etc.

The excessive repetition of such activities can become a problem if it has greater consequences on different aspects of your life: exclusion from friends and family, exclusion from work, bankrupt, etc. Addictive disorders can be detected among people characterized by the urge to do an activity and the need to increase its frequency in order to maintain the effect and prevent cravings (anxiety).


ifrat-icon Consequences of Addiction 

There are various Consequences of Addiction that can become extremely serious. Addiction usually affects you on the social and personal level, the professional level, the financial level; it sometimes includes problems of safety and often leads to serious or irrevocable health problems, as well as premature death.

Here is a worst-case scenario that can be lived by a person suffering from any kind of Addiction:

» Exclusion from families and friends

Addictive behaviour leads to changes in your daily life that is often seen as unusual and abnormal by your family and friends. People who love you will probably try to talk about your addiction problem which will often end-up with denial, refusal to talk, arguments, and sometimes psychological and physical violence. This often leads to relationship breakups and/or divorces, social exclusion and worsening symptoms of your addictive disorder.

» Exclusion from work

 Your life starts to become unmanageable, as your addiction takes more and more space in your life. At work, your colleagues also noticed your abnormal behaviour; you are facing difficulties to carry out your normal duties and you tend to have greater absenteeism. Once again, you firmly deny having a problem which can lead to employment relationship problems and job loss.

» Going bankrupt

Unemployed and socially isolated, you have more and more difficulties to pay your bills. Furthermore, the aggravation of your addictive disorder is likely to worsen your serious financial loss. That can lead to homelessness.

» Bullying and harassment

 Feeling financially squeezed, you can’t pay your debts. Sometimes you take part in illegal activities. You experience bullying and harassment from your lawful and/or unlawful creditors that often use illegal practices.

» Risk of premature death

This situation raises your level of anxiety and you have a higher risk of suffering of depression and worsen your addiction problem. Indirect consequences of Addiction can result in suicide whereas some kinds of addictions such as drug and alcohol abuse or food addiction can directly lead to premature death.


ifrat-icon3 Road to Recovery 

Addiction often reflects an inadequate management of emotions that can be extremely difficult to solve without help. The gateway to recovery is to speak about your problem, seek for help, and find the right treatment.

Our Recovered Addiction therapists can help you: They have been through different addiction problems, they have been able to overcome these problems and they gained the necessary qualifications during their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) at IFRAT to treat your addiction problem.

If you suffer from any kind of addiction, you can register as an Affiliate (free of charge) and find support among our Recovered Addiction Therapists. Once you have recovered from your addiction problem, you will find support to maintain your well-being and prevent you from a possible relapse. You will also have the opportunity to get informed about Addictions, Models of Therapy and Ethics of Care through our e-learning programme and our different Medias.

» Asking for help

The first step of the road to recovery is to accept, to talk openly about the problem and its consequences. Asking for help is often a difficult step to undertake, while being a decisive one. This is the reason our Affiliates have access to our blogs and our Members’ and Subscribers’ directory via their personal IFRAT account, to be able to share their experience, talk about their addiction problems and find support whilst maintaining their anonymity.

» Coping with stigma

Stigma is a powerfully negative label that affects a person’s self-esteem and social identity. Too often, people suffering from addiction and their families have to carry this negative label made of social exclusion, hate and shame.  Addicts and their families begin to believe that addiction is their own fault, they tend to hide their problem, which makes it more difficult to undertake the first step to recovery: asking for help. Our Recovered Addiction Therapists are here to help you to cope with stigma and achieve the first step in the road to recovery.

» Dealing with stress

Addictions can generate other feelings such as fear, anger and stress. Stress and addiction are deeply intertwined, especially for those who are hiding their addiction problem and live stressful life experiences such as divorce, job loss and conflicts. Stress associated with addiction often causes further medical and social problems for people suffering from addiction and their families. Our Recovered Addiction Therapists can help you with coping strategies and treatments for stress related to the addictive disorder that you are suffering from.

» Maintaining your well-being

Once you have been able to overcome your addiction problem, you have the possibility to stay in touch with your Therapist that will help you to maintain your emotional well-being, your mental health and to prevent you from a possible relapse. Depending on your addiction problem, our Recovered Addiction Therapists can offer you long-term follow-ups and support after your recovery.   

» Career advice

Your Road to Recovery at IFRAT can open up a new perspective in your career plan. Our Therapists are all recovered addicts because we believe in self-help groups and mutual aid, and we promote peer-guided therapy as an efficient way to treat addictions.