August 2016 - Promises Healthcare
ENQUIRY
What if I am addicted to more than one thing? I can’t stop them all at once!

What if I am addicted to more than one thing? I can’t stop them all at once!

Promises Healthcare Singapore addiction
It is common to have more than one addiction. Many compulsive drinkers tend to be heavy smokers and coffee drinkers. Compulsive drinkers may also drink to bolster their courage that allow them to be the “life of the party” where they can be hooked into engaging in risky sexual behaviours and onto paid sex as well.

Drug users often abuse a variety of drugs. This may include alcohol, cigarettes or drugs. The use of drugs produces a pleasurable effect and when coupled with other substances or behaviours (e.g Sex, Gambling) – it creates a stronger pleasurable effect in which experts believe affect the reward centers in the brain. Casinos have long figured out that offering alcohol (officially) and paid sex (unofficially) is good for enhancing and maintaining gambling behaviour. This creates a destructive pattern that results in a downward spiral where one’s finances begin to dry up. Relationships begin to fracture and life descends into chaos.

If this is becoming a pattern in your life, professional addictions counseling can offer recovery solutions that are effective for individuals who are using multiple substances and behaviors. These solutions to addictions can work together and support each other. Break the vicious cycle today and live free from addictions.

At Promises Healthcare, we are committed to helping you through your journey to recovery. Discover a new life, away from addiction and find renewed hope. Please contact our clinic or inquiries and consultations.

Written by: Andrew da Roza, Therapist, Promises Healthcare Pte Ltd

Addiction – How to deal with triggers, urges, and cravings

Addiction – How to deal with triggers, urges, and cravings

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If you have compelling, irresistible cravings to drink, smoke, use drugs and gamble, which leads to behaviors that is destructive to yourself and others, you can seek help from a professional counselor for addiction treatment.

They can offer you tools and techniques to deal with urges and cravings. One powerful practice that has been shown by several studies to reduce urges and cravings is mindfulness. Mindfulness allows you to control your cravings by noticing in the moment what is arising in your thoughts, emotions and body. By being in the moment with your cravings and not being subsumed by them or reacting to them, the craving will fade away. Do you have difficulties in controlling your urges and cravings? Do you feel that you have no control over your life and that the cravings are controlling you?

At Promises, we have skilled, compassionate counsellors that can help you overcome your cravings through the practice of mindfulness and various techniques. At Promises Healthcare, we are committed to helping you through your journey to recovery.

Discover a new life, away from addiction and find renewed hope. Please contact our clinic for inquiries and consultations.

Written by: Andrew da Roza, Therapist and sex addiction specialist, Promises Healthcare

Psychosis

Psychosis

Psychosis can be a debilitating experience for individuals experiencing it. Hearing voices or thinking unusual or disturbing thoughts is common in psychosis. Having psychosis makes it difficult to figure out what is really happening and there is a break from reality. It results in individuals not being able to do the things they usually do—such as going to work or school and enjoying time with friends and family. Family members may also struggle as to how to help their loved ones through these experiences.

The truth is that psychosis is a treatable condition. Treatment for psychosis is provided by healthcare professionals and support groups. This involves a number of different approaches which include medication, therapy and peer networks. At Promises we provide support through doctors, Counsellors and Case managers. There are peer groups in which our clients attend to hear the shared experiences of individuals who have lived through periods of psychosis. So do know that help and options are always available.

At Promises Healthcare, we are committed to helping you through your journey to recovery. Please contact our clinic for inquiries and consultations.

Written by Jesudas Soundhraj, Therapist, Promises Healthcare Pte Ltd