Noel Bell is an addictions counsellor and psychotherapist based in London Bridge. I can help with gambling problem support, eating disorders, alcoholism, substance misuse, sex addiction and overspending. Addiction is not just about drink and drugs. I use an integrative approach to help clients overcome their difficulties by providing a listening ear and using the most effective tools and techniques from a number of therapeutic traditions.
Call Noel now on 07852 407140
Addiction can cause havoc to one’s self esteem and self worth as well as creating carnage in one’s personal and professional life. Acknowledging that there is a problem is often the first step on the road to recovery.Doing something about it is the next step. People with an addiction, whether that is a chemical dependence or a habitual behaviour, can often spend a long time contemplating whether to seek help as the struggle with shame can be a long one. The thought of letting go of the substance or behaviour can be scary as there can often be difficulty imagining life without it. The key is not to wait until you have hit rock bottom. With addiction, your life will only ever get more chaotic and more dysfunctional the more you try to maintain a measure of control.
Counselling and psychotherapy can help by taking away the burden of isolation, so often a common feature of the secretive nature of addiction. Letting someone else know what is going on in your internal world can help to begin the transformational journey of recovery. The constancy of therapy sessions can provide much needed structure in your life which can help to alleviate some of the chaos, so typical of active addiction. Making a commitment to therapy can be part of the willingness to start the journey of taking responsibility and addressing your life choices and previous decisions.
Recovery from addiction can actually be a liberating and exciting process as you begin to take more active participation in your wider social circle and begin to allow your hidden qualities to emerge from the shadows. Just think how creative and energetic you can become when set free from the tunnel vision of active addiction.
I have over 20 years experience of helping clients transform their lives in dealing with their addictions and you can call me on 07852 407140 to discuss how I can start to help you.
My articles on addictions and addictions counselling
Addiction is not just about drink and drugs
When financial trading becomes problem gambling
Now that you have stopped drinking
Afraid of your gambling habits
Sex addiction – why its so misunderstood
My son is addicted to computer games
What to do when your partner has an active addiction
How to know if you have a problem with porn
The most effective treatment for alcoholism
Why FOBTs are dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’
My contribution to a Channel 5 news report on smartphone addiction in August 2016: