Sheila Hutchinson, M.Ed. ( psych ), member of OACCPP
86 Homewood Avenue, Hamilton, ON L8P 2M4
Addictions hold us captive and assist us in running from pain.As an adult child of an alcoholic, I experienced at a very young age how to survive in an addictive environment. I became a caretaker and forgot about myself. Addictions are ways to distract us from pain. One may be addicted to control, drugs, alcohol, working or caretaking or anything which avoids one to look within and examine one's life. However, the pain catches up and takes over. It is the twelve step program which helps one break free of addictions as God the Creator, the Great Spirit, sends us the strength needed to let go and grow.
Mark Laing, B.A. Honours Psychology
565 Sanatorium Rd., Suite 204A, Hamilton, ON L9C 7N4
I have helped literally thousands of men who struggle with pornography addiction and the grief it brings to their marriage. The toxicity of shame and secrecy help keep this struggle private until caught. This addiction is not an easy one to win against on your own and needs the attention of a therapist. Most men have no idea why they are so locked into this addiction. In the last few years, women too are becoming increasingly more caught in the web of porn addiction, equally with no idea why. Although porn addictions look sexual they are often another issues being acted out sexually. This is where I have been so successful in helping people with this addiction and find the freedom they want.
William Stokeld, MA
565 Sanatorium Rd. Suite 204A, Hamilton, ON L9C 7N4
It is very difficult, and it is a process, to make the changes necessary to stop abusing substances or performing an addictive behaviour e.g. gambling. Often there is a misconception that the difficulty in quitting has something to do with moral character or willpower, but nothing could be further from the truth. By the time a substance or behaviour becomes a problem in someone’s life there have been changes in the brain and body that make quitting a complex process. Through exploring the role the substance/behaviour originally played in the life of the individual, the underlying issue creating the feelings the substance/behaviour “soothes” can be determined and a new coping skill learned.
Bayridge Counselling Centre
Individual, Couples, and Family Counselling
1295 North Service Rd, Burlington, ON
If we do something repeatedly, that we would rather not do, then we have an addiction. The problem with addictions is that people get hurt. The addicted person may not recognize the seriousness of their situation, but eventually both the addict and their loved ones suffer tremendously in a state of helplessness. Many families have been destroyed from addictive behaviour such as substance addiction (drugs/alcohol), gambling, sexual addictions, gaming/internet addictions. A counsellor can help. Workshops, groups, individual or family counselling can assist in breaking the devastating cycle of addiction. Coping skills and emotional awareness to negotiate compelling urges and compulsive in