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Addictions, Gambling and Substance Use Disorder

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It is time to stop living with the problem and start enjoying a more satisfying life.

“Addiction is a chronic brain disorder molded by strong biosocial factors that has devastating consequences to individuals and to society.” American Journal of Psychiatry 2018

The addictive act can lead to “self-sabotage” but it need not stay that way.

Think of any addiction as a habit in the brain that creates a neural network – the more we do the addiction, the thicker and stronger the cluster of neurons.

Through our new and revolutionary integral method utilizing a combination of psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and neuroscience, we can facilitate the process where your mind can interrupt the neural network and generate new behaviours that actually support you and benefit your highest emotional needs.

Here’s what people are saying :

“I’m very well indeed! Not a drop crossed my lips for the past 3 months” – single session via the online platform – Mr Chua (May 2020)

“Today is day 48 and I am feeling awesome” – was suicidal and alcoholic – Mr D (April 2020)

If you are tired of letting the addiction run your life, it is time to take back your life and time to live
the life you want to.

Here’s what to do next :

Common Types of Addiction(s), Substance Use Disorder (SUDs) and/or Behavioural Addiction(s) that we have dealt with:

Substance Addiction

Behavioural Addiction

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Addiction and Substance Use Disorder

Here are some of the tell-tale signs, symptoms and observations of a person whom is experiencing addiction :

● Denial and Defensiveness : Often times, a person/ individual whom is experiencing addiction deny they have a problem. They will not seek help and will in turn become defensive of their behavior and deflect the problem by blaming others, especially the family or friend whom approached them to do something about the problem.

● Keeping Secrets : A person/ individual experiencing addiction will go to all lengths to keep the addiction a secret from their family or friends. This perpetuates the excitement that comes with the addiction. It is not uncommon to find hidden bottles and cans in kitchen cabinets, under the bed, in the garden, and any other secret place they can hide the substance. There can be secret compartments in bags, shoes, items of clothing where the drug is  being stored in plain sight. Needle marks will be hidden with cosmetics, apparel with long sleeves, bandages, sportive accessories. Drawers will be locked and there will be unexplained disappearances, including absenteeism from school and work. Once you intrude into their privacy, you will be faced with extreme wrath and rage. High functioning individuals experiencing an addiction are extremely resourceful in hiding their addictions and can appear as normal functioning adults in a work environment. However, the ability to function ‘normally’ often means that that the threshold or tolerance towards the substance has increased through time. Some high functioning individuals working in stressful environments may find themselves overdosing on certain prescriptive drugs as their tolerance increases and their need for larger amounts to get the same effect.

● Uncontrollable : The substance dependence starts off gradual and quickly escalates to uncontrolled use to satiate the internal hunger. Individuals experiencing addiction are unable to stop the substance use and have no regard to the consequences, which has an impact to their health and life. The substance will come first before anything and anyone else, and even takes precedence over themselves. The individual experiencing addiction places the substance as a number one priority in his/her life, and everything remains secondary and has to work around the substance. In summary, the substance becomes their God. Even when the substance use has stopped (temporarily), the thought of that substance remains – which is why relying on will power alone to stop addiction is in itself not sufficient as any trigger event (emotionally based) can set off another addictive episode and spiral down quickly. Individuals also struggle with withdrawal symptoms and are twice as likely to rebound to the addiction if there is no intervention.

● Other Psychiatric Disorders : The addiction may be experienced with another psychiatric disorder – oftentimes, another psychiatric disorder precedes substance use disorder or the use of substance may trigger or worsen another psychiatric disorder. For example, a gambling disorder may be co-existing with existing depression and anxiety. The inability to cope with daily life pressures can lead to suicide ideation, where the gambling addiction becomes overwhelming and the individual experiences a ‘gridlock situation’ where they feel like that are already in too deep to get out, and hence they perceive their only way ‘out’ is through the addiction, which gives them a false sense of control as their addiction deepens.

● Withdrawal : The ability to function in day-to-day life becomes impaired as addiction worsens. As there is intense focus on using a certain substance such as alcohol, drugs, chemicals, everything else in life takes a back seat. This includes failure to complete major tasks at work, school or home. Attending social events may become a chore as the individual experiencing addiction will need to formulate excuses to disappear or find pockets of in between time in order to nurse their addiction. This is often an embarrassment to the family or friend accompanying them to such social events. Family or friends will find themselves mysteriously ditched with no proper explanation as to the whereabouts of the individual. Should the individual experiencing addiction be forced to stop the substance use (even for a short period of time), the attention span is not present as the mind and thoughts wander to the nearest time and spot to get their next ‘fix’. The determining factor here is the withdrawal and constant evolvement of the substance in their thoughts 24/7 and which the individual has no control over.

● Quest for Happiness : Individuals experiencing addiction are constantly looking for means and ways to constantly feel intense pleasure and euphoria as an escape from their own internal emotional turmoil and pain. The substance or chemical use provides the temporary relief or high, which is a state of intoxication. Once this feeling wears off, the individual will do anything to revert to this intoxicated state in order to numb the pain and forget the emotional turmoil within them. The substance use becomes a means of escape from the pains of reality. Individuals experiencing intoxication may also feel an increase in perception and senses, as their neural and sensory networks are heightened. Not only are they at a temporary elevated state of intoxication, but the pleasure network or zones are activated. This can feel extremely self-empowering and their self-esteem and confidence increases. A normally quiet and shy person may exhibit signs of bravado and be more vocal or expressive when in a state of intoxication. Others may use recreational drugs to experience a world outside of themselves and to discover an inner, hidden self. What may start of as recreational can become addictive and quickly escalate to uncontrollable if the proper interventions are not introduced.


Here are some of the effects of Addiction and Substance Use Disorder :

Mental and Physical Changes : The brain structure and function changes in a person experiencing addiction, and deteriorates through time. The individual’s character and behavior changes, which is exhibited through distorted thinking and behaviors. The intense cravings causes a person’s personality to change and they may even show signs of abnormal movements like face twitching, leg tremors, anxious perspiration or profuse sweating (although no signs of external triggers are seen and there is no reason for them to feel anxious). The anxiety is triggered within as repeated substance use can cause changes in the biochemical regions of the brain and its functions and theperson continuously chase (within him) for the next quick fix or high.

Permanent Changes : Some of these changes can have a long lasting effect after the substance wears off. During the intoxication period, the individual may lose awareness or consciousness of their own actions or experience boughts of amnesia. This can be alarming to family and friends as they have no idea where the individual is or what they could have done or experienced during the intoxication period. Prolonged substance use can affect areas of the brain which may not be able to restore or recover so quickly as the addiction worsens. Individuals may find their judgement impaired, difficult to make decisions, learning and memory are reduced to almost nothing as they experience continuous brain fog and they may experience secondary trauma such as rape, self-harm behaviours, or even harming others, which they have no recollection of as they were ‘blanked’ out during the intoxication period.

Premature Death : Uncontrolled substance use is one of the leading causes of preventable illnesses and premature death worldwide. Many of the deaths reported from substance use disorder could have been avoided with the proper intervention methods. Premature death through substance use disorder could also be from accidents or accidental overdosing.


1 in 10 people with an addiction or substance use disorder seek treatment.

Addiction or substance use disorder affects people in different ways and different approaches work differently for different people.

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Some of the Outcomes

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