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Addiction, Treatment and Recovery

The effective treatment of addiction requires a broad and open-minded approach that considers the many contributing factors to addiction, including personal history, trauma, cultural norms, learned behavior, family dynamics, and attitudes and beliefs.


Thoroughness and consistency of care are crucial, and a "one size fits all" approach can often fail those who need tailored care. It is important to provide individuals with a comprehensive understanding of their addiction, and specific techniques to address their compulsions and triggers. 

"I had been struggling with food addiction for several years, I had seen multiple counsellors and doctors during that time and never made progress. My time with Ed has been totally different to previous experiences. With an approach that allowed me to understand the root of my problem and highlighted exactly what steps I needed to take before it all began to fall in place. I now have found  a totally different perspective around myself, through food and within myself. Ed has a great mix of a friendly and professional attitude that makes opening up and being honest much easier to do. I am so thankful for the lessons Ed has taught me and I could not recommend him enough."

Traditional treatment models like the 12-step program may not be effective for everyone, and a more personalized approach is required. This is especially true for those who have failed in standardized treatment systems and are left feeling more desperate than before. The process of learning and changing behavior requires action and practice in the real world, not just contemplation. 

Individuals struggling with addiction need a specific set of skills and tasks to learn from to achieve success. Edward, a psychotherapist, offers a unique approach to addiction treatment that is not limited to old models of addiction theory. His approach involves breaking down the patterns of behavior, dismantling the triggering process, and deconstructing dangerous patterns and attitudes while working toward new goals. Edward's approach is derived from listening to his clients' needs and practicing delivering what they need to get the methods correct. 

Clients find Edward's sessions relaxed and judgment-free, which allows them to talk openly about their personal matters. His approach has helped clients with depression, anxiety, and crisis situations, as well as those struggling with food addiction. They have found a new perspective on themselves and within themselves, leading to stable and content lives. 

"I found Edward a great help when I was dealing with depression and anxiety, and a crisis brought to the surface by alcohol. He helped me to find my way again without being in any way judgemental or prescriptive. I particularly liked the fact that his sessions were relaxed  - for someone who finds it hard to talk about personal matters, I found myself able to talk openly and without fear, even when I was at my most anxious.  His therapeutic technique was effective for me, both when I started and was in need of urgent help, as well as later on when things had settled down. I never felt talked down to, and his therapy was gentle and intuitive. I also appreciated that Edward was flexible in terms of sessions - I was able to take breaks, and to fit  around my work and home commitments. I am grateful to Edward and I  recommend his approach to therapy wholeheartedly."

A New Approach To Treating Addiction Problems

In the program some of the things we focus on and develop are: 

  • New ways of thinking that exist outside of the realm of addiction.

  • Slowing down to decipher compulsive cues to use - dismantling and integrating triggers.

  • What is the nature of reality and what does life want from you and you from it?

  • How to set your focus and your desire on life itself.

  • Mastering relationships whilst  identifying who cares about you. 

  • Learning the art of self care. 

  • Discovering who you really are and building a strong trusted relationship with yourself.

  • Using your imagination to see a future and work toward realising it and becoming it.

Our program covers a wide range of topics to help you achieve your goals. We help you develop new ways of thinking that exist outside of the realm of addiction, and we teach you how to slow down and decipher compulsive cues to use. We help you identify triggers, learn impulse control, and develop resilience, so you can maintain your progress and prevent relapse. We also help you understand and use mental and emotional states, create new healthy behavior seeking, and master relationships while identifying who cares about you. 

Our program is delivered in weekly or bi-weekly sessions, and is designed to allow you to continue with your day-to-day life while accessing intensive, deeply transformational psychological treatment. We provide you with weekly tasks and learning opportunities that you can implement as you progress through the program. Our goal is to help you establish healthy social engagement and forward-thinking goal progression, while also helping you become a self-guiding and responsible individual in control of your decision-making. 

Our program is closely monitored to ensure that you are making progress and that we are providing you with the support and guidance you need. Each week represents specific and measurable milestones of stepped practical, emotional, and psychological change. We facilitate your self-understanding and learning, and we help you become activated in your own process of change and development. 

If you're tired of feeling bored, depressed, and stuck in the same patterns of behavior, we're here to help. Our program is flexible, adaptable, and rich in methods that work, to help you ignite a spark of hope and the potential of real change. Designed to be comprehensive and thorough, our focus is to work with you towards the outcomes that you want and to address the problems holding you back in life. Supporting both the treatment of the dependency issue and the factors contributing to it. 

Included within this we also integrate and develop the following:

  • Harm reduction 

  • Impulse identification

  • Developing resilience

  • Trauma resolution

  • Identifying triggers

  • Recognising the inner addictive voice

  • Important relationships 

  • Life balance 

  • Life development

  • Self awareness  

  • Self compassion 

  • Impulse control

  • Mental clarity

  • Emotional intelligence

  • Retraining dopamine/reward pathways 

  • Creating new healthy behavior seeking 

  • Understanding and using mental and emotional states 

  • Goal setting and life advancement

  • Realising ambitions and quality of life

  • Personal and spiritual growth


We specialise in Dual diagnosis addiction practice which is a comprehensive approach to treating addiction and mental health disorders simultaneously. It recognizes that addiction and mental health issues often go hand in hand and that addressing both is essential for a successful recovery. 

According to this theory, substance abuse and mental health disorders are intertwined and can fuel each other's symptoms. Therefore, treating them as separate conditions is not effective. Dual diagnosis addiction theory aims to identify the underlying causes of both conditions and develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses both simultaneously. 

This approach involves a combination of therapy, medication management, and social support to help individuals manage their addiction and mental health symptoms. The goal is to provide a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses all aspects of an individual's well-being and helps them achieve a lasting recovery. 

We offer dual diagnosis addiction treatment to provide individuals with the tools and resources they need to overcome addiction and mental health disorders. Our approach is tailored to each individual's unique needs, and our dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care to help individuals achieve lasting recovery. 

Case example from a completed program for opiate dependency here.

Case example for alcohol here.

Read a related article in The Guardian here.


Addiction is a treatable condition. If you are suffering from or want any further information on any of the issues discussed, please get in touch to make an appointment for a discussion. For help with addiction in Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Durham or Harrogate.

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