Addictions can have a hugely damaging impact upon relationships, as well as career and finances. Seeking help can therefore be a very difficult but rewarding first step on the road towards abstinence, rehabilitation and recovery.

Dr. Cyrus Abbasian (BSc. MBBS MRCPsych MSc.)

Dr. Cyrus Abbasian (BSc. MBBS MRCPsych MSc.)

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Addiction is the repeated involvement with a substance or activity, despite the substantial harm it causes, because that involvement was pleasurable or valuable. Addiction may include alcohol, drugs (e.g. cocaine or heroin addiction), food, gambling, shopping or sex. An addiction can rapidly cause significant social, economic, health, and/or legal consequences.

Signs and symptoms of addictions

Symptoms can vary and may include some of the following signs:

  • Changes in work performance
  • Mood swings
  • Temper outbursts
  • Withdrawal from responsibility
  • Defensive attitude
  • Change in attendance at work
  • Frequent accidents
  • Frequent mistakes
  • Paranoia or overreaction to criticism
  • Secrecy
  • Dishonesty
  • Distraction
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Lack of concern over appearance
  • Tiredness

Our highly experienced psychiatrists can work with you to find a treatment programme that can help you remain in work during treatment.

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