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You can overcome your addiction

In our column and podcast series, Professor Sarah Niblock, CEO of the UK Council for Psychotherapy, explores real-life challenges that affect us all. This month, we look at addictions, from daily bad habits to more serious dependence, and how talking to a therapist can help us understand them better, in order to kick them for good
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We are living in an age of addiction. In fact, it is so widespread that you are very lucky indeed if you are not touched by some kind of dependence. It can happen to you, a member of your family, your child’s teacher, your family doctor or your next-door neighbour. Addiction doesn’t discriminate.

It’s a complete myth that drug addicts and substance abusers are homeless and unemployed. Despite his bubbly on-screen persona, it was a shock to many that TV presenter Ant McPartlin was struggling with prescription drug and alcohol addiction. McPartlin reportedly became hooked on painkillers following a serious knee injury in 2014 and a failed operation the following year.

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