Many addictions begin as an innocent act to help relieve stress or to feel good, such as using drugs to alleviate anxiety, drinking to relax after a stressful day at the office, gambling to relieve financial worries, self-medicating over the counter drugs to ensure a good night sleep, sex as a way to feel loved and wanted, etc etc…. all have the potential to end up becoming an addiction or an obsession that disrupts an individual’s life or that of their friends or family.

There are two types of addiction, substance addiction and behavioural addiction, both of which are a mood altering habit that affects a person’s ability to function in day to day life.

Addiction is the only mental disorder that tells the individual affected that they don’t have a problem, generally blaming those close to them for the problems they have around their using and in life in general.  Denial of addiction is not a conscious act, but a part of the illness.

Once a habit is started, the body starts to crave those activities that make one feel good again and to find some relief for the emotional, physical and chemical responses within the body.   Once hooked on an addictive substance or behaviour an individual cannot imagine life without the habit.  Once this happens the addiction has taken hold, a condition characterised by repeating the same behaviour again and again, compulsively using alcohol, drugs or behaviours that create adverse social, mental or physical consequences. Most addicts believe they are in control of their addiction and can quit at any time.  Once an addict starts to try to stop their addictive behaviour and they see they cannot control it or stay stopped, then they are in a position to seek help.  However some addictive individuals do not see the damage they are causing themselves or their families and an intervention is required before treatment can be given.


If you think or know that you have an addiction problem the following may be familiar to you:


  • You find yourself hiding the fact that you are using
  • You have been arrested or cautioned because of your use/behaviour

  • You have lied about the amount you have used or the activity you have partaken in
  • You have tried to control your habit but find you cannot

  • Your using/behaviour is affecting or has affected your relationships or your job
  • You have swapped one drug/behaviour for another thinking that was the problem

  • You have continued using the drug/behaviour even when financially it is not viable
  • You worry about how you can arrange your social, family and work events around your use/behaviour
  •  Life without the substance/behaviour seems impossible

At Cortijo Care an individual is able to receive the most comprehensive treatment possible to overcome their addiction in a respectful understanding manner with full medical care and a team of specialised addiction therapists and nurses, enabling them to deal with any issues in a safe and secure environment, aided by experienced professionals and a qualified team that offers an individualised approach to their mental well-being.


If you would like more information about the different addictions that Cortijo Care can help you with, please select a sub-section below:




Everyone likes a cool beer after work or a glass of wine with their dinner don’t they?  This may be true for most…Learn More


Whilst drug use often begins as a recreational pastime and an individual makes a conscious choice to use drugs…Learn More


Gambling addiction is a mental-health problem and the types of gambling that people with a problem might…Learn More