The Living Room sees addiction as not only encompassing dependence on drugs (both legal and otherwise) such as opiates, nicotine, alcohol etc, but also a range of obsessive and compulsive behaviours that encompass such things as problem gambling, eating disorders, sex addiction and self harm.
The Living Room sees addiction as having complex causes include both inherited biological and also social risk factors working in tandem. However, that result is an illness that sees a range of cognitive functions being compromised, including: poor impulse control, sensitivities to particular environmental cues, craving, obsession and compulsions, assessing rewards and issues around motivation. These difficulties mean that, if not dealt with, addiction will remain for the individual a chronic condition incorporating cycles of relapse and recovery.
However, The Living Room maintains that on-going recovery from addiction is possible with a range of cognitive tools and the appropriate support networks.
In order to address the underlying cognitive deficits (and to enable clients to maintain motivation, manage their using triggers and sustain recovery) The Living Room draws on a range of counselling interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Relapse Prevention, and the 12 Step/ Minnesota method to enable people to address the spiritual dimensions of their illness.