In the UK, one in three people are caught in the grip of an addiction. Many others are in physical or emotional pain from psychological disorders.

Addiction can take on many forms, but two key behavioural patterns are common to all addictions. Firstly, an individual has frequent difficulty in controlling how often they do something or how long they do it for. For example, one drink leads to more drinks, 20 minutes turns to 2 hours.

Secondly, an individual continues to do something, despite feeling that it has a negative impact on their relationships, their personal performance, their life or their wellbeing. This is true for dependence on substances such as alcohol and drugs, but is also the case for psychological addictions to behaviours such as gambling, shopping and sex.

Different levels of addiction

At one end of the spectrum and more rare, is the person who’s lost their job and has to satisfy their addiction every day which in turn has an adverse effect on their personal relationships.

But more commonly, is the functioning addict. They still hold down a job and their relationships are relatively intact, but their quality of life is suffering because of their addiction.

The negative consequences of an addiction increase over time

Addiction is a progressive disease, steadily eroding the quality of a person’s life. It’s never easy to quit, but if someone you know has already suffered negative consequences and you don’t want them to get worse, there is never a better time for them to quit than now.

Cavenagh has specialist programmes to enable people to live a life free from addiction.



Disorders can take on many forms, but ultimately they are a re-occurring combination of symptoms that create significant distress or impairment in work, education, family and daily life in general.

Typical disorders range from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), eating disorders, personality disorders to sleeping disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnoea or sleep walking.

Disorders can be triggered by unexpected stressful events such as being in a serious accident, job loss, an unwanted pregnancy, or the sudden break up of a long-term relationship.

Disorders all have the ability to impair the performance and functioning of an individual if left untreated (as they often are). They can also put great strain on family, friends and work colleagues. Cavenagh can provide professional support to help people overcome these disorders.


Case Histories

“My addiction had escalated out of control. I’d gone from the occasional slot machine, to different types of gambling every day! My debts spiralled and I nearly lost everything. Cavenagh helped me stop this vicious cycle and I was able to turn my life around.”

Peter, Engineer

Conditions we treat

We have experienced professionals throughout the UK who can help individuals overcome:

  • Sex addiction
  • Alcohol addiction
  • Drug addiction
  • Smoking addiction
  • Gambling addiction
  • Shopping/spending addictions
  • On-line addiction
  • Exercise addictions
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Panic attacks
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Bulimia nervosa
  • Compulsive eating disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Sleep disorders
  • Personality disorders
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