Tales from the Crypto

Treating Addiction with in Crypto communities

Whatever you may think about the future prospects of crypto-currencies, there is a process in trading that is very similar to gambling – some may argue exactly identical. The environment in which people trade is a difficult world to navigate for some, there’s a range of emotions involved and there is both a tendency to get hooked on these emotional swings or use drink and drugs on the back of them.

Working with Crypto Traders

Working with crypto traders is very similar to working with people in other forms of substance use disorder, gambling disorders or addictive disorders. There has to be a focus on finding out what is making a person chose to destroy themselves? Have they unwittingly staggered into an addictive pattern of behaviour through their action, or is there something underneath that self-destructive behaviour which comes from a robust negative core-belief?

Negative core beliefs

You don’t have to be unsuccessful to have negative core-beliefs, I’ve worked privately with people who’ve accrued a lifestyle that would be the envy of most in the world, however that is merely on the surface level. Underneath material wealth people can be just as vulnerable as those without.

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The way in which we see ourselves and our relationship with the world isn’t always entirely based on how much or how little we make. There can be hardships throughout anyone’s life. However, there are a unique set of stressors within crypto trading that I have worked with:

  • Social Isolation – spending long hours at a computer without socialising with people on a face to face basis
  • Crypto-communities – being particularly overly rambunctious and binary over the states of either being a winner or a loser
  • Unsocial Hours – leading to poorer health choices around alcohol
  • Using stimulants – using stimulants like cocaine, adderall, ritalin and meth in order to stay up for lengthy periods of time to trade
  • Reward pathways – The thrill of the trade making life seem flat and boring leading to anhedonia and pursuit of hedonism.
  • Using Alcohol – Alcohol being very easily accessible to celebrate wins, commiserate losses and coast through functionality when dependency occurs

What to do?

Crypto trading could very well be in itself a process addiction for some people, gambling addiction is a recognised disorder by the American Psychiatry Association (APA) – and as stated previously gambling is very similar to crypto-trading.

The best course of action is to get some throughout assessment by a trained professional. Without knowing personal details it is difficult to direct, there may be many things that prevent a person from just merely stopping on the stop.

Contact myself today and I’ll arrange a free assessment to give you all the information you need to get back on track and managing your life:

Published by Dylan Kerr BA ACAT FDAP DipHE MBABCP

Mr Dylan Kerr Addictions Counselor Bachelors in Clinical Counseling (Hons) Advanced Certified Addictions Therapist Member of the British Association for Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapist Member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners HeDip Health-care HeDip Psychology of Addiction Dip Counselling Diploma in Arts Therapy Diploma in Transactional Analysis CSAT III Dylan Kerr is a Certified Substance Abuse Therapist who is qualified in Counseling, Psychology of addiction from Leeds University and Healthcare from Birmingham City University. Dylan Kerr has been a senior Therapist at the River Rehab, Lead Therapist at Lanna Rehab in Chiang Mai and Head Counselor of Hope Rehab in Siracha. As well as working in Thailand for 7 years, Dylan has also been the on-tour counsellor for the the Rock band ‘The Libertines’. Dylan is now resident counsellor at an Asian rehab. Dylan has experience of working within the music industry supporting acts in therapeutic needs. As well as working around the world Dylan has over 13 years experience delivering substance use disorder treatment at various agencies around the UK. He is skilled in motivational interviewing, CBT, RET and guidance around 12 step philosophies. Dylan has worked with a broad client base and establish the rapport needed to effect change and sustainable progression. Dylan wishes to start this blog to help educate people on his observations within this field and debate the nature of work in the addictions field.

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