Addiction Counselling

 What is addiction counselling. The main difference is that i focus on your recovery as well as offering a traditonal counselling approach. The recovery approach will provide information on the problem, cravings, coping stratigies, self-care, detox referal process, external support (AA,NA,CA) and systemic family concerns.

We offer both long term or short-term brief intervention counselling to help you overcome your addiction and lead a productive life. All therapeutic interventions can help you to reduce or completely stop your use. In addition, you can deal with the harm that the addiction has caused and discover why the use started.

I use a range of evidenced based counselling models and skills of counselling to help you. These may include exploring and enhancing motivation for change, CBT strategies, various creative approaches and solution focused brief therapy strategies. This will be discussed in your initial assessment and be reviewed every six weeks

Areas frequently discussed

  • Understanding your triggers
  • Coping without substance strategies
  • Using family members to support you
  • Your relationship with a substance
  • Your environment and fellow users
  • Withdrawals and comedowns
  • Blocks to recovery
  • Crime and addiction
  • Mental Health
  • Harm reduction approach
  • Added support/AA, CA, NA
  • Risk and safeguarding

 

Assessment

We allow up to an hour for assessments to take place, where we discuss your individual needs. We may also discuss your willingness and commitment to achieving your goals as well as exploring any blocks to therapy. We may also explore any denial and any resistance you may have in this assessment process.

We believe this is an important part of the process and you will leave the assessment knowing whether this is right time for you. You may have had family and friends begging you to address your addiction however it is also down to the induvial person to want to change their life and address any unwanted behaviours.

By spending an hour with us you may also change any ambivalence you may have about the lifestyle you are leading. If you recognise yourself by reading spotting the signs below it may be worth taking a little time to reflect your current situation.

 

Spotting the signs of an addiction

There are many signs of an addiction. While these may vary depending on the substance or activity, every addiction has the capacity to greatly impact self-esteem and confidence - inducing troublesome feelings such as shame, guilt, a sense of hopelessness and failure. Everyone is different and some people may be better at hiding their addiction, or they may not be aware it has become a problem, but certain behaviour changes can indicate a problem.

Common behaviours and signs of a possible addiction include:

  • withdrawing from social activities or neglecting relationships
  • borrowing money or selling possessions in order to fund their addiction
  • attempting to hide or lie about the habit
  • exhibiting frequent mood swings
  • missing work, school or social events
  • losing interest in activities or hobbies they previously enjoyed
  • becoming nervous and paranoid amongst friends

However, with addictions being so varied - from gambling to drug abuse - signs of an addiction can be more or less obvious in people.