Substance Abuse & Unhealthy Dependencies

Substance abuse and other unhealthy dependencies can take over your life and the lives of your loved ones.

Counselling of substance abuse and other dependencies can help you overcome your predicament and prevent relapses. It will help you treat the underlying mental health conditions that contribute to the problem. Dependencies are often used as a way to escape or as a way to cope with pre-existing issues such as unresolved trauma, dysfunctional childhood (I.e. abuse, neglect, etc.) low self-esteem, troubles in tolerating certain life circumstances or factors, understanding and expressing emotions and so on.

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Substance Abuse and Dependencies Counselling Can Help with:

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs (prescription and other)
  • Smoking
  • Food
  • Gambling
  • Sex
  • Porn

Unhealthy dependencies are often tied to coping with intolerable feelings such as anxiety, stress, pain and loneliness. Such dependcnies are usually a way to escape from all of these things and life in general. There are deep seated feelings of shame and loneliness connected with these feelings, which can perpetuate the abuse cycle causing individuals to further desire to numb out these additional feelings. Even if temporarily, addictions provide only unsustainable and “dangerous relief”.

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Factors that Could Precipitate a Relapse:

  • Stress

  • Environmental cues, for example, everyone at work going for a smoke break

  • Social groups, Friends, family, acquaintances or people who are still addicted

Through substance abuse and dependencies counselling, we will teach you healthy ways to cope with your feelings, thoughts, and addictive behaviors. Addictions counselling will teach you how to cope with irresistible cravings and urges and facilitate the enjoyment of your life without using addiction as a crutch.  We will be here to support you and help you work towards the root of your problems with the warmth, support and kindness you need. We will do it at a pace that works for you and we will be there for you when you need it most. We’ll also provide you with maintenance therapy as this can become a chronic problem without it.

Recommended Books:

Adult Children of Alcoholics Syndrome: A Step by Step Guide to Discovery and Recovery Wayne Kritsberg