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How Can an Addictions Counsellor Help You?

Although we often associate the term “addiction(s) with substance abuse, there are many different types of addictions that can be destructive and may require professional help to overcome.

Addiction Is:

  • Cravings or urges to use the substance or engage in the activity

  • Spending excessive amounts of time using or recovering from the use of the substance or engagement in the activity

  • Continuing to use or engage in the activity\substance, even when it causes problems in relationships, limits social occupations and employment.

  • Needing increasing amounts of the substance or activity to obtain the desired effect.

  • Development of withdrawal symptoms which can only be relieved by taking more of the substance or engaging in more of the activity

Do you or someone you know have a problem with addictions?

Have you considered working with a professional?

Read on to find out how can an addictions counsellor help you

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Substance abuse can feel isolating, but you're not alone. Research suggests that 21% of Canadians will meet the criteria for addiction in their lifetime. Of these people, some will never overcome their addiction without aid.

Obtaining expert professional help with an addiction can provide the support needed to treat underlying causes and help you with your long-term battle to overcome cravings.

Read on to learn why seeking professional help may be right for you.

What Is Addiction Counselling?

The goal of addiction counselling is to help people change their thoughts, feelings and behaviours to learn positive coping strategies to overcome the addiction.

There are many different services under the umbrella of addiction counselling. Your counsellor will help you decide which evidence-based therapies are suitable for you.

In addition, your counsellor will create a customized treatment plan. Your treatments will vary depending on your needs and preferences.

You may go through group or individual addiction counselling services or get counselling as a couple or family. You can also seek inpatient or outpatient treatment.

How Can an Addictions Counsellor Help You?