What is Addiction Counselling?
Addiction can slowly creep up on you. It doesn’t happen overnight. You may start by needing to take a substance or to do an activity that makes you feel better. Over time, if that need becomes stronger and more harmful to you, and you begin to become dependent and plan your life around that substance or activity, then you may begin to tip into addiction. That’s the point when addiction counselling can help.
Addiction can be dependency and/or abuse of drugs, alcohol, food, sex, gambling, work, exercise, sex and relationships, mobile phone and social media. Anything that seems to take away the intolerable feelings you have within you.
Clients who struggle with addiction and compulsive behaviours often have a preoccupation with more than one addiction at any given time. Addictions can often evolve from underlying, unresolved issues. Working through these issues in a structured way can help you stay in recovery, and can also help you work on yourself at a deeper level. Our therapists can help support you with a wide range of addiction issues and are experienced with the philosophy of the Minnesota model and the Twelve Step Programme.
Signs that you need addiction counselling
- You simply can’t imagine life without the substance or activity that has sustained you for so long.
- The substance or activity no longer gives you the relief it once did, and you have to use more of it and more often.
- The difficult feelings you’ve been trying to suppress are leaking out the sides and causing you distress.
- You keep promising yourself you’re going to give up, but find yourself unable to in the moments you feel stressed or upset.
- Your personal life has begun to unravel as you prioritise the substance or activity over close relationships.
- Your professional life may be wobbly if your addiction affects your ability to work.
- You believe everyone else is to blame for the problems in your life, and that the substance or activity is your only real friend.
- You have lost the ability to say no to the substance or activity. It has started to control you.
- You make excuses for why you do what you do, and may become secretive or defensive. But really the only person you’re lying to is yourself.
How addiction counselling can help you
If you are experiencing addiction issues then you may choose to abstain from using a substance or compulsively obsessing about a particular behaviour. However, this abstinence can often be short lived, and without a structured programme there is a chance of relapse. Our therapists who specialise in addiction counselling can help you to:
- Stay off or away from the substance, activity or behaviour by supporting you in your abstinence as you enter and stay in recovery.
- Discuss and implement a plan to prevent you from relapsing.
- Encourage you to attend twelve-step meetings, if you feel this is right for you in your recovery.
- Recognise the triggers that make you want to use that substance or activity to feel better.
- Substitute a healthier response in place of the addictive one.
- Identify how to let go of the hurts and slights in your life that have kept you stuck.
- Explore issues from early life that may be acting out in the present and fuelling the addictive behaviours.
- Work with underlying mental health issues that may have given rise to the addiction.
- Co-create new ways to think, feel and act that don’t involve the addictive substance or activity.
- Truly take a long hard look at your life and make constructive choices for your future.
Low Cost Counselling: £20 – £35 for 50 minutes
Private Counselling: £50 – £130 for 50 minutes (some therapists are a private healthcare provider)
Make an Appointment
To make an appointment to see one of our addiction counsellors, please call the reception team on 020 8673 4545 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are open seven days a week. All of our counsellors work from The Awareness Centre in Clapham, and some therapists work from other consulting rooms in South London, including Balham, Battersea, London Bridge, Pimlico, Mitcham, Streatham, Southfields, West Norwood and Wimbledon.