Addiction Counselling in Manchester

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Stephen Griffiths Swgcounselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester M20
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Counsellor based in Manchester offering In person and online sessions. Life can be challenging, and in places it can feel intolerable and overwhelming it can be difficult to know where to start unravelling this, how to make changes, what changes, if any, we need to make, and to try to make sense of why we feel the way that we do. This can be a very painful experience but however dark it may be today, doesn't mean tomorrow won't be lighter, counselling can offer an opportunity to be heard and to be understood. I work with clients from all backgrounds but have particular experience working with Addiction and with LGBT+ issues.
I am a Counsellor based in Manchester offering In person and online sessions. Life can be challenging, and in places it can feel intolerable and overwhelming it can be difficult to know where to start unravelling this, how to make changes, what changes, if any, we need to make, and to try to make sense of why we feel the way that we do. This can be a very painful experience but however dark it may be today, doesn't mean tomorrow won't be lighter, counselling can offer an opportunity to be heard and to be understood. I work with clients from all backgrounds but have particular experience working with Addiction and with LGBT+ issues.
01707 247146 View 01707 247146
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Gareth Paul
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Manchester M34  (Online Only)
I have lived experience of depression, bereavement by suicide, addiction and recovery, which means that I have real empathy and understanding.
Hi, I'm Gareth from Purple Rain Counselling. I am an integrative counsellor providing support for people with any kind of mental health issue. I offer specialist help for depression, anxiety, addiction, bereavement and supporting those who have lost loved ones to suicide. By listening to you, we will develop our sessions together to help you achieve your desired goals and give you the coping skills you need.
I have lived experience of depression, bereavement by suicide, addiction and recovery, which means that I have real empathy and understanding.
Hi, I'm Gareth from Purple Rain Counselling. I am an integrative counsellor providing support for people with any kind of mental health issue. I offer specialist help for depression, anxiety, addiction, bereavement and supporting those who have lost loved ones to suicide. By listening to you, we will develop our sessions together to help you achieve your desired goals and give you the coping skills you need.
0161 524 1485 View 0161 524 1485
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Space Therapies
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester M25
With vast experience in all areas of psychotherapy, including substance misuse, dealing with loss, abuse, and burnout.
“My therapy is designed to give you the tools and guidance to change the way you think, and help you see things more clearly, so you can be in control of your own progress. I always work at your pace, and my goal is for you to feel as comfortable as possible when opening up. We’re in this together!”
With vast experience in all areas of psychotherapy, including substance misuse, dealing with loss, abuse, and burnout.
“My therapy is designed to give you the tools and guidance to change the way you think, and help you see things more clearly, so you can be in control of your own progress. I always work at your pace, and my goal is for you to feel as comfortable as possible when opening up. We’re in this together!”
0161 524 3080 View 0161 524 3080
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Patrick John Breheny
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M19
My experience is invaluable to me the opportunity to work with a broad spectrum of issues such as Bereavement, generalised Anxiety disorder, Self- harm, suicidal ideation, drug & alcohol addiction, and depression.
I am an experienced and qualified Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I am registered with the BACP (British Association For Counselling & Psychotherapy). My name is Patrick Breheny, I am a father of three young boys and Husband. I believe in good communication both in my personal life and professional life, I have a strong belief that Counselling is a way of life and I use the foundations of Counselling to enhance all my relationships. Born in Manchester I am familiar with the culture and the togetherness Manchester brings to peoples lives.
My experience is invaluable to me the opportunity to work with a broad spectrum of issues such as Bereavement, generalised Anxiety disorder, Self- harm, suicidal ideation, drug & alcohol addiction, and depression.
I am an experienced and qualified Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I am registered with the BACP (British Association For Counselling & Psychotherapy). My name is Patrick Breheny, I am a father of three young boys and Husband. I believe in good communication both in my personal life and professional life, I have a strong belief that Counselling is a way of life and I use the foundations of Counselling to enhance all my relationships. Born in Manchester I am familiar with the culture and the togetherness Manchester brings to peoples lives.
0161 850 4987 View 0161 850 4987
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Dave Cooper Counselling
Psychotherapist, MSc, ACC-AC
Verified Verified
Manchester M2
I work with every kind of addiction and dependence. Unlike residential approaches, I work with you whilst you are at home and at work. In your real life. Issues that I consider my approach successful with are - alcohol, cocaine and other drugs. internet based dependencies such as social media and gaming. Workaholism and relationship depndency. Sexual and relationship addiction. prescription medication dependency. Comfort eating and overeating as well as restricting and self starving.
I work with every kind of addiction and dependence. Unlike residential approaches, I work with you whilst you are at home and at work. In your real life. Issues that I consider my approach successful with are - alcohol, cocaine and other drugs. internet based dependencies such as social media and gaming. Workaholism and relationship depndency. Sexual and relationship addiction. prescription medication dependency. Comfort eating and overeating as well as restricting and self starving.
01925 989871 View 01925 989871
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Anxiety Depression Addictions Psychotherapist
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M3
Imagine finally getting a great night’s sleep and waking up feeling refreshed, energetic and ready to take on the day. How long has it been since that happened? Is your anxiety, depression, addiction and stress weighing you down? That’s where I come in. Through Person-Centred, Compassion Focussed Therapy and Attachment Therapy along with Mindfulness, I will be sure to be able to find out what is holding you back and more importantly, what will enable you to thrive. That’s the exciting part! I guarantee you will walk out that first session feeling lighter and breathing a sigh of relief.
Imagine finally getting a great night’s sleep and waking up feeling refreshed, energetic and ready to take on the day. How long has it been since that happened? Is your anxiety, depression, addiction and stress weighing you down? That’s where I come in. Through Person-Centred, Compassion Focussed Therapy and Attachment Therapy along with Mindfulness, I will be sure to be able to find out what is holding you back and more importantly, what will enable you to thrive. That’s the exciting part! I guarantee you will walk out that first session feeling lighter and breathing a sigh of relief.
07368 905276 View 07368 905276
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Bonnie Wallace
Psychotherapist, COSRT General
Verified Verified
Manchester M1
A highly qualified therapist who specialises in the areas of sex and porn addiction,sex therapy, couple therapy and eating disorders, and highly qualified in these areas as my training suggests. Vast experience ensures that I help my clients towards resolving their issues. I work with a broad spectrum of clients on a wide range of these issues. I offer a highly discreet, confidential and personalized approach delivered with compassion and understanding. Working with a sympathetic and non-judgemental attitude, I help achieve solutions to the issues you bring in a practical, down to earth way.
A highly qualified therapist who specialises in the areas of sex and porn addiction,sex therapy, couple therapy and eating disorders, and highly qualified in these areas as my training suggests. Vast experience ensures that I help my clients towards resolving their issues. I work with a broad spectrum of clients on a wide range of these issues. I offer a highly discreet, confidential and personalized approach delivered with compassion and understanding. Working with a sympathetic and non-judgemental attitude, I help achieve solutions to the issues you bring in a practical, down to earth way.
07480 736061 View 07480 736061
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Obehi Alofoje
Psychologist, MSc, GMBPsS
Verified Verified
Manchester M1  (Online Only)
The topic areas that I mostly work with are: •Anxiety • Work-life balance • Managing stress • Burnout Recovery • Managing relationships at work • Imposter syndrome • Addiction recovery • I work face to face as well as remotely via Skype|Zoom|Telephone to fit your busy schedule.
I work with mostly high-achieving millennial professionals, managers & entrepreneurs who feel overwhelmed and exhausted with juggling work/business with their personal lives. This overwhelm is currently causing a feeling of ineffectiveness and a lack of accomplishment or progress in their career and/or business. They have noticed increased procrastination and less productivity in their business or work. This is beginning to affect their bottom-line - with missed deadlines, or unfinished tasks list. It’s also affecting their sleep, mood, and social life. They are increasingly approaching professional ‘burnout’ (chronic fatigue, anxiety, forgetfulness, overwhelm, and indecisiveness). They want practical solutions and techniques that are easy to implement within their current schedule without having to change their work or business lives dramatically. They want a work/life balance that allow them to still lead productive and meaningful impactful live. They value their mental health and need to get better at protecting it. They know that this is directly linked to their ability to perform at their very best, to produce better results in their career and business.
The topic areas that I mostly work with are: •Anxiety • Work-life balance • Managing stress • Burnout Recovery • Managing relationships at work • Imposter syndrome • Addiction recovery • I work face to face as well as remotely via Skype|Zoom|Telephone to fit your busy schedule.
I work with mostly high-achieving millennial professionals, managers & entrepreneurs who feel overwhelmed and exhausted with juggling work/business with their personal lives. This overwhelm is currently causing a feeling of ineffectiveness and a lack of accomplishment or progress in their career and/or business. They have noticed increased procrastination and less productivity in their business or work. This is beginning to affect their bottom-line - with missed deadlines, or unfinished tasks list. It’s also affecting their sleep, mood, and social life. They are increasingly approaching professional ‘burnout’ (chronic fatigue, anxiety, forgetfulness, overwhelm, and indecisiveness). They want practical solutions and techniques that are easy to implement within their current schedule without having to change their work or business lives dramatically. They want a work/life balance that allow them to still lead productive and meaningful impactful live. They value their mental health and need to get better at protecting it. They know that this is directly linked to their ability to perform at their very best, to produce better results in their career and business.
020 3816 3687 View 020 3816 3687
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Simon Burgess
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M1
I specialise in Addiction. My approach is tracking at over 90% effective. (Clients still free of their addiction at the 1 year mark) I primarily work with addictions to Gambling, Drugs and Alcohol. My approach, the 4T's combines an assessment, therapy, and managed change, tracked over time. There is more at linkedin.com/in/simonburgess1 “The UK’s leading addiction therapist” where I’ve written over 40 articles covering many aspects of addiction and recovery. The 4T's are suitable for any addictive behaviour, get in touch and take advantage of a free 30 minute call to assess if it’s right for you.
I specialise in Addiction. My approach is tracking at over 90% effective. (Clients still free of their addiction at the 1 year mark) I primarily work with addictions to Gambling, Drugs and Alcohol. My approach, the 4T's combines an assessment, therapy, and managed change, tracked over time. There is more at linkedin.com/in/simonburgess1 “The UK’s leading addiction therapist” where I’ve written over 40 articles covering many aspects of addiction and recovery. The 4T's are suitable for any addictive behaviour, get in touch and take advantage of a free 30 minute call to assess if it’s right for you.
020 3962 1751 View 020 3962 1751
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Paul John Leadbeater
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester M1  (Online Only)
Thank you for taking the time to view my profile. Connecting with the right counsellor is important and can sometimes feel confusing. I am a person centred counsellor with extensive experience working with clients who have addiction issues (alcohol, substances, gambling and sex addictiction). I also have worked extensively with bereavement, anxiety, sexuality and gender issues.
Thank you for taking the time to view my profile. Connecting with the right counsellor is important and can sometimes feel confusing. I am a person centred counsellor with extensive experience working with clients who have addiction issues (alcohol, substances, gambling and sex addictiction). I also have worked extensively with bereavement, anxiety, sexuality and gender issues.
01707 246901 View 01707 246901
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Sallyann Meadowcroft
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester M1
I am a experienced school based and adult counsellor, I specialise in issues: past/ present relationships, addiction, the effects of others addiction, anxiety, grief, depression, trauma, and low self esteem.
Welcome I’m Sally, life is a roller coaster, we ride the highs and struggle with the painful lows. I understand taking the step to seek help and share your experiences is hard and scary, it takes courage, so trust is paramount within the therapeutic relationship. I offer a safe, supportive, non judgmental and empathetic environment, taking your direction to walk along side you. Time is precious, our own needs are usually low on our list. Focusing on ourselves and investing in our well-being enables growth and clarity. Self love is core in all of our relationships. Finding our own inner happiness and taking power back, creates peace
I am a experienced school based and adult counsellor, I specialise in issues: past/ present relationships, addiction, the effects of others addiction, anxiety, grief, depression, trauma, and low self esteem.
Welcome I’m Sally, life is a roller coaster, we ride the highs and struggle with the painful lows. I understand taking the step to seek help and share your experiences is hard and scary, it takes courage, so trust is paramount within the therapeutic relationship. I offer a safe, supportive, non judgmental and empathetic environment, taking your direction to walk along side you. Time is precious, our own needs are usually low on our list. Focusing on ourselves and investing in our well-being enables growth and clarity. Self love is core in all of our relationships. Finding our own inner happiness and taking power back, creates peace
01925 986804 View 01925 986804
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Stephen Pattinson - Counselling Psychotherapy Services
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester M11  (Online Only)
I specialise in the treatment of addiction which I have written/ developed and delivered many successful treatment programmes over the past 20 years that are used in the community, prisons, and rehabs and one to one settings.
Hello if you want a safe and caring environment and want to take back control in your life you have come to the right place. I have over 25 years experience of helping people with their mental wellbeing. I have worked for mental health services including NHS as a cognitive behavioural/ Psychodynamic therapist treating depression, anxiety, confidence, self esteem, bereavement and phobia disorders. my aim is to help people back on their feet as soon as possible and feel empowered from the first session. I offer a free 30 minute consultation online from the comfort your own safe space to clearly identify your personal goals /treatment.
I specialise in the treatment of addiction which I have written/ developed and delivered many successful treatment programmes over the past 20 years that are used in the community, prisons, and rehabs and one to one settings.
Hello if you want a safe and caring environment and want to take back control in your life you have come to the right place. I have over 25 years experience of helping people with their mental wellbeing. I have worked for mental health services including NHS as a cognitive behavioural/ Psychodynamic therapist treating depression, anxiety, confidence, self esteem, bereavement and phobia disorders. my aim is to help people back on their feet as soon as possible and feel empowered from the first session. I offer a free 30 minute consultation online from the comfort your own safe space to clearly identify your personal goals /treatment.
07380 316751 View 07380 316751
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Jonathan Barratt
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M25
I have 7 years of experience of working in addiction services.
I am a qualified integrative counsellor working within both person centered and CBT therapeutic approaches. I worked within the NHS for 14 years working on various mental health units. Whatever your challenge is whether it be depression, anxiety, work related stress, self esteem or any other challenge, I will work in collaboration with you to help identify and navigate a path forward. I offer a kind and calm approach to therapy. I am currently offering sessions face to face, online or by telephone. I can offer goal oriented and solution focused therapy using CBT tools, practical techniques and coping strategies.
I have 7 years of experience of working in addiction services.
I am a qualified integrative counsellor working within both person centered and CBT therapeutic approaches. I worked within the NHS for 14 years working on various mental health units. Whatever your challenge is whether it be depression, anxiety, work related stress, self esteem or any other challenge, I will work in collaboration with you to help identify and navigate a path forward. I offer a kind and calm approach to therapy. I am currently offering sessions face to face, online or by telephone. I can offer goal oriented and solution focused therapy using CBT tools, practical techniques and coping strategies.
01204 326789 View 01204 326789
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Ian Francis Mncs Accred
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester M1
I love working with people who are openminded and honest and looking to improve their lives and explore some of their blocks. I have a lot of experience working with depression, anxiety, abuse, addiction and low self esteem. If you aren't happy with yourself or your life, I would love to find out why and help you to explore ways of making positive changes. I have transformed my life in a positive way so I speak from experience when I say radical transformation is possible if you are open to it. I offer a safe, non-judgemental space to talk about the things that are really important to you.
I love working with people who are openminded and honest and looking to improve their lives and explore some of their blocks. I have a lot of experience working with depression, anxiety, abuse, addiction and low self esteem. If you aren't happy with yourself or your life, I would love to find out why and help you to explore ways of making positive changes. I have transformed my life in a positive way so I speak from experience when I say radical transformation is possible if you are open to it. I offer a safe, non-judgemental space to talk about the things that are really important to you.
01223 658135 View 01223 658135
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Nelson Davis
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Manchester M1
I have years of experience working with addiction and substance misuse, however dealing with these issues has shown me that a substance misuse or a dependency is generally a coping mechanism or mask to other underlying issues.
It can be a huge step to decide to talk to a counsellor/psychotherapist about personal issues so it is important to find someone you are comfortable with, who will not judge you but accept you for who you are. I offer office based and/or telephone therapy. The relationship between therapist and patient is fundamentally important. I liken psychotherapy to being in a clothing shop changing room where we get a unique view of ourselves from all angles.  Likewise therapy is about helping someone to glimpse  and explore hidden parts of themselves or just helping them make sense of their distress.
I have years of experience working with addiction and substance misuse, however dealing with these issues has shown me that a substance misuse or a dependency is generally a coping mechanism or mask to other underlying issues.
It can be a huge step to decide to talk to a counsellor/psychotherapist about personal issues so it is important to find someone you are comfortable with, who will not judge you but accept you for who you are. I offer office based and/or telephone therapy. The relationship between therapist and patient is fundamentally important. I liken psychotherapy to being in a clothing shop changing room where we get a unique view of ourselves from all angles.  Likewise therapy is about helping someone to glimpse  and explore hidden parts of themselves or just helping them make sense of their distress.
028 9590 9787 View 028 9590 9787
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Paul Lee Woodhouse
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M1
I specialise in behavioural change, motivation, relationships, addiction, depression and anxiety.
Let’s face it, life can be hard. To tackle the challenges we endure day-to-day, it’s essential to build a good psychological foundation and increase our fortitude. Without a balanced lifestyle our bodies and minds become less resilient. Are you struggling to move forward? My life philosophy is simple – be consistent and things will change for you. Work with me if you want to create healthier habits/behaviours and relinquish old beliefs that have weighed you down.
I specialise in behavioural change, motivation, relationships, addiction, depression and anxiety.
Let’s face it, life can be hard. To tackle the challenges we endure day-to-day, it’s essential to build a good psychological foundation and increase our fortitude. Without a balanced lifestyle our bodies and minds become less resilient. Are you struggling to move forward? My life philosophy is simple – be consistent and things will change for you. Work with me if you want to create healthier habits/behaviours and relinquish old beliefs that have weighed you down.
01325 521241 View 01325 521241
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Dr Trevor Landry
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Manchester M1
Like so many, I have suffered a great deal of loss, pain and anxiety in my life. This has inspired me to learn how best to support others who may also be struggling and for the last 20 years I have dedicated my life to developing my skills in Clinical Psychology to enhance my capacity to serve and support my clients. I have worked with and learned from so many people over the years, accross many contexts including; homelessness, mental health, addiction and with chronic health difficulties. I am an experienced and qualified Clinical Psychologist available to provide you with compassionate clinical care.
Like so many, I have suffered a great deal of loss, pain and anxiety in my life. This has inspired me to learn how best to support others who may also be struggling and for the last 20 years I have dedicated my life to developing my skills in Clinical Psychology to enhance my capacity to serve and support my clients. I have worked with and learned from so many people over the years, accross many contexts including; homelessness, mental health, addiction and with chronic health difficulties. I am an experienced and qualified Clinical Psychologist available to provide you with compassionate clinical care.
01772 419803 View 01772 419803
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Melisa Adams
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M1  (Online Only)
I help individuals with a wide range of issues, I work with addiction (gambling, porn, spending, internet, drugs, and alcohol).
We are told how important exercise is for our physical well-being, your mental health is no different. Mental health and physical health are interconnected. Stress, anxiety, and depression can manifest as physical symptoms. So, maintaining good mental health can positively influence physical health. Therapy changes lives and for that reason, if you are unhappy, stressed, and not sure what to do, you need to remember that life is short, and you deserve to live the life you want. Put yourself first and do what makes you happy! I will help you become your own therapist, providing you with healthy tools and support tailored for you.
I help individuals with a wide range of issues, I work with addiction (gambling, porn, spending, internet, drugs, and alcohol).
We are told how important exercise is for our physical well-being, your mental health is no different. Mental health and physical health are interconnected. Stress, anxiety, and depression can manifest as physical symptoms. So, maintaining good mental health can positively influence physical health. Therapy changes lives and for that reason, if you are unhappy, stressed, and not sure what to do, you need to remember that life is short, and you deserve to live the life you want. Put yourself first and do what makes you happy! I will help you become your own therapist, providing you with healthy tools and support tailored for you.
01302 490114 View 01302 490114
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Lee Rowland
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Manchester M13
I am a trusted Psychodynamic/CBT Therapist. I have helped many break through the obstacles holding them back; Life’s too short to be unhappy, unsure or unfulfilled. Let me help you learn and develop better ways to handle the issues that are standing in the way of your goals. I am proficient in issues including, Early Life Experiences, ADHD, Addiction, Alcohol/Drug issues, OCD/Phobias, Anxiety/Depression, Work Related Stress, PTSD, Autistic Spectrum, Bereavement, Anger Management, Domestic Violence, Panic Disorder.
I am a trusted Psychodynamic/CBT Therapist. I have helped many break through the obstacles holding them back; Life’s too short to be unhappy, unsure or unfulfilled. Let me help you learn and develop better ways to handle the issues that are standing in the way of your goals. I am proficient in issues including, Early Life Experiences, ADHD, Addiction, Alcohol/Drug issues, OCD/Phobias, Anxiety/Depression, Work Related Stress, PTSD, Autistic Spectrum, Bereavement, Anger Management, Domestic Violence, Panic Disorder.
0151 453 6765 View 0151 453 6765
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Addiction Counselling- Karl Markwell
Counsellor
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Manchester M1  (Online Only)
Addiction can leave us feeling helpless and hopeless. We look look to rebuild the relationships we have damaged and time that we have lost. Explore the causes and solutions to the behaviours that are causing us and those we love harm. Maybe you're a friend or family member of someone suffering from addiction and would like support and guidance on how best to help your loved one? Maybe you've been to treatment for your addiction and wish to continue the work you have started, or you are in long-term recovery and need the support of someone who understands your past. Perhaps you need a therapist that specialises in LGBTQ+ issues.
Addiction can leave us feeling helpless and hopeless. We look look to rebuild the relationships we have damaged and time that we have lost. Explore the causes and solutions to the behaviours that are causing us and those we love harm. Maybe you're a friend or family member of someone suffering from addiction and would like support and guidance on how best to help your loved one? Maybe you've been to treatment for your addiction and wish to continue the work you have started, or you are in long-term recovery and need the support of someone who understands your past. Perhaps you need a therapist that specialises in LGBTQ+ issues.
023 9200 1784 View 023 9200 1784

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Addiction Counsellors

What is the best therapy for addiction?

Addiction treatment will be tailored to the individual. People seeking help for addiction—whether with a psychotherapist, in an outpatient clinic, or in a residential program—should expect to engage in multiple types of treatments, sometimes including medication. For anyone recovering from addiction, avoiding situations in which one has typically used a substance is essential, as is the support of close connections. Since substance use disorders tend to co-occur with underlying mental health conditions such as anxiety or depression, those must also be addressed as part of any recovery plan.

How long does therapy for addiction take?

There is no set timeline for recovery from addiction. Patients and their families should expect the work to last several months, if not longer. Residential treatment programs may be based on a stay of 30, 60, or 90 days, with continuing work after release, but only about 1 percent of people are treated in such facilities. Ceasing use is just the first step; therapy to help maintain abstinence and effect behavior change must follow. The process of recovery, neuroscience has shown, involves brain cells recovering the capacity to respond to natural sources of reward and restore control over the impulse to use. Another definition of recovery is restoring voluntary control over one’s substance use and retaking all of one’s previous responsibilities.

How effective is drug addiction treatment?

Substance use disorders are treatable and remission is achievable for many who seek recovery; by some estimates, more than three-quarters of people who become addicted to alcohol or drugs recover. But that success rarely occurs quickly or on a set timeline; relapse is not only common, but many therapists and clinicians view it as a normal part of the process—not always a sign that a person has returned to addiction, but a signal that their treatment should be adjusted to help them regain control. Overall, research suggests, five years after the end of substance use, one’s risk of relapse is no greater than that of others who had not faced addiction. Other experts believe that complete abstinence is not the only measure of recovery, and that, through effective treatment, many people can learn to control their use.

How can you get addiction treatment for someone?

The most important factor in recovery from addiction is widely understood to be an individual’s commitment to change. For that reason,“interventions” in which friends and family gather to urge or force someone to begin immediate treatment often backfire; even when such efforts do lead someone to begin treatment, they may be less likely to stay than those who are self-driven. Still, family members can play an important role in supporting an individual who seeks help and can take part in family therapy as one element of a loved one’s treatment.