Addiction Counselling in Edinburgh

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Tracy Williams Therapy
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
I offer a wide variety of services including individual counselling and psychotherapy, couples therapy, teens and young adults counselling, family counselling, online therapy, mindfulness education, substance misuse and behavioural addictions therapy, support for family and friends and corporate mindfulness.
I have an open, friendly and supportive manner, backed by my academic qualifications and many years of experience. I am trained in clinical psychology and holds both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in this area. I hold an MSc in Marriage, Family and Child Counselling. I also holds professional qualifications, and am highly experienced in working with alcohol and drug abuse. In addition I am a visiting lecturer for PhD students completing their final year at Glasgow's Caledonian University, and delivers mindfulness training to individuals, groups and businesses. ​
I offer a wide variety of services including individual counselling and psychotherapy, couples therapy, teens and young adults counselling, family counselling, online therapy, mindfulness education, substance misuse and behavioural addictions therapy, support for family and friends and corporate mindfulness.
I have an open, friendly and supportive manner, backed by my academic qualifications and many years of experience. I am trained in clinical psychology and holds both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in this area. I hold an MSc in Marriage, Family and Child Counselling. I also holds professional qualifications, and am highly experienced in working with alcohol and drug abuse. In addition I am a visiting lecturer for PhD students completing their final year at Glasgow's Caledonian University, and delivers mindfulness training to individuals, groups and businesses. ​
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Saskia Burnett
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH16
My work has covered a diverse set of peoples issues, ranging from trauma, bereavement and addiction, to relationship issues or any other aspects of life which may have become a burden.
As a therapist, I firmly believe that each of us holds the answers to our own issues within. My role here is to help you recognise these and support you in working through them. I will aim to create a trusting counselling relationship throughout our sessions, where you can feel able to express your feelings in an empathic and accepting environment. Through this collaboration, our aim would be for you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, in turn facilitating the change you are aspiring to achieve.
My work has covered a diverse set of peoples issues, ranging from trauma, bereavement and addiction, to relationship issues or any other aspects of life which may have become a burden.
As a therapist, I firmly believe that each of us holds the answers to our own issues within. My role here is to help you recognise these and support you in working through them. I will aim to create a trusting counselling relationship throughout our sessions, where you can feel able to express your feelings in an empathic and accepting environment. Through this collaboration, our aim would be for you to gain a deeper understanding of yourself, in turn facilitating the change you are aspiring to achieve.
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Paddy Hare
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, BACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH12
I offer person-centred, trauma and addiction focused therapy.
Do you want to talk about the big stuff? Does it feel like it’s too big sometimes, and that it’ll make the people around you treat you differently? Does sharing those parts of yourself feel like they’re a ‘burden’ to others? Do you feel like you’ve been punished just for being yourself? I’m not scared of the big stuff. It deserves time, attention, and respect, just like you. I want to be gentle with whatever process you are going through. I don’t know if you’re like me yet, but I’ve had enough of the world’s unkindness.
I offer person-centred, trauma and addiction focused therapy.
Do you want to talk about the big stuff? Does it feel like it’s too big sometimes, and that it’ll make the people around you treat you differently? Does sharing those parts of yourself feel like they’re a ‘burden’ to others? Do you feel like you’ve been punished just for being yourself? I’m not scared of the big stuff. It deserves time, attention, and respect, just like you. I want to be gentle with whatever process you are going through. I don’t know if you’re like me yet, but I’ve had enough of the world’s unkindness.
0131 381 2762 View 0131 381 2762
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integration counselling & psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MRes, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
Do you feel stuck in a particular cycle that is impacting your life and needs to change? Does regulating emotions seem impossible?thinking negatively? have difficultly trusting others or doubt yourself?..Our hope is to offer you the tools, techniques and the inspiration you need towards improving your wellbeing, and encouraging personal growth. Whether you would like some help with anger, anxiety, addiction, phobias, to improve your mood, process trauma or improve your self-esteem. Together we can work together to help you to make lasting changes which will allow you to improve your outlook and live life to the fullest.
Do you feel stuck in a particular cycle that is impacting your life and needs to change? Does regulating emotions seem impossible?thinking negatively? have difficultly trusting others or doubt yourself?..Our hope is to offer you the tools, techniques and the inspiration you need towards improving your wellbeing, and encouraging personal growth. Whether you would like some help with anger, anxiety, addiction, phobias, to improve your mood, process trauma or improve your self-esteem. Together we can work together to help you to make lasting changes which will allow you to improve your outlook and live life to the fullest.
07723 923797 View 07723 923797
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Jason Michael Lumb
DCounsPsych
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH1
Many people struggle with addiction, with such things as alcohol, cocaine,ambling or even sex addiction which is increasing as the internet expands.
Are you concerned that your use of substances or problematic behaviour is getting out of control and is causing problems in your life? Or are you worried that you will not be able to cope without them, even though you would like to cut back or stop? Do you feel locked into thinking styles which are starting to dominate your life such as anxiety or depression and don't know what to do? Imagine if you could regain control of your life and situation so you felt happier, and were no longer dependant or worried about your substance use or problematic behaviours? Recovery is possible but sometimes we need a bit of help to get there
Many people struggle with addiction, with such things as alcohol, cocaine,ambling or even sex addiction which is increasing as the internet expands.
Are you concerned that your use of substances or problematic behaviour is getting out of control and is causing problems in your life? Or are you worried that you will not be able to cope without them, even though you would like to cut back or stop? Do you feel locked into thinking styles which are starting to dominate your life such as anxiety or depression and don't know what to do? Imagine if you could regain control of your life and situation so you felt happier, and were no longer dependant or worried about your substance use or problematic behaviours? Recovery is possible but sometimes we need a bit of help to get there
0131 381 0141 View 0131 381 0141
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Benjamin Ng
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH6  (Online Only)
Welcome! I am an American-trained member of the BACP, with 9 years of experience working as a psychotherapist. I have worked with clients struggling with a range of mental health difficulties (chronic and acute: depression, anxiety, stress, trauma), but have specific experience with relationship issues (infidelity, breakups/divorce, struggles to connect); grief, bereavement and loss; and addiction. My style is warm and interactive, but challenging when needed. Being non-judgmental, and treating others with respect, sensitivity, and compassion is the bedrock of counselling, and is built into all of my feedback and reflections.
Welcome! I am an American-trained member of the BACP, with 9 years of experience working as a psychotherapist. I have worked with clients struggling with a range of mental health difficulties (chronic and acute: depression, anxiety, stress, trauma), but have specific experience with relationship issues (infidelity, breakups/divorce, struggles to connect); grief, bereavement and loss; and addiction. My style is warm and interactive, but challenging when needed. Being non-judgmental, and treating others with respect, sensitivity, and compassion is the bedrock of counselling, and is built into all of my feedback and reflections.
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Bu Therapy
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH13
Waitlist for new clients
I can help in areas such as addiction,anxiety, depression, eating disorders, OCD, panic attack, personality disorder, PTSD, and self-esteem.
Bu Therapy works with YOU. You are, after all, the expert with what is going on in your life today. Together we will work on areas that might be affecting your life and what you would like to change. CBT therapy looks at the present rather than the past and identifies negative or maladaptive thinking styles that make you see things differently and out of focus. I will work with you in a collaborative manner so we can correct this “blurred view” of life and bring clarity, focus, and direction back into your life, and “together we can come out of the darkness and into the light".
I can help in areas such as addiction,anxiety, depression, eating disorders, OCD, panic attack, personality disorder, PTSD, and self-esteem.
Bu Therapy works with YOU. You are, after all, the expert with what is going on in your life today. Together we will work on areas that might be affecting your life and what you would like to change. CBT therapy looks at the present rather than the past and identifies negative or maladaptive thinking styles that make you see things differently and out of focus. I will work with you in a collaborative manner so we can correct this “blurred view” of life and bring clarity, focus, and direction back into your life, and “together we can come out of the darkness and into the light".
0131 381 8361 View 0131 381 8361
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Angela McLachlan
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, BACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH12
I specialise in working with childhood trauma, abuse, complex trauma, anxiety and depression, as well as relational issues, low self esteem, addiction and grief.
Have you had a recent difficult experience? Or maybe you are going through something painful just now? Perhaps you feel stuck and unable to move forward? It can often be difficult to understand feelings such as anxiety, overwhelm, panic, distress, fear, immobilisation, anger or sadness. Working collaboratively with you, at your own pace, I can help you process your feelings and faciliate a deeper and compassionate understanding of your current situation. In exploring and talking about both your present and past experiences and memories, I can offer you a safe and calming space to help you move forward.
I specialise in working with childhood trauma, abuse, complex trauma, anxiety and depression, as well as relational issues, low self esteem, addiction and grief.
Have you had a recent difficult experience? Or maybe you are going through something painful just now? Perhaps you feel stuck and unable to move forward? It can often be difficult to understand feelings such as anxiety, overwhelm, panic, distress, fear, immobilisation, anger or sadness. Working collaboratively with you, at your own pace, I can help you process your feelings and faciliate a deeper and compassionate understanding of your current situation. In exploring and talking about both your present and past experiences and memories, I can offer you a safe and calming space to help you move forward.
0131 381 1458 View 0131 381 1458
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Dr Darren O Reilly - Adhd Coach Therapist
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH3
Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed in life's journey? Struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, overwhelm, or procrastination? I'm a Psychologist specialising in helping young men and women (20s -30s) discover practical strategies for achieving their goals and living a happier life. We all face moments when expectations, time management, goals, connections, and self-care seem too much. Together, we'll chart a customized roadmap that harnesses your unique strengths combined with my clinical knowledge and experience, to create a course for a journey of profound and long-lasting change.
Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed in life's journey? Struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, overwhelm, or procrastination? I'm a Psychologist specialising in helping young men and women (20s -30s) discover practical strategies for achieving their goals and living a happier life. We all face moments when expectations, time management, goals, connections, and self-care seem too much. Together, we'll chart a customized roadmap that harnesses your unique strengths combined with my clinical knowledge and experience, to create a course for a journey of profound and long-lasting change.
0131 378 6555 View 0131 378 6555
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Tom Lawrence
Psychotherapist, MHGI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH3
If you are suffering from anxiety - depression/low mood - stress - anger problems - panic attacks - phobias - low self-esteem - self-harming - eating disorders - post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD, including military) - addiction (all kinds) - obsessions (OCD) - sleep problems - relationship problems, I can help. Difficulties can often be resolved within only a few sessions – sometimes just one – and in this way can provide good value for money.
If you are suffering from anxiety - depression/low mood - stress - anger problems - panic attacks - phobias - low self-esteem - self-harming - eating disorders - post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD, including military) - addiction (all kinds) - obsessions (OCD) - sleep problems - relationship problems, I can help. Difficulties can often be resolved within only a few sessions – sometimes just one – and in this way can provide good value for money.
07887 682291 View 07887 682291
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Zofia Zyborska
Counsellor, MSc, COSRT Accred
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH3
I specialise in Sex and Relationship Therapy and offer talking therapy for couples and individuals with sexual problems. These include vaginismus, painful sex, difficulty achieving orgasm, loss of desire for sex, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. I have particular experience in working with those impacted by past sexual trauma, abuse or assault. I am specifically trained and qualified to work with sex and porn addiction(s). I also work with partners of sex/porn addicts who are perhaps struggling with their partner’s addiction, working with the distress, betrayal, shock and trauma they may be experiencing.
I specialise in Sex and Relationship Therapy and offer talking therapy for couples and individuals with sexual problems. These include vaginismus, painful sex, difficulty achieving orgasm, loss of desire for sex, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. I have particular experience in working with those impacted by past sexual trauma, abuse or assault. I am specifically trained and qualified to work with sex and porn addiction(s). I also work with partners of sex/porn addicts who are perhaps struggling with their partner’s addiction, working with the distress, betrayal, shock and trauma they may be experiencing.
0131 357 6236 View 0131 357 6236
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Shannon Jones
Counsellor, MA, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH1
My areas of clinical work include anxiety, depression, play therapy, grief, trauma, life transition, and substance use issues.
I am a person-centered counsellor with a background in private practice and independent schools. I believe that healing happens in the context of relationships, and I am dedicated to cultivating a safe and welcoming environment where clients can come as they are and work collaboratively toward their goals. It takes great strength to decide to come to counselling and it has been a joy to witness the healing that happens when clients give themselves space to slow down and process.
My areas of clinical work include anxiety, depression, play therapy, grief, trauma, life transition, and substance use issues.
I am a person-centered counsellor with a background in private practice and independent schools. I believe that healing happens in the context of relationships, and I am dedicated to cultivating a safe and welcoming environment where clients can come as they are and work collaboratively toward their goals. It takes great strength to decide to come to counselling and it has been a joy to witness the healing that happens when clients give themselves space to slow down and process.
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Dr Sarah Quinley
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH10  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I work with a wide range of issues, including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, relationship issues, low self-esteem and self-worth, loss and grief, addiction, neurodiversity, identity issues, trauma spectrum, and work/academic stress.
As a qualified therapist and a Doctor of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I maintain a full private practice working online with adults and couples. I'll work with you collaboratively to develop the tools, clarity, & understanding you need to grow and heal while honouring the humanness in what you’re going through and the unique way that you experience life. Together, we could uncover the beliefs and patterns that are hurting or holding you back and pattern new, healthier ways of being with yourself and with others.
I work with a wide range of issues, including (but not limited to) depression, anxiety, relationship issues, low self-esteem and self-worth, loss and grief, addiction, neurodiversity, identity issues, trauma spectrum, and work/academic stress.
As a qualified therapist and a Doctor of Counselling and Psychotherapy, I maintain a full private practice working online with adults and couples. I'll work with you collaboratively to develop the tools, clarity, & understanding you need to grow and heal while honouring the humanness in what you’re going through and the unique way that you experience life. Together, we could uncover the beliefs and patterns that are hurting or holding you back and pattern new, healthier ways of being with yourself and with others.
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Room To Change
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH6
Hi, I'm Lilian, an Addictions Therapist and Executive Function Coach. I specialise in problematic drug and alcohol use, sex and pornography addiction, and anxiety and depression. I also work with couples, and with partners experiencing betrayal trauma. As a coach, I work with people diagnosed and self-diagnosed with Autism (ASD) and ADHD to support executive functioning skills. You may be experiencing problems in your relationships, work, health and finances and feel overwhelmed. Understanding your relationship with substances, sex or porn is key to resolving the struggle.
Hi, I'm Lilian, an Addictions Therapist and Executive Function Coach. I specialise in problematic drug and alcohol use, sex and pornography addiction, and anxiety and depression. I also work with couples, and with partners experiencing betrayal trauma. As a coach, I work with people diagnosed and self-diagnosed with Autism (ASD) and ADHD to support executive functioning skills. You may be experiencing problems in your relationships, work, health and finances and feel overwhelmed. Understanding your relationship with substances, sex or porn is key to resolving the struggle.
0131 378 6646 View 0131 378 6646
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Wendy Robertson Fyfe
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
I work with folks who are deeply committed to exploring what might be emerging in your longing for a different way that is more authentic to who you really are which happens to also be truly aligned with Earth's ways. You may arrive through loss of connection, bewilderment, longing, grief, lost, a misfit, crisis, trauma, addiction, depression, illness, betrayal, relationship breakdown. You may be longing to connect with Nature, intimately. We work with self-healing and wholing, and the Pilgrimage of Soul which includes focus on soulcentric dreamwork, deep imagination, archetypes, art, the unbidden, inner & outer journeys.
I work with folks who are deeply committed to exploring what might be emerging in your longing for a different way that is more authentic to who you really are which happens to also be truly aligned with Earth's ways. You may arrive through loss of connection, bewilderment, longing, grief, lost, a misfit, crisis, trauma, addiction, depression, illness, betrayal, relationship breakdown. You may be longing to connect with Nature, intimately. We work with self-healing and wholing, and the Pilgrimage of Soul which includes focus on soulcentric dreamwork, deep imagination, archetypes, art, the unbidden, inner & outer journeys.
01368 650332 View 01368 650332
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Brooke Hulsizer
MSc
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1
I am originally from the USA, where I have experience working with adults, families, and groups in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My passions lie in working with people impacted by trauma, attachment disorders, relational distress, addiction, depression/anxiety, and general unhappiness. I often work alongside my clients to figure out why they feel the way they do and identify their needs based on what we discover. I use modalities like CBT, DBT, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and EMDR to understand and heal underlying causes of external problems.
I am originally from the USA, where I have experience working with adults, families, and groups in both inpatient and outpatient settings. My passions lie in working with people impacted by trauma, attachment disorders, relational distress, addiction, depression/anxiety, and general unhappiness. I often work alongside my clients to figure out why they feel the way they do and identify their needs based on what we discover. I use modalities like CBT, DBT, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and EMDR to understand and heal underlying causes of external problems.
01456 494627 View 01456 494627
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Adam Penkul
Psychotherapist, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH1
I help individuals going through relationship challenges, working to bring clarity and resolution. I have a particular interest and expertise in working with anxiety and body dysmorphia, the subject of my masters thesis and connected with my own history. I am one of a few a lived experience therapists working with this disorder. I also work with young men who are experiencing difficulties transitioning into healthy adulthood. Their issues often include self esteem, anger and life meaning and purpose. Other areas of interest include grief, addiction, crises of meaning, spiritual emergence and emergency.
I help individuals going through relationship challenges, working to bring clarity and resolution. I have a particular interest and expertise in working with anxiety and body dysmorphia, the subject of my masters thesis and connected with my own history. I am one of a few a lived experience therapists working with this disorder. I also work with young men who are experiencing difficulties transitioning into healthy adulthood. Their issues often include self esteem, anger and life meaning and purpose. Other areas of interest include grief, addiction, crises of meaning, spiritual emergence and emergency.
01277 674239 View 01277 674239
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Lesley Inglis Supervisor
Psychotherapist, COSRT Accred
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
Specialities: Sex problems, addictions Porn/chat/fetishes traumatised partners Love addiction, Polyamory rels.
Hello, I am a widely experienced, Psychosexual Therapist/Supervisor. If you want to understand yourself better,/change unwanted behaviours to 'feel' better I would be delighted to receive an EMAIL from you. I work with common & also unusual Sex & Relationship difficulties & Mental health conditions . I assess you & help you identify your goals for Therapy. I review how you think our work together is progressing. I explain the rational for my exploration & focus of the tasks I ask you to practice. I work collaboratively with you-as a team to reach your goals. Clients say this is a good way to work. Please email re Supervision.
Specialities: Sex problems, addictions Porn/chat/fetishes traumatised partners Love addiction, Polyamory rels.
Hello, I am a widely experienced, Psychosexual Therapist/Supervisor. If you want to understand yourself better,/change unwanted behaviours to 'feel' better I would be delighted to receive an EMAIL from you. I work with common & also unusual Sex & Relationship difficulties & Mental health conditions . I assess you & help you identify your goals for Therapy. I review how you think our work together is progressing. I explain the rational for my exploration & focus of the tasks I ask you to practice. I work collaboratively with you-as a team to reach your goals. Clients say this is a good way to work. Please email re Supervision.
01573 400476 View 01573 400476
Photo of Nick Watts Online Counselling, Psychotherapist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Nick Watts Online Counselling
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Edinburgh EH2  (Online Only)
I've worked extensively with people whose childhood home was dominated by drug addiction, alcoholism, violence or neglect.
I currently live in Lyon, France, but I began my private Therapy work in Granton, Edinburgh. I still like to work with people ftom the area, Scotland, and the UK in general. I also work online with Anglophones living in Lyon and across France . My job is to help you to consider your past and present, to help you find happiness, meaning and purpose in your life and relationships. I can help you develop your own healing from within, to help you understand your own history, to discover new or hidden aspects to yourself, and to develop new ways of living more appropriately to how you best see yourself.
I've worked extensively with people whose childhood home was dominated by drug addiction, alcoholism, violence or neglect.
I currently live in Lyon, France, but I began my private Therapy work in Granton, Edinburgh. I still like to work with people ftom the area, Scotland, and the UK in general. I also work online with Anglophones living in Lyon and across France . My job is to help you to consider your past and present, to help you find happiness, meaning and purpose in your life and relationships. I can help you develop your own healing from within, to help you understand your own history, to discover new or hidden aspects to yourself, and to develop new ways of living more appropriately to how you best see yourself.
0131 357 6157 View 0131 357 6157
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Alasdair Sladen
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Edinburgh EH1  (Online Only)
I am a fully qualified Psychodynamic therapist - some of the issues I help clients find resolution with are anxiety, trauma, addiction and relationship problems, amongst other things.
Welcome to my page. Through providing a trusting and honest relationship I can bring insight of the unconscious into awareness. This helps provide the tools to develop a better understanding of how the past impacts the present as well as resolving issues you might have with interpersonal relationships, defences, and emotions. How long we work together is dependent on the issue(s) and your preference as a client but I would look to review how you felt the sessions were going at least every 4 weeks.
I am a fully qualified Psychodynamic therapist - some of the issues I help clients find resolution with are anxiety, trauma, addiction and relationship problems, amongst other things.
Welcome to my page. Through providing a trusting and honest relationship I can bring insight of the unconscious into awareness. This helps provide the tools to develop a better understanding of how the past impacts the present as well as resolving issues you might have with interpersonal relationships, defences, and emotions. How long we work together is dependent on the issue(s) and your preference as a client but I would look to review how you felt the sessions were going at least every 4 weeks.
0141 673 6400 View 0141 673 6400

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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.