Drug and Alcohol Counselling
Addiction is a physical or psychological need to do, take, or use something, to the point where it could be harmful to you. Even when bad side effects kick in and people feel like they are losing control, people who have addictions usually can’t stop their harmful behaviour without help and support. A person can become addicted to many things, including, shopping, food, sex, drug taking, gambling, drinking, or gaming. General signs of addiction are a lack of control, or inability to stay away from a substance or behaviour despite wanting to, awareness of the detrimental effects the behaviour is having on your life but an inability to reduce these effects, for example: decreased socialization, abandoning commitments and neglecting relationships. Other symptoms include dismissing risk factors, physical effects like withdrawal symptoms when trying to stop and needing a larger amount of a substance or more of the behaviour to feel the same enjoyment as when it first began.
Addictions are our attempt to get away from the unsettling emotions that arise within us. Why deal with discomfort when we can have a drink? Or a smoke or take a pill? Very quickly, some of our discomfort goes away, at least temporarily. But while it might not hurt in the moment, there is always a repercussion later, whether to our health, employment, finances, relationships, or self-esteem. At Safe Haven, I can teach you how to relate to your discomfort differently. You will learn, rather than reacting to your discomfort in a habitual way, you can choose how you want to respond. When it comes to addictions, what’s most important is what we say to ourselves as we descend into temptation or relapse. We must remind ourselves that we are human, and the road to recovery is sure to challenge us. At Safe Haven, I will offer you the space to be kind and patient to yourself and slowly learn to resist your cravings.
“The mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind blows. With each step, a flower blooms”
Thich Nhat Hanh.
Benefits of counselling
Build meaningful relationships