Are you or loved one dealing with an addiction? Addiction can leave an individual with damaging consequences effecting their relationships, professional life and psychological state. At Port of Call we can help you find rehabilitation that is suited to your specific needs. An important step of rehabilitation is addiction counselling as it helps the individual reach a healthy state of mind that will enable them to reach and maintain long term recovery.
What is addiction counselling?
Counselling for addiction can be in the form of group sessions or one-to-one sessions depending on the needs of the individual. The preferred type of counselling for addiction is group counselling as it enables the individual to not only tell their story to others, but also listen and relate to others who may be going through a similar journey. Addiction counselling is largely focused on helping someone tackling addiction to deal with their cravings and help them to recognise that these cravings can be turned into healthier thoughts that can be used to resist temptation. Addiction counselling is available for numerous types of addictions including:
Addiction counselling for drugs
Addiction counselling for drugs aims to help the person going through an addiction to recover safely from drug abuse. Whether you are dealing with cocaine addiction, cannabis addiction, or any other drug, drug counselling sessions focus on teaching individuals how to cope with their cravings whilst overcoming the existing addiction. Drug counselling sessions also give people the chance to share their personal struggles with others who may have been through similar experiences, thus reassuring them that they’re not alone.
Those dealing with a drug addiction may be going through various feelings, including:
- Feeling unwell when not taking the drug
- Mood swings
Drug counselling aims to minimise these feelings through various talking and behavioural therapy; methods, whether this is in group or through private addiction counselling. Drug abuse is usually treated with cognitive behavioural therapy as its allows the person to recognise their cravings.
Addiction counselling for alcohol
The first step of overcoming alcohol addiction is recognising and admitting to the problem. In a number of cases, people with an alcohol addiction problem try to convince themselves that their drinking habits are not serious. Sometimes, individuals think that they have done everything possible to stop it. However, the longer it takes for someone to face up to their alcohol addiction problem and get help, the more damaging it can be to their physical and psychological state.
Like drug counselling, counselling for alcohol most commonly includes cognitive behavioural therapy which helps the person going through an addiction to eventually eliminate negative psychological or emotional habits towards alcohol and replace them with healthier thoughts. Through recognising and understanding these unhealthy thoughts and feelings, individuals can gradually learn to control this impulse to drink.
Family addiction counselling
Addiction can also take its toll on the family of someone going through an addiction. Thus, we can help you find family addiction counselling for the loved ones of the person dealing with an addiction. Those surrounding the individual can experience various emotions as they witness someone they care about cause themselves harm, including:
It is important that the family have a support system in place to ensure that they are not alone in helping their loved one achieve sobriety and long-term abstinence.
The right help at the right time
Whether you, or a loved one are dealing with an addiction, we urge you to begin the rehabilitation process sooner rather than later. Here at Port of Call, we have an experienced team of advisors who are here to help you find the help that you need, starting with a free assessment over the phone. Please do not hesitate to call us on 08000029010 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can help you in reaching active recovery today.