What is an Addiction or Substance Abuse problem?
An addiction is referred to uncontrolled repetitive behaviours that have adverse conequences. There are several types: food addictions, exercise addictions, sex addictions, gambling addictions.
Four criteria that are essential to identify whether you have an addiction:
– loss of control of amount or frequency of use
– compulsion to use
– use despite consequences
There are several types of addictions: food addictions, exercise addictions, sex addictions, gambling addictions. Most addictions or substance abuse problems are characterized by harmful consequences and loss of control.
Symptoms of an addiction or substance abuse problem include a combination of the following:
– injuries while under the influence
– feelings of anxiety, irritability or depression
– trouble thinking clearly
– problems with relationships
– spending money on substances rather than on food, rent or other essentials
– legal problems related to substance use
– loss of hope
– feelings of emptiness
Addiction Counselling / Substance Abuse Counselling
It is important to better educate yourself on alcohol and drugs, or any addiction you may have, increasing your awareness of how it affects your life, what puts you at risk of the behaviour, how to reduce the behaviour, and how to reduce stress. I will help you examine your thoughts and emotions and learn how these inner experiences affect how you behave, how you interact with others, and how others see you. It is important to manage cravings and temptations to behave in harmful ways, and to meet your basic needs with a healthy lifestyle. A major focus is also to meet and socialize with people who do not have an addiction or substance abuse problem.
Your first session involves initial assessment of your well being and a thorough intake of your personal history and background. Subsequent therapy sessions are 50 minutes in length, and are unique to each individual treatment plan.
Addiction Counselling in Etobicoke & Toronto; Substance Abuse Counselling in Etobicoke & Toronto.
Services offered by Carly Clifton include: addiction therapy, counselling for addictions, counselling for substance abuse, and substance abuse therapy.