Addictions - Including Substances ADD and ADHD Coping Strategies

Addictions - Including Substances

While some people can use prescription or recreational drugs with no negative effects, many others become addicted and face dramatic health and lifestyle problems as a result. Substance addictions negatively affect relationships, home, school or work, leaving the person feeling ashamed, helpless and isolated.

Physical symptoms of substance abuse and addiction are varied depending on the drug of choice, but the symptoms of the addiction itself are similar. People who are addicted to substances may neglect their responsibilities, take potentially dangerous risks and get into trouble with the law. As their drug use spirals out of control, they will lose interest in activities that used to be enjoyable and continue to take drugs despite knowing the harm it causes.

Substance addicts tend to build up a tolerance to their drug of choice, and get angry when they can't get more of it. Withdrawal symptoms are highly probable when an addict goes without it for too long. Depression, nausea, insomnia, sweating, restlessness, anxiety and shaking are all common withdrawal symptoms.

Psychotherapy can help you to overcome substance addiction by focusing on correcting maladaptive behaviors. Substance abuse is usually a coping mechanism against emotionally overwhelming past events or memories. Substances are often used to provide instant gratification instead of facing certain issues.

Therapists are equipped to help clients deal with addiction recovery through empowerment and helping them set simple short term targets. The first target is sobriety, followed by empowering the client with adaptive skills and finding new coping strategies that deal with the issues that caused the addiction. Substance addiction can be ended, allowing the person to live a healthy, productive life.

If you need a counsellor or psychologist to help you address the effects of substance addiction, you can search the directory below to find a professional with the approach best suited to your situation.

ADD and ADHD Coping Strategies

Therapists offer a wide range of approaches and ADHD coping strategies that can be valuable in overcoming the challenges of ADD/ADHD. Coaching is an effective tool in the treatment of ADHD. While traditional psychologists offer a range of approaches to deal with emotional problems, those who work with ADHD clients help implement practical solutions that improve situations in everyday life. Known as behavioural therapists, they offer strategies to help you prioritize tasks, structure your environment and manage your finances.

Organizing your work and home environment for optimum results can make life a lot easier and therapists can help with that. They may come to your home or office and look at ways to improve the organization and make suggestions for increased efficiency.

If you have ADD/ADHD and you could benefit from learning how to organize your environment and to prioritize tasks, have  a look at the counsellors listed below.

Note: You may narrow your search by selecting more than one filter below.

Kim Watt

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
** I'm open for business to all new and existing clients, and am currently offering both video and phone sessions instead of in-person appointments. Free 15-minute consultations are also available. Please reach out... Read more

Amanda Zhou

M.Couns., RCC
I have supported marginalized populations throughout my career and have a special interest in working with individuals with suspected or diagnosed neurodevelopmental disorders, such as Autism and ADHD. I draw from a... Read more

Meagan Maddocks

M.Couns., RCC
Meagan is a registered clinical counsellor who has an expertise in working with clients who live with chronic diseases in Vancouver BC, near Oak & Broadway. Balancing life’s stressors and joys can be a... Read more

Marthe Lemire

M.S.W., RSW
Would you like to: Have a better understanding of the past. Clarify and work on acceptance in the present. Move towards a valued future. We are in a unique time, as advances in technology have created new... Read more

Sherri Inouye

M.C., RCC
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Hi, I’m Sherri.  People come to see me for a variety of reasons but ultimately they are looking to experience life differently.  You may be struggling with current life challenges, living with the... Read more

Ann-Marie Inoue

M.C., RCC
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Do you feel dissatisfied or discontented with life? Tired of looking happy on the outside, but feeling empty on the inside? Do you constantly push people away that love you? It is my passion to walk with people... Read more

Ruth Skutezky

M.A., RCC
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Is anxiety getting in the way of living your best life? Are you feeling disconnected from your partner, arguing more, or even having doubts about your future together? Are you a new parent, struggling to adjust to this... Read more

Amber Lowdermilk

M.Couns., RCC
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Amber is a Registered Clinical Counsellor whose compassionate nature and warm personality helps her client’s feel secure and safe, as together they challenge and overcome a variety of painful difficulties... Read more

Lillian Kelly

M.A., RCC
I see clients in So. Surrey, B.C.Frustrated? Unhappy with your relationship?Are you repeating painful patterns in your relationship, and in your life? I can help you create the changes that you long for! You can create... Read more

Colette Mrazek

M.Ed., RCC
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My counselling career began over 20 years ago and since then, I have worked in a variety of settings with many different populations, such as youth at risk, children who have been orphaned, young parents,... Read more

Jeffrey Fisher

M.A., Retired
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Tanya Ward

M.A., RCC
About Me: I have a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology and am a registered clinical counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. I have over 15 years of experience and have... Read more

Matty Devenish

M.S.W., RSW
Many people express feeling stuck with the issue or problem they are facing. In fact, many people's lives are completely consumed by the issue they are facing. Having worked in the counselling field since 2006, I... Read more

Chi-Jen Hung

M.Couns., RCC
You don’t have to struggle alone Living with anxiety, fear, and helplessness is difficult. Relationship can be confusing and disappointing. Dealing with your parents or your children can be frustrating. You are... Read more

Chelsea Stenner

M.A., RCC
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I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#15201) and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (#10002791). I have a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. The first thing I want you to know... Read more

Katy Strachan

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Katy Strachan has been a Registered Psychologist in the Vancouver area since 1994. She has specific interests in women’s counselling, relationship issues, parenting issues, victim’s assistance,... Read more

Tatiana Sean

M.Ed., CCC
Tatiana is a certified clinical counselor registered with the Canadian Clinical and Psychotherapy Association (C.C.P.A). She has been in the counseling and helping profession for over fifteen years and has expertise... Read more

Avraham Cohen

Ph.D., RCC
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Avraham Cohen, Ph. D., RCC, CCC holds the designations of Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and Canadian Counsellor Certification (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling... Read more

Heather Price

M.C., CCC
Hello. My name is Heather Price and I have had a private practice in the downtown area of Nanaimo since 1997. Starting out as a music therapist, I later went back to school and received a Master’s Degree in... Read more

Dianne Leitch

M.Couns., RCC
Dianne Leitch, BComm, Master of Counselling, RCC, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a private practice in North Vancouver. She welcomes individuals and couples facing concerns with infertility, relationships,... Read more

Shelley Gordon

M.S.W., RCC
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Shelley Gordon has been an Imago Relationship Therapist since 1996, and a Therapist since 1983. She has over 25 years of experience, and is an advanced clinician with Imago Relationships International. Shelley is... Read more

Sara Place

M.A., RCC
It is my honour to deeply listen and support your personal journey through whatever life circumstance brings you to counselling.  We can work through difficult life circumstances, relationship challenges (including... Read more

Daniele Doucet

Ph.D., RCC
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Dr Daniele Doucet (nee Duplassie) is the Founder and Director of The Shanti Counselling Centre. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, a Provisional... Read more

Yaari Dyer

Ph.D., R.Psych
Hello! I am a Registered Psychologist (#2094) and see individual clients and couples in my peaceful Kitsilano office.  I assist adults at every life stage who are grappling with issues... Read more

Sandy Hawkins

M.A., RCC
"Although feelings of stress, anxiety, depression or relationship conflict may sometimes seem all-encompassing, they do not define who we are. Therapy is a process, and I believe we are each the experts of our own... Read more

Joy Schellenberg

M.A., RCC
Are you Tired of the Pain and Turmoil in Your life? It’s likely you’ve been struggling for a long time. You’re overwhelmed and you don’t know where to turn. It seems the same negative things... Read more

Brenda Dineen

M.Ed., RCC
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Brenda is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with an office conveniently located in South Vancouver. Brenda has a rich background of professional experience and personal growth. She has worked in the public and private... Read more

Zoe Younger

MC, RCC
    • Online booking
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor who sees individuals and couples for therapy in downtown Vancouver, including VPD Crime Victims Assistance Program (CVAP) clients.  I currently offer video... Read more

Candace Marshall

M.A., CCC
    • Online booking
UPDATE - COVID-19 and Nexus Counselling Services:  In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, your safety and health is paramount.  Whether you are a new or existing client, to accommodate your concerns and... Read more

Kimi Combow-Gill

M.Ed., RCC
Kimi has a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and is bound by... Read more