Addictions - Including Substances Emotion Focused Therapy

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.

Emotion Focused Therapy

Note:  Some practitioners practice Emotionally Focused Therapy rather than Emotional Focused therapy.  You will want to confirm that it is indeed Emotion Focused Therapy that the counsellor/psychologist practices.  

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Judy Zhu

M.Ed., RCC
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, or feeling stressed out? Are you also experiencing health issues such as digestion problems, poor sleep, pain and fatigue? I am a registered clinical... Read more

Kim Watt

M.A., RCC
Are you feeling lost, sad, or unhappy? Maybe I can help. I view relationships as being a crucial component of holistic health, and my passion involves helping people develop better connections with others as well as... Read more

Maryam Mills

M.Couns., RCC
COVID-19 Update: To provide a safe alternative for treatment, I am also available for video conferencing via Skype. Maryam is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology.... Read more
Counselling is a Smart Investment in Yourself From time to time, we reward ourselves with a treat-a cup of coffee, a new electronic gadget, a massage, perhaps a new watch or clothing. However, we often forget the... Read more

Patricia Friedman

M.S.W., RSW
This is the first step in looking for the right professional who can help you and I hope I can make this process easy for you. I work with adults who feel like something is not right in their life; they may feel... Read more

Donna Vidas

M.A., RCC
Some issues I regularly work with in therapy include: Overcoming recent or life-long patterns that may be interfering with your enjoyment of life depression and mood challenges anxiety and worry grief (loss... Read more

Nina Hopmeier

M.Couns., RCC
Have you been feeling overwhelmed lately by your emotions and life demands? Do you sometimes feel like you have exhausted your coping resources and no longer know how to move forward? If so, do not worry or judge... Read more

Kathryn Pybus

MCP:AT, RCC
***Update March 23, 2020: During the COVID-19 outbreak, I am meeting clients exclusively online (via Zoom Pro) or over the telephone. New clients are warmly welcome! A Registered Clinical Counsellor (#14856) and... Read more

Eva Helpard

Ph.D., RCSW
We all encounter challenges and difficulties that at times frustrate and overwhelm us. They may prevent us from living our lives the way we truly want. But these struggles also present us with a Time for Change- an... Read more

Becca Smith

M.S.W., RSW
Counselling is a deeply personal experience. A therapy relationship is one that is built on trust and trust is built over time as we gain knowledge and experience of another person. I have over 25 years of ... Read more

Anne Erlebach

Ph.D., CCC
Life can be full of challenges and problems that cause stress, confusion, anger, insecurity, indecision, shame, physical pain, illness, exhaustion and lethargy, frustration, worry, anxiety, guilt, regret, grief,... Read more

Nina Sheere

MC, RCC
I believe therapy and counselling relationships should be similar to other health professionals we use - like doctors, dentists and physio, we tend to build a professional relationship with someone we trust, integrate... Read more

Mandy Thiessen

M.Ed., RCC
Hi! My name is Mandy and I’m a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#16462) with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from UBC. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I am only offering secure online or phone... Read more