Addictions - Including Substances Internal Family Systems

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.

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

Ruth Nyman

M.S.W., RSW
Ruth S. Nyman, MSW, RSW      Therapy and Counselling Services From time to time, serious problems come up in life; such as job-related stress, family and child issues, couple and marriage... Read more

Donna Vidas

M.A., RCC
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Some issues I regularly work with in therapy include: Overcoming recent or life-long patterns that may be interfering with your enjoyment of life resolving traumatic experiences managing life transitions... Read more
Rebecca Christofferson MA RCC BCATR is a registered clinical counselor and art therapist. Her training began with an aboriginal program at VIU, and has included a post-graduate art therapy diploma, many parent training... Read more

Lyne Piche

Ph.D., R.Psych
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Dr. Lyne Piché is a Registered Psychologist working in Abbotsford, BC. Her services are offered in both French and English. She has many years experience working with people who have sexual difficulties, sexual... Read more

Shawn McNabb

M.Ed., RCC
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"If change and results are what you need then let's talk about it." "I realize that making that call or writing that email is a big decision. What I hope when you meet with me is that you feel... Read more

Helen Katona

M.C., RCC
During this time, all appointments will only be available by phone or video.   Approach  I believe clients know themselves better than anyone else. Because of this, I focus on helping clients gain the... Read more

Phoebe Tsang

M.C., RMFT
Background and training: Master of Counselling from Trinity Western University Registered Clinical Counsellor #1830 of BCACC Registered Marriage & Family Therapist- Supervisor of CAMFT #2017290 BC... Read more

Svetlana Vasilyeva

M.C., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master of Counselling Degree from City University of Seattle. My previous education and experience was in medicine (M.D. from Kuban State Medical University in Russia with a... Read more

Eileen Peterson

M.S.W., RCSW
  NOTE: To provide support during COVID-19 precautions,  sessions may now be in person or virtual: video or by phone. Please call or email to book your appointment. Taking new clients. No matter how... Read more

Lindsay Stewart

M.S.W., RCSW
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At the heart of Integrative Psychotherapy is a respectful and sensitive attunement to the client’s inner world. This helps create a foundation of safety and trust on which all other work in therapy is built. As... Read more

Holly Yager

M.Ed., RCC
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Holly Yager (M.Ed., RCC, CCC) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Canadian Certified Counsellor in Vancouver BC with 15+ years experience providing psychotherapy and counselling for... Read more

S Lorraine McAteer

M.A., RCC
Lorraine McAteer has dual accreditations as a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Certified Canadian Counsellor. She has 12 years Post-Secondary Education in Medical and Psychological Sciences, was awarded an MA in... Read more

Khalil Nourani

Ph.D., RCC
Dr. Nourani is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors. He has more than two decades of experience in the field of mental health. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Developmental... 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

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

Janice Stuart

Ph.D., R.Psych
Have you been struggling with a problem for what seems like eons – and there’s no end in sight? Why is it so hard to get to the root of something? Maybe you’ve tried many things and still find... Read more

Colin Evans

M.A., RCC
Evans-Carlson Counselling believes in supporting individuals and couples in the growth that will help them take the next step towards health and wholeness.   Special Issues In-Focus: Each person coming to... Read more

Jesse Schellenberg

M.A., RCC
Note: Due to the recent state of emergency in B.C., I will be offering sessions exclusively online until the crisis is resolved.  Jesse believes that each person has the ability to grow and change. He approaches... Read more

Sara Kammerzell

M.Ed., RCC
For over twenty years, Sara has helped people grow through turbulent times in their lives so that they can reclaim their full vitality and live the life they were born to live.  She strives to connect with... Read more

Alex Abdel-Malek

M.S.W., RCC
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*** Please note that in response to the COVID-19 situation, I have moved my therapy practice to a fully online service, meaning we can connect via secure video call for our sessions for individual and couple therapy... Read more

Diana Kollar

M.A., RCC
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Diana loves helping people achieve fulfilling and healthy relationships with themselves as well with others.  Her compassion creates a supportive atmosphere where her clients can safely embark on a journey of self-... Read more

Daphne McDonald

M.A., RCC
My name is Daphne McDonald and I am expanding my private practice as a counseling therapist from my home in Cordova Bay where I have resided for the last 20 years. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master... Read more

Alex Kwee

Psy.D., R.Psych
I am a Psychologist registered in British Columbia (CPBC #1903) and the State of Washington. Currently I am an Assistant Professor at Trinity Western University, where I serve as a core faculty member in the MA in... Read more
Barbara Clay is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#3074) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Counselling Psychology. Barb has additional registration with the Crime... Read more

Glenda Wallace

M.A., RCC
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Do you want to change the patterns in your important relationships?  Do you seek more balance in your life?  Do you need a safe place to be heard?  Through our conversations, you will broaden your... Read more

Geoffrey Carr

Ph.D., R.Psych
My waitlist is usually about 12 months long, but please check drgeoffreycarr.com for a more accurate estimate.  Dr. Carr (Ph.D., McGill, 1985) is a Registered Psychologist (#953) who offers... Read more

Jamila Hilborn

M.C., RCC
I work primarily with children (ages 5 +), youth, and their families. A strong focus of mine is working with transgenerational trauma, abuse, issues surrounding belonging, abandonment, divorce and separation, addiction... Read more

Michael Dayan

Ph.D., RCC
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Here is some basic information about Dr. Michael Dayan: Fluent in CBT and other modalities, theories, & technique (narrative, depth, attachment, family systems, psychodynamic, existential... 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

Tony Ho

M.S.W., RSW
If you're having sleep troubles, I offer and integrate behavioral sleep therapy into my practice as it can significantly improve your overall wellbeing, so you have the energy to focus on what matters most... Read more