Counselling Vancouver - Addictions - Including Substances Counsellors, Psychologists, Therapists in Vancouver, West of Burrard St. - East of Alma St.

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.

Letty Mills

M.A., RCC
I have been practicing as a counsellor for over 25 years. I hold a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and I am registered with the B.C. Association of Clinical... Read more

Sandy Miller

M.Couns., RCC
Sandy has a Masters in Counselling Psychology, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, and an International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor. She provides counselling services to individuals and couples in New... 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 20 years of... Read more

Shelley Hine

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor who blends perspectives of inclusiveness, feminism, social justice and trauma work into my counselling practice. I am trained in a variety of clinical methods and... Read more

Nina DeLucca

M.Ed., RCC
In my life, I have also had my own struggles with mental well-being - depression, anxiety, and questioning my identity, my path.  It is hard.  It is exhausting.  It is lonely.  It can be hard to move... Read more

MaryClare Bovard

M.Couns., RCC
Mary Clare Bovard, BScOT, Master of Counselling, RCC, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a private practice in North Vancouver.  She welcomes individuals who are facing concerns that are impacting their daily... Read more

Jan McNeill

M.A., RCC
Jan is a registered clinical counsellor seeing people in the Central Island area, located in Nanaimo. Jan has been a counselling therapist for almost two decades and in the field of social services for longer than 30... Read more

Nicole Thomson

M.A., RCC
Sometimes it feels like you've been wanting and trying to change for so long, and it can be frustrating and disheartening.  The same patterns and cycles keep coming up, you're overwhelmed, and don'... Read more

Kelly Kavanagh

M.A., R.Psych
My name is Kelly Kavanagh (MA, MEd, R.Psych) co-owner of Richmond Couples and Child Counselling (RCCC), located directly across from the Richmond Hospital. I am a psychologist working exclusively with children,... Read more

Rachel London

M.Ed., RCC
You may be looking for a therapist for several reasons.  Perhaps you are feeling: irritable, tense and moody and just can't shake these feelings. the struggle of a major transition or stressful... Read more

Amber Louie

M.Sc., RCC
As an anti-oppression psychotherapist, I value your experiences based on culture, race, indigeneity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexuality, age, (dis)ability, and spirituality. I often work with people who... Read more

Beverley Anderson

M.S.W., RSW
Beverley Anderson, M.S.W., RSW, CPF (Certified Parenting Facilitator) and Compassionate Bereavement Care Certified Provider I am a therapist who is committed to providing a safe, supportive space for individuals to... Read more

Megan Hughes

M.A., Registered Psychology Assistant
Megan Hughes has been counselling in private, educational and institutional settings for 20 years. She has worked successfully with a variety of populations, including children, adolescents, individual adults, couples... Read more

Suzanne Kyra

M.A., RCC
With over 30 years of experience, Suzanne Kyra, M.A., Registered Clinical Counsellor, is a highly regarded counsellor with offices in West Vancouver and Coquitlam. She is also an international empowerment speaker, CEO... Read more

Mary Ann Pelzer

M.A., RCC
Hi Are you struggling to get through each day? Trying so hard and going in circles. Surviving has become your motto, until one day you decide you can’t take it anymore. This scenario is very common. It... Read more

Ruby Willems

M.A., RCC
Do you have a teen who is anxious? Depressed? Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems among all age groups across Canada. I'm a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with over 25... 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

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

Agata Burdziuk

M.A., RCC
Agata holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and... Read more

Corrina Arnold

M.C., RCC
Corrina believes that healing growth and change happen in the context of relationship. Therefore, choosing the right counselor to guide you through your personal work is a critical aspect of the therapeutic process.... Read more

Tabasom Eblaghie

M.A., RCC
Tabasom Eblaghie has her Masters in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. She has received her advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitization... 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

Doug Hilton

M.Sc., RCC
I have been a therapist for 27 years. I have worked with people of all ages in small communities and big cities and have dealt with mental health issues, marriage and family concerns, trauma, and addictions. I have... Read more

Yana Petronis

M.A., CCC
I approach therapy as a creative and collaborative process that involves the whole being of both the therapist and client. In order to lead fulfilling, joyful lives, humans need access to the intelligence available... Read more

Martine Charles

Ph.D., RCC
I have close to 25 years experience in providing individual counselling to adult women and men. I offer counselling for a wide variety of difficulties including trauma (recent and past), anxiety, depression, addictions... Read more

Mary Longworth

M.Sc., RCC
Mary Longworth is in private practice (Delta Counselling) in the South Delta, Tsawwassen, Ladner and New Westminster regions since receiving her M.Sc. in marital, family and child counselling in 1995. Mary is a... Read more

Lisa Yeates

M.Ed., RCC
Do you feel hooked by painful thoughts, emotions, and behaviours that pull you away from the person you want to be? Work with me to explore how to live life with meaning, to move on from the past and build skills to... Read more

Matthew Beasley

M.Couns., RCC
Matthew is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) in the Province of BC. He leads from a belief that every individual has an innate capacity to heal and grow. Matthew offers an opportunity when people feel stuck... Read more

Carole Gaato

Ph.D., R.Psych
With more than 20 years experience as a psychotherapist, I sometimes lose touch with just how daunting the task of finding your "right" therapist can be. Just so you know, as registered psychologists and... Read more

Michal Regev

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Michal Regev is a Registered Psychologist and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist. She has been counselling individuals, couples, and families since 1990, and has trained psychologists and counsellors in... Read more