Addictions - Including Substances Counsellors

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.

Jaminie Hilton

M.A., RCC
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My approach is compassionate with individuals - adults and adolescents; couples; and parent-child communication, including parenting after separation. I provide a safe therapeutic environment in which you are... Read more

Sean Heales

M.Couns., RCC
Sean Heales is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who is seeing clients at his office based in Langley. As we navigate through life, we are constantly confronted by challenges. In some instances, these challenges are... Read more

Tammy MacLeod

M.A., RCC
Tammy works with individuals and couples who feel stuck, ambivalent, discouraged, overwhelmed and have difficulty communicating with partners. Her background includes years in the business sector and competing in sports... Read more

Sue Diamond Potts

M.A., RCC
Sue Diamond Potts, M.A. is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#178) and the Director/Founder of The Good Life Therapy Centre. She has over 25 years experience in the counselling field in a multitude of settings... Read more

Marilyn Chotem

Ed.D., R.Psych
Dr. Chotem is a Registered Psychologist who sees clients in her West Vancouver office. Her major areas of practice are eating disorders, addictions, attachment and relationship issues, child and family issues, as well... Read more
There are many reasons why the bonds of our relationships may start to weaken. Perhaps you have been hit with major life changes that no one expected: grief and loss, acute or chronic illness, or overwhelming... Read more

Richard Somerset

M.A., RCC
How you doing ?  Does shame ride shotgun in your life? Do you wish your life had more purpose? Are your relationships unfulfilling? Do you wish you could change? I focus my work on helping men... 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

Shelley Foster

M.A., RCC
Unique Family Coaching, Customized Individual Counselling and Online Consultation.Are you a family with teenagers looking for help?  Need something to change. Feel like you can no longer communicate or trust one... Read more

Erin Wallden

Ph.D., R.Psych
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I am a compassionate, nonjudgmental, caring therapist with over 10 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of adults in a variety of settings, including hospital treatment programs, outpatient clinics, and... Read more

Jan McNeill

M.A., RCC
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Jan is a registered clinical counsellor seeing people in the Central Island area, located in Nanaimo. Jan has been a counselling therapist for over a decade and in the field of social services for longer than 20 years... Read more

Jennifer-Lee Koble

M.S.W., RSW
As an Indigenous therapist I hold a strong belief in the healing power of relationships. In a collaborative and compassionate approach we may look at how you connect or disconnect from your emotions and your body... Read more

Sheran Selluski

M.A., RCC
Sheran Selluski has her Masters in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. She has offices in Maple Ridge and Mission. Sheran has trained in... Read more

Jim Browning

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Browning has been a registered psychologist in the Vancouver area since 1980. He has worked extensively in the areas of mental health, family violence, addictions, men's issues and employee assistance. Dr. Browning... Read more
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Joanna Simundic holds both designations: Registered Clinical Social Worker and Registered Clinical Counsellor, which makes it easier for you since all types of insurance coverage will be accepted to ensure you get... Read more

Claire Weiss

M.A., RCC
I’m a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a professional focus on addictions, trauma, anxiety/depression, and my life has been devoted to helping people recover from painful relationships and other difficult life... Read more

John Parker

M.A., RCC
John Parker has a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.... Read more

Alisen Santa Ana

M.A., RCC
Welcome and thank you for visiting my page. It takes great courage to reach out for support. You may be seeking support around a new issue or one you’ve carried for some time. Counsellng is meaningful... Read more

David Arnell

M.Sc., RMFT
My areas of interest are:Family ConflictDepressionAnxietyFamily issues with addictionRomance repair/Marriage managementDivorce avoidance or mitigationChild/ Youth supportThe recognition of aboriginal wisdomI believe in... Read more

Noni Retfalvi

M.Ed., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with over ten years of experience providing therapy to individuals in the Greater Vancouver area. Change is difficult, and sometimes painful.  The moment we ... Read more

Janice Bell

M.S.W., RCC
Janice has had a private practice for 25 years, twenty of those in Nanaimo.Her office location provides comfort, confidentiality and convenience. Herschedule is structured to meet the needs of clients.Janice... Read more

Elsie De Vita

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Elsie DeVita is a psychotherapist, registered with the B.C. College of Psychologists. She is also a member of the B.C. Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association. Elsie has worked in... Read more

Geoff Thompson

Ph.D., CCC
Geoff has demonstrated an exemplary ability to connect with clients while working with the Sunshine Coast Health Centre. An extensive background in both residential and outpatient addiction treatment has helped Geoff... 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
My name is Constance and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Canadian Certified Counsellor. I hold a MA in Counselling Psychology from Adler University, and a BA in Psychology from the University of... Read more

Kathleen Beaton

M.Couns., RCC
Sometimes dealing with life’s difficulties can leave you feeling overwhelmed, stuck, alone, or unable to cope. You may notice patterns in your life that continuously leave you stranded in the same stuck places,... Read more

Anil Baines

M.A., RCC
I have been working professionally with individuals, couples and families for the past 15 years in the areas of conflict resolution, emotional regulation, mindfulness and healthy attachment. I am a Registered Clinical... Read more

Paul Bains

M.A., RCC
Paul Bains, B.Sc., M.A., RCC is a Registered Clinical Counsellor. He has over 23 years experience working with couples, families, children, adolescents and individual adults. Benefits you may gain or learn by... Read more

Heather Bach

M.A., CCC
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For over 20 years, Heather Bach of Bach Counselling Group brings clinical expertise to working with those who wish to make a positive change in relationships, intimacy, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, ADHD... Read more

Janine Tredwell

M.A., RCC
You might be seeking counselling for yourself or your family member because of a specific concern such as feeling stressed, anxious, depressed, experiencing conflict in your relationship, or you  may have noticed... Read more