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.

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

Deborrah Dunne

Ph.D., RCC
The decision to go for counselling often arises in the face of crisis and overwhelm. It can also come about because we are tired of dragging our issues along with us through days, weeks, months and even years. My goal... Read more

Andrew Stone

M.A., RCC
My name is Andrew Stone and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (member #11227). As a Registered Clinical Counsellor, I have been able to demonstrate a... Read more

Ryan Leiderman

M.A., RCC
Congratulations on having the courage to work towards a better you.  As someone that has walked a similar path of self-improvement, I empathize with your struggle and truly appreciate the spark within you that... Read more

Lee Lourdeaux

Ph.D., RCSW
The people who come to see me include men who are struggling with either stress, or anger, or communication, or the misuse of alcohol, sex, or drugs,, women concerned about their marriage or partnership, and couples who... Read more

Kara Warren

M.A., RCC
Hello. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#10205) with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors. Located in central Maple Ridge, I offer individual and couple’s counselling services to address a diverse... 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

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

Nicklas Ehrlich

M.S.W., RCC
Nicklas Ehrlich is a licensed Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with an MSW from the University of British Columbia. She has over 39 years of experience as a Psychotherapist... Read more

Shannon Simms

M.A., CCC
  For over 15 years I have been working with people struggling with various challenges, including stress, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationships, and life transitions.  During challenging times... 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

Christina Clapperton

M.S.W., RSW
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Practice information: I am committed to you living a healthy life with meaning.  I am a Registered Social Worker (RSW) who sees clients at offices in Fairview and Baker Street in Nelson. Online/Video/Phone... Read more

Brett Stroh

M.C., RCC
We all have times in our lives when we feel a bit overwhelmed, and uncertain of the best course of action. Sometimes it’s nice to be able to get the perspective and advice of someone who is not a friend or family... Read more

Noele Bird

M.A., RCC
Noele Bird is a Registered Clinical Counselor with the BC Association of Clinical Counselors and a Certified Music Therapist with the Canadian Association of Music Therapy. She is a Trainer in the Bonny Method of Guided... 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

Tara Chotem

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor, and a Certified Group Therapist. I received my B.A. in Psychology from Concordia University, Montreal (1980) and my M.A. in Counselling Psychology from the... Read more

Deborah English

M.A., RCC
My name is Deborah and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I hold a MA in Counselling Psychology from Adler University, and a BA in Psychology from the University of Manitoba. I work with individuals (youth and... Read more

Daphne Georghiou

MFT, RCC
Get help from a seasoned, clinically trained psychotherapist in Vancouver, with over 20 years of experience supporting individuals, couples and families cultivate inner balance and create a path to finding joy in... Read more

David Ravvin

M.A., RCC
I am a professional Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. I provide individual and couples counselling. I have been a counsellor for ten years. As I see it, my job is to work... 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

Al Zwiers

M.S.W., RSW
I am a Registered Social Worker in BC, and have a Master of Social Work degree with additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Clinical Hypnosis and Gottman Method... 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
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

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

Diana Kollar

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
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

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. I bring to counselling a warm, collaborative, client-centred perspective... Read more
    • Online booking
One of my clients said that prior to coming to counselling she'd feared that the experience of therapy would be "like turning the room completely upside down." She instead found it to be "like finally... Read more

Rochelle Chapman

M.A., RCC
    • Video on profile
Counselling can be a way to grow while facing difficult circumstances. It can also be about building resources or heading in a new direction. In each case, you have the opportunity to become more yourself. Whatever... Read more

Robbie-Roberta Chesick

M.Couns., RCC
Robbie Chesick (MA, MC, RCC) is a registered clinical counsellor­­­­­­­­­, certified emdr practitioner,  level II sensorimotor psychotherapist, and certified meditation... Read more

Jeri-Lyn Munro

M.A., RCC
I have worked in many different mental health settings for the past 20 years including CMHA Vancouver Burnaby Branch,  Fraserside in New Westminster, Vancouver Coast Health and Fraser Health. My practice is often... Read more