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.

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
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

Annette Kasahara

M.Ed., RCC
As a Coach and Therapist Annette Kasahara provides a safe environment of acceptance and encouragement to allow clients to achieve their goals at a pace they determine. Her commitment is to assist clients to recognize... 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... Read more

Stephen Barker

M.A., RCC
Stephen is a registered clinical counsellor with the BCACC and has a Master’s in Counselling Psychology. He has been practicing family therapy for 20 years, both in the non-profit sector and as a private... 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

Ayesha Sackey

M.S.W., RSW
Does your mind consistently race? Do you feel unsafe or wish you had more confidence? Do you feel like you simply can’t control what’s going around you? Do you feel like you must keep busy all the time for... 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

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

Jay Brotherton

M.A., CCC
"We all can feel stuck or out of balance from time to time.  When we are suffering or want to work towards change in our lives, it takes courage to share what’s on our minds and in our hearts –... Read more

Megan Sutherland

M.S.W., RCSW
Warm, accepting, inclusive and practical best describes my personal therapeutic style. I also place a high value on careful listening, empathy, professional ethics and accountability.  I believe that all people... Read more

Nicklas Ehrlich

M.S.W., RCC
Have you felt frustrated or stuck? Have you struggled to follow through on goals you've committed to? Have you experienced frustration when your actions haven't matched your best intentions? These are very... Read more

Rochelle Chapman

M.A., RCC
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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

Jyoti Gill

M.A., RCC
I believe that we ALL have the power to heal ourselves. This means that this power resides in YOU too. If that’s hard to believe, I hope that you will grant yourself the opportunity to discover it. In our work... Read more

Nina Hopmeier

M.Couns., RCC
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Have you been feeling overwhelmed lately by your emotions and life’s demands? Do you sometimes feel like you have exhausted your coping resources and are stuck with where you are? It’s so easy to let these... Read more

Kim Watt

M.A., RCC
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** I'm open for business to all new and existing clients, and am currently offering both video and phone sessions instead of in-person appointments. Free 15-minute consultations are also available. Please reach out... Read more

Mandy Thiessen

M.Ed., RCC
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Hi! My name is Mandy and I’m a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#16462) with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from UBC. I am currently welcoming new clients. I bring to counselling a warm... Read more

Lee Cassels

M.A., CCC
Lee Cassels is a Canadian Certified Counsellor who sees clients in her office which located in the Port Moody area.    Often people find themselves drawn to counselling sites when they have reached a... Read more

Ray Freed

M.S.W., RSW
Ray Freed is a registered counsellor who sees clients at his two Vancouver offices:  16th and Dunbar, and Howe and Helmcken.Ray has over thirty years experience counselling in the areas of social work, mental... 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... Read more

Cameron Gibson

M.A., RCC
Cameron is the Program Director for Manifest Wellness a men's mental health clinic. Through his counselling work at Manifest he aims to destigmatize mental health support for men, and increasing access to... 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

Britta Regan West

M.A., RCC
Therapy provides relief. And there are no challenges too tough to be helped.  Britta West provides you and your loved ones with exceptional care in a compassionate and friendly atmosphere. With... Read more

Tiffany Brown

M.A., CCC
  Tiffany Brown, MA, CCC provides confidential, professional, client-centered counselling services at her practice Inspiring Pathways Counselling in Burnaby, BC. Tiffany combines her natural warmth... Read more

Adrienne Foster

M.S.W., RSW
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ABOUT **Currently seeing clients over the phone or via video counselling. I believe healing is a collaborative venture; you can expect to find in me a therapist that is compassionate, non-judgmental and... Read more

Nancy B Matechuk

M.C., RCC
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Nancy B. Matechuk , MC, RCC Registered Clinical Counsellor Nancy has over 20 years of experience as counsellor, mediator with a broad range of specialized training supporting... Read more

Kelly Archer

M.A., RCC
Kelly is a young and energetic therapist who has a strong passion for working with children and youth. Kelly has worked extensively in clinical, outreach, government and school settings as a therapist for children and... Read more

Heather Rattai

M.C., RCC
On-line video and telephone counselling sessions currently available. Hi, my name is Heather Rattai and I’m a Registered Clinical Counsellor who has specializes in: Issues with food, eating or body image... Read more

Jaminie Hilton

M.A., RCC
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I am available for telephone appointments as well as in office. My approach is compassionate with individuals - adults and adolescents; couples; and parent-child communication, including parenting after separation... Read more

Mark Ring

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology. With over fifteen years of experience and a commitment to ongoing education/training I can help you.  Whether you need a... Read more