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.

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

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

Martine Charles

Ph.D., RCC
I have over 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

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

Eva Helpard

Ph.D., RCSW
We all encounter challenges and difficulties that at times frustrate and overwhelm us. They may prevent us from living our lives the way we truly want. But these struggles also present us with a Time for Change- an... Read more

Bhupie Dulay

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology. I am committed to creating a safe, inclusive, and respectful space. With creativity, flexibility, and intention we co-create... Read more

Heather Bach

M.A., CCC
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In response to COVID-19, we provide VIRTUAL COUNSELLING keeping you and the community safe. For over 20 years, Heather Bach of Bach Counselling Group brings clinical expertise to working with those who... Read more

Lara Ellison

M.S.W., RSW
Lara Ellison, MSW, RSW Lara Ellison MSW, RSW has been professionally involved in various mental health programming since 2006.  Starting her work at Peak House, a youth residential alcohol and drug treatment... Read more

Naomi Kolinsky

M.Ed., RCC
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Are you finding it hard to get past events that happened to you long ago? Do you find yourself turning to food, alcohol, drugs, or relationships to escape painful feelings and cope with your life? Do you find... Read more

Matthew Vlasic

M.Couns., RCC
Matt believes that clients are the experts in the counselling space. Using a non-judgmental, collaborative, and trauma-informed approach, Matt works closely with those struggling with mental health concerns like anxiety... 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

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

Lisa Moore

M.A., RCC
Transitions Counselling Centre's mission is to help people heal and grow through periods of transitions in their lives.  Many of us experience loss, grief, unhappiness or a sense of loss when we transition from... 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

Lisa Voth

MC, RCC
Three common things I hear: you have some understanding of why something is happening intellectually but can't figure out why it still feels so painful/ stuck/ limiting/ confusing/ annoying/ frustrating/ awful... 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

Kathryn Pybus

MCP:AT, RCC
***Update March 23, 2020: During the COVID-19 outbreak, I am meeting clients exclusively online (via Zoom Pro) or over the telephone. New clients are warmly welcome! A Registered Clinical Counsellor (#14856) and... 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

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

Judy Zhu

M.Ed., RCC
Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, addiction, or feeling stressed out? Are you also experiencing health issues such as digestion problems, poor sleep, pain and fatigue? I am a registered clinical... Read more

Raman Gill

M.A., RCC
My name is Raman Gill and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor who has an established private practice in Surrey. My approach is influenced by Narrative ideas. This approach helps to separate individuals/couples/... Read more

Eileen Peterson

M.S.W., RCSW
  NOTE: To provide support during COVID-19 precautions, all sessions are now virtual: video or by phone. Please call or email to book your appointment. Taking new clients. No matter how well we manage our... Read more

Colette Mrazek

M.Ed., RCC
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My counselling career began over 20 years ago and since then, I have worked in a variety of settings with many different populations, such as youth at risk, children who have been orphaned, young parents,... Read more

Andrew Herfst

M.A., RCC
*I am providing Online / Telephone counselling during the COVID-19 crisis* I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with... 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

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

Nancy B Matechuk

M.C., RCC
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

Tannis Hugill

M.A., RCC
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I am a Dance-movement and Drama Therapist, BC Clinical Counsellor and Spiritual Director with an MA in Somatic Psychology. I bring over twenty-five years of experience to my work with individuals, groups, adolescents... 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

Clara Morgan

M.S.W., RSW
Clara is therapist who provides a safe, non-judgmental, and queer-friendly space for her clients to share and explore their stories. She is compassionate and understanding, yet she is also honest; she will... Read more