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.

Kelly Kuppers

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
Kelly Kuppers, Registered Clinical Counsellor, Online and In-Person Counselling Vancouver, BC Kelly is an experienced clinical counsellor who feels most alive when she sees people growing more into themselves. She... Read more

Jordan Penner

M.A., RCC
Jordan has been helping people access their strengths and overcome challenges for the past 15 yearsl; with a focus on building skills that create lasting solutions.  True change comes from... Read more

Sebastian Di Cesare

Ph.D., RCC
    • Online booking
Welcome and thank you for taking the time to check out my profile. If I had to use one word to describe my approach to counselling, it would have to be - practical. I always listen intently and will keep your presenting... Read more

Donna Vidas

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
Please note: I am unable to accept new clients at this time Some issues I regularly work with in therapy include: Overcoming recent or life-long patterns that may be interfering with your enjoyment of life... 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

Lisa Voth

MC, RCC
    • Online booking
Three common things I hear: you have some understanding of why something happens intellectually but don't know why it feels so painful/ stuck/ confusing/ frustrating/ awful and how to change... Read more

Kelsey Grimm

M.Couns., RCC
At Healing Spaces, it's all about you! We are glad you have decided to invest in your own health and wellbeing. We know this can be a big decision and we are truly honoured to support you in your counselling... Read more

Elizabeth Koch

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
I work with people seeking clarity, calm and confidence in themselves, and their connections with other people. If you're struggling to find peace in your life, you may feel chronically unwell, and disconnected from... Read more

Ian Bond

M.A., RCC
As a professional counsellor and therapist, Ian works together with clients to help them explore relationships, thoughts, feelings, or behaviours, which trouble them and cause difficulty and suffering in their life.... Read more

Alia Mai

M.S.W., RCC
    • Online booking
I am a Registered Clinical Counselor (RCC) with 10 years of experience in working with anxiety, depression, addictions, relationship struggles, family and social issues regarding race, culture, religion and... Read more

Lillian Kelly

M.A., RCC
I see clients online. from anywhere Frustrated? Unhappy with your relationship? Are you repeating painful patterns in your relationship, and in your life? I can help you create the changes that you long for! You... Read more

Jennifer Scott

M.A., RCC
    • Article(s) on profile
Please note that during this surreal time of COVID-19 I am now offering virtual counselling by phone or video as well as in-person counselling starting June 5th, 2020. Many clients have found virtual counselling just as... 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

Kathryn Pybus

MCP:AT, RCC
    • Online booking
A Registered Clinical Counsellor (#14856) and Professional Canadian Art Therapist, I bring expertise, passion, and skill to my practice with clients of diverse cultures and experiences. I practice from a place of... Read more

Claire Weiss

M.A., RCC
As a therapist, I offer you a professional relationship that is deeply accepting and non-judgemental, but also objective and truthful. The issues that bring you to therapy likely started in the context of relationship,... Read more

Erica Beauchamp

M.Ed., RCC
    • Online booking
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

Sara Klinkhamer

M.A., RCC
Sara has a background of working on the downtown eastside in Vancouver for more than 10 years, which has given her much experience working with addiction and mental health issues, particularly trauma issues. Sara has... 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

Anne Sinclair

MCP, RCC
    • Online booking
Hello and welcome!  I provide a warm and supportive environment to help clients get through the difficulties in life including managing stress, relationships, depression, addictions & anxiety. My goal is to... Read more

John Charlton

MPS, RCC
    • Online booking
John is proud to be part of Manifest Wellness, B.C.'s only mental health clinic focused on men. Your message will forward to the confidential inbox of the Manifest Wellness Client Coordinator who will help you... Read more

Brenna King

M.A., RCC
Brenna King has a Masters degree and is a registered member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.  She offers her private practice in North Vancouver  (Lonsdale and 20th).  She... Read more

Chris Nicol

M.A., RCC
I’m a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Talk Therapist with over 12 years of lived experience in addiction, over 20 years of professional experience, and I offer telephone-based and online individual therapy... Read more

Debra Seeley

M.S.W., RCC
I am currently offering remote video or phone services, meaning we can connect via secure video call or by phone for our sessions. I am proud to serve you anywhere in BC virtually Hello! I’m Debbie ... Read more

Lisa Moore

M.A., RCC
Lisa Moore, ma MA Counselling Psychology, RCC, CCC Clinical Counsellor (RCC) & Certified Play Therapy Supervisor Languages: English & French It’s my goal to help people heal and grow through... Read more

Sue Diamond

M.A., RCC
Sue Diamond, 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

Angela Pattria

MCP, RCC
    • Online booking
Hello! My name is Angela Pattria and I'm a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BCACC with a Master's of Art's in Counselling Psychology. Presently, I joined the counselling team at Skylark Counselling... Read more

Lisa Yeates

M.Ed., RCC
    • Online booking
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

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

Andrew Herfst

M.A., RCC
*I provide an Online / Telephone counselling option* I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian... Read more

Carly Degenstein

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
Welcome! I commend you if you are here - it takes courage and strength to seek out therapy. I'm Carly - a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical... Read more