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.

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

Ginnie Cramer

MC, RCC
Ginnie Cramer is a BCACC Registered Clinical Counseller with a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology from City University of Seattle. Ginnie values each client as an individual and acknowledges his or her unique... 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

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

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

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

Maureen Lee

MC, RCC
Maureen Lee is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who sees clients in North Vancouver. She practices a client-centred approach to therapy which means you, the client, decide the outcome, goals and direction of the... Read more

Ross Laird

Ph.D., RCC
Please note: Ross Laird does not provide individual counselling. He only works with organizations and groups.  Ross A. Laird, PhD is a best-selling author and award-winning scholar. He is a teacher of... 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

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

Colette Mrazek

M.Ed., RCC
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My counselling career began 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, GLBTQ,... 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

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 37 years of experience as a Psychotherapist... Read more

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

Dawna Silver

M.A., RCC
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Hello, and thank you for taking the time to read my profile. If you are like many people who seek therapy, you are struggling. Maybe you are in a time of crisis in your life. Something has happened out of the blue... 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

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

Robert Phillips

MC, RCC
I strongly believe that human beings already have the necessary tools and resources to tackle what life presents, and it is only in the absence of a therapeutic relationship that these resources are kept from awareness... Read more

Mark Holland

M.A., RCC
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Mark Holland, M.A. Registered Clinical Counsellor Mark Holland is a Vancouver-based Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). He received his Masters in Counselling Psychology and has more than 15 years... Read more

Brenna King

M.A., RCC
Brenna King has an MA and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor. She has worked for many years in agency settings as well as in private practice, in the fields of addictions and trauma recovery. In addition to these areas... Read more

Corrina Arnold

M.C., RCC
Corrina believes that healing growth and change happen in the context of relationship. Therefore, choosing the right counselor to guide you through your personal work is a critical aspect of the therapeutic process.... Read more

Angeline Vaughan

M.A., RCC
Angeline is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#10058) and a member in good standing with the British Columbia Association of Clinical counsellors (BCACC). Angeline holds a Masters of Arts degree in Counselling... 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

Kim Watt

M.A., RCC
How are you? Are things going as well as you'd like them to? If not, maybe I can help. I understand how challenging day-to-day life can be, and have the skills and experience to help you manage your mood, your... 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

Demill Keevil

MCP:AT, RCC
I opened Oasis Creative Counselling with the goal of offering people a safe and welcoming environment where they can work toward the change they desire. I offer counselling and art therapy services for teens,... 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

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

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 almost two decades and in the field of social services for longer than 30... Read more

Doug Elliott

M.A., RCC
What I do: rethink is a professional counselling service run by Doug Elliott, with offices in Vancouver's West End and on Bowen Island.  I hold a Masters Degree in counselling psychology and have extensive... Read more