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.

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

Jan McNeill

M.A., RCC
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

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

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

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

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

Yana Petronis

M.A., CCC
I approach therapy as a creative and collaborative process that involves the whole being of both the therapist and client. In order to lead fulfilling, joyful lives, humans need access to the intelligence available... 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

Paul Brennan

M.C., R.Psych
Do you struggle with worry, sadness, or difficulty managing your thoughts or feelings? Are you frustrated by doing the same things over and over? Are you ready to make a change? Or perhaps you find that your mind... Read more

Mark vanVliet

M.Div., RCC
I work with clients struggling with pornography and sex addiction. I drawn upon my training as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and my experience as an addictions counsellor at a premier addictions treatment clinic... 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

John Wagner

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Wagner is a registered psychologist in British Columbia and Director of the DBT Centre of Vancouver. Dr. Wagner assists adolescent and adult client's struggling with a variety of problems including depression,... 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

Donna Vidas

M.A., RCC
Some issues I regularly work with in therapy include: Overcoming recent or life-long patterns that may be interfering with your enjoyment of life depression and mood challenges anxiety and worry grief (loss... 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

John Taylor

M.A., RCC
Relationships make the world go round; they can also make your world miserable when things aren't working. I am a trained marital therapist with the skills and passion to help you improve your... Read more

Marcia Moitoso

MC, RCC
I have specialized training in working with people who have been affected by trauma, addictions, anxiety, sexual concerns, and relationship issues. Many of my clients come in with a combination of concerns or a vague... Read more

Eileen Peterson

M.S.W., RCSW
No matter how well we manage our lives, sometimes--out of nowhere--we realize something isn't working. It might be a single issue, or a long-term situation that can leave us feeling like we've hit a wall. ... 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

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

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

Lillian Kelly

M.A., RCC
I see clients in So. Surrey, B.C.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 can create... 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

Brooke Lewis

Psy.D., RCC
Brooke is a Registered Clinical Counsellor working out of two locations: one a private practice in Coquitlam and one within a wellness clinic within Fitness2000 (a locally owned gym facility).  Brooke received her... Read more

Sharon Southey

M.A., RCC
Sharon Southey is a skilled professional with a nursing background, who has been counselling since 1992. She is careful about her private practice and likes to work with individuals who are teenage or adult, families of... 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
My name is Constance and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor and a Canadian Certified Counsellor. I hold a MA in Counselling Psychology from Adler University, and a BA in Psychology from the University of... 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

Marilyn Chotem

Ed.D., R.Psych
Dr. Chotem is a Registered Psychologist who sees clients in her West Vancouver office. Her major areas of practice are eating disorders, addictions, attachment and relationship issues, child and family issues, as well... Read more

Heather Kempton

M.A., RCC
Heather Kempton is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and holds a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology. Heather is the co-founder of Optimal Life Therapy... Read more