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.

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

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

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

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

David Arnell

M.Sc., RMFT
My areas of interest are:Family ConflictDepressionAnxietyFamily issues with addictionRomance repair/Marriage managementDivorce avoidance or mitigationChild/ Youth supportThe recognition of aboriginal wisdomI believe in... Read more

Joyce Barwis

, RCC
  Joyce Barwis is a Masters Level Registered Clinical Counsellor providing the support you need to make significant, fundamental, and lasting change in your life. With over 35 years of practice behind her, Joyce... Read more

Shannon Simms

M.A., CCC
  For over 12 years I have been working with people struggling with various challenges, including stress, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationships, and life transitions.  During challenging times... 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

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

Peter Silin

M.S.W., RSW
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I  have been bringing  warmth and compassion to my counselling with individuals and couples since 1980.  I believe the key to effective therapy begins with  building safe relationships where  my... Read more

Scott Harrison

M.A., RCC
Scott is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Scott weaves the science and art of clinical counselling into therapeutic conversations that focus on solutions and strengths... 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

Jeri-Lyn Munro

M.A., RCC
I have worked in many different mental health settings for the past 20 years including CMHA Vancouver Burnaby Branch,  Fraserside in New Westminster, Vancouver Coast Health and Fraser Health. My practice is often... Read more

Kristine Nordahl

M.A., RCC
Kristine Nordahl is a Registered Clinical Counsellor seeing clients in the Langley area. Kristine works with adults and youth who are struggling with anxiety, stress, grief, addictions, and relationship conflict to... 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 sports... Read more

Maija McLean

M.Couns., CCC
I am a Counselor, Yoga Teacher and mother of two young girls in Vancouver, BC. Are you suffering from depression, anxiety, constant hyper-vigilance, self-judgement, doubt, difficulty building and sustaining healthy... Read more

Jeannine Davies

Ph.D., RCC
I work with individuals, couples and families, to heal from the personal and interpersonal obstacles that are preventing you from actualizing your unique potentials and experiencing a fulfilling, dynamic life. My... 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

Noni Retfalvi

M.Ed., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with over ten years of experience providing therapy to individuals in the Greater Vancouver area. Change is difficult, and sometimes painful.  The moment we ... Read more

Zoe Younger

MC, RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor who sees individuals and couples for therapy in downtown Vancouver, including VPD Crime Victims Assistance Program (CVAP) clients.  I  work with... Read more

Sheran Selluski

M.A., RCC
Sheran Selluski has her Masters in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. She has offices in Maple Ridge and Mission. Sheran has trained in... 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
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

Alisen Santa Ana

M.A., RCC
Welcome and thank you for visiting my page. It takes great courage to reach out for support. You may be seeking support around a new issue or one you’ve carried for some time. Counsellng is meaningful... Read more

Elsie De Vita

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Elsie DeVita is a psychotherapist, registered with the B.C. College of Psychologists. She is also a member of the B.C. Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association. Elsie has worked in... Read more

Jim Browning

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Browning has been a registered psychologist in the Vancouver area since 1980. He has worked extensively in the areas of mental health, family violence, addictions, men's issues and employee assistance. Dr. Browning... Read more

Andrew Herfst

M.A., RCC
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I hold a Master of Arts... Read more

Roma Palmer

M.A., RCC
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Choosing a counsellor is a very personal decision.  Below please find some information to help you make the choice that is right for you. What is my philosophy of counselling and how can I help you? I believe... Read more

Becca Smith

M.S.W., RSW
Counselling is a deeply personal experience. A therapy relationship is one that is built on trust and trust is built over time as we gain knowledge and experience of another person. I have 15 years counselling... 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 over a decade and in the field of social services for longer than 20 years... Read more