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.

Dawna Silver

M.A., RCC
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Janine Tredwell

M.A., RCC

Tara Chotem

M.A., RCC

Lee Kotsalis-Thulin

M.A., RCC
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Rob Roy

Ph.D., R.Psych

Noele Bird

M.A., RCC

Mark Holland

M.A., RCC
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Tannis Hugill

M.A., RCC
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David Ravvin

M.A., RCC

Alisen Santa Ana

M.A., RCC

Lyne Piche

Ph.D., R.Psych
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Janice Bell

M.S.W., RCC

Maija McLean

M.Couns., CCC

Joelle Lazar

M.Couns., RCC
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Matty Devenish

M.S.W., RSW

Diana Kollar

M.A., RCC
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Ross Laird

Ph.D., RCC

Megan Sutherland

M.S.W., RCSW

Crystal Arber

M.S.W., RCC

Ron Prasad

M.A., RCC

Ryan Leiderman

M.A., CCC

Daphne McDonald

M.A., RCC

Erin Wallden

Ph.D., R.Psych
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Tammy MacLeod

M.A., RCC

Brenna King

M.A., RCC

Zoe Younger

MC, RCC

Richard Somerset

M.A., RCC

Kathleen Beaton

M.Couns., RCC

Raman Gill

M.A., RCC

Joanna Simundic RCC RCSW

M.S.W., RCSW
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Nancy Matechuk

M.C., RCC

Donna Steadman

M.A., RCC
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Jaminie Hilton

M.A., RCC
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Becca Smith

M.S.W., RSW

Dennis Dion

M.A., RCC

Alex Kwee

Psy.D., R.Psych

Anne Erlebach

Ph.D., CCC

Sean Heales

M.Couns., RCC

Deborah English

M.A., RCC

Ron Depner

M.Couns., RCC

Diana Romer

M.Ed., RCC
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Gina Vanderham

MFT, RMFT
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Heather Kempton

M.A., RCC

John Parker

M.A., RCC

Jan McNeill

M.A., RCC

Jeannine Davies

Ph.D., RCC

Angeline Vaughan

M.A., RCC

Noni Retfalvi

M.Ed., RCC

Elaine Stoll

B.A., RCC

Anil Baines

M.A., RCC

Heather Bach

M.A., CCC
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Manuel Salgado

M.A., RCC

Lillian Kelly

M.A., RCC

John Wagner

Ph.D., R.Psych

Jim Browning

Ph.D., R.Psych

Brooke Lewis

Psy.D., RCC

Roma Palmer

M.A., RCC
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Mark Ring

M.A., RCC

Robbie-Roberta Chesick

M.Couns., RCC

Jeri-Lyn Munro

M.A., RCC

Corrina Arnold

M.C., RCC

Shelley Foster

M.A., RCC

Doug Elliott

M.A., RCC

Lee Lourdeaux

Ph.D., RCSW

Ginnie Cramer

MC, RCC

Gabriela McGreal

B.S.W., RSW

Daphne Georghiou

MFT, RCC

Eileen Peterson

M.S.W., RCSW

Donna Vidas

M.A., RCC

Sharon Southey

M.A., RCC

Claire Weiss

M.A., RCC

Martine Charles

Ph.D., RCC

Peter Silin

M.S.W., RSW
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Andrew Herfst

M.A., RCC

Mary Lang

M.A., RCC

Melanie Huck

M.A., RCC

Scott Harrison

M.A., RCC

Shannon Simms

M.A., CCC

Ofir Vaisman

M.A., RCC
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Sandy Miller

M.Couns., RCC

Eva Helpard

Ph.D., RCSW

Janette Sperber

M.Sc., RCC

Rochelle Chapman

M.A., RCC
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Ray Freed

M.S.W., RSW

Marilyn Chotem

Ed.D., R.Psych

Mary Longworth

M.Sc., RCC

Elsie De Vita

Ph.D., R.Psych

Naomi Kolinsky

M.Ed., RCC
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Kelly Archer

M.A., RCC

David Arnell

M.Sc., RMFT

Kara Warren

M.A., RCC

Stephen Barker

M.A., RCC

Craig Norris

Ph.D. (cand), R.C.S.W.

Joyce Barwis

, RCC

Deborrah Dunne

Ph.D., RCC

Andrew Stone

M.A., RCC

Tami Amit

M.A., RCC
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Tiffany Brown

M.A., CCC
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Jennifer Jantzen

M.S.W., RCC

Carolyn Hufsmith

M.A., RCC

Suzana Dujmic

M.C., RCC
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Demill Keevil

MCP:AT, RCC

Richard Nevin

M.Ed., RCC
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Lei Chen

M.A., RCC

Lisa Voth

MC, RCC

Sara Kammerzell

M.Ed., RCC

Colette Mrazek

M.Ed., RCC
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John Taylor

M.A., RCC

Yana Petronis

M.A., CCC

Jonah Starr

M.S.W., RSW

Paul Bains

M.A., RCC

Kim Watt

M.A., RCC

Sue Diamond Potts

M.A., RCC

Lara Ellison

M.S.W., RSW

Sheran Selluski

M.A., RCC

Patricia Crowe

M.A., RCC

Maureen Lee

MC, RCC

Joy Schellenberg

M.A., RCC

Lisa Moore

M.A., CCC

Al Zwiers

M.S.W., RSW

Valerie MacNeil

M.Ed., RCC

Bhupie Dulay

M.A., RCC