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How To Stop Substance Abuse & Addiction Issues

What Is Substance Abuse & Addiction?: Addiction, or substance abuse, describes a state of being dependent on a behaviour, being unable to function without it, or experiencing distress, guilt or shame about engaging or not engaging in the behaviour.

Compulsive behaviours can become addictions, and people can become addicted to a wide variety of things, including alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, shopping and the internet.

Addiction can be very distressing as well as damaging to your social, professional and family life.  It is also extremely likely to be genetic. If you or someone in your family is experiencing substance and addiction issues, family therapy could help each member of your family get support, as well as benefit the family as a whole.

Left untreated, addiction and substance abuse issues may lead to extreme social, physical, emotional, relationship and job-related problems, not just the user, but to their friends, partners and family as it spirals out of control.

Many people who develop substance abuse or addiction problems will already have ongoing symptoms of depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or other behavioural disorders.

HQ Therapists & Counsellors Working With Substance Abuse & Addiction Issues

Working with a therapist who understands your specific area of addiction might be beneficial. The types of therapy that have proven useful in treating addiction and substance abuse include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT).

Below is a selection of our current therapists and counsellors who are fully trained to work with clients experiencing addiction and substance abuse issues using different types of therapy modalities and a wide range of techniques.

Choosing the right therapist is an important decision for you and it is important that you work with the right practitioner and that both feel comfortable working together.

Therapy Modalities That Deal With Substance Abuse & Addiction

What to expect from therapy for substance abuse & addiction issues: Many people experiencing substance abuse and addiction problems can also benefit from group therapy, support groups and 12-step programs. Alongside this, Individual therapy, particularly some psychotherapy modalities, could help you to explore the underlying causes of your addiction, which might include trauma, stress, or past abuse.

We want you to feel able to discuss any questions or worries with your therapist. This is important in order for you to progress your therapy. If you feel like you still need some more help in your decision then get in touch with us using the form at the bottom of this page (‘Can I Contact You For Advice About Therapy?’) and someone will guide you through the process.

These are some of the additional therapy issues we deal with that are closely related to addiction and substance abuse symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Seek Therapy For Substance Abuse & Addiction?

Many people, new to this type of help, believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems”, or be in crisis in order for therapy and counselling to be appropriate for them. This is a common misconception; anyone can benefit from therapy when it comes to helping you deal with your personal feelings and problems, make positive changes in your life, and understand yourself better.

So what is therapy and counselling? If you’re new to this world then the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult. Therapy can be a very effective treatment for a whole range of personal problems covering areas from physical and emotional problems, different types of behavioural disorders, through to human sexuality issues and a host of wellbeing and complementary therapy techniques.

Any problem you have that is causing you concern, anxiety or distress is a valid and appropriate reason to reach out and find a therapist and talk to them about it. Far from something to be ashamed of, acknowledging your vulnerability and asking for help is a sign of maturity and strength.

If you feel that you have a desire and are committed to making changes in your life in order to overcome your current problems and achieve more long-term satisfaction, psychological wellbeing and personal fulfilment, then you are ready to seek therapy. We are here to help you work through a wide range of therapy issues that might be troubling you.

Will Information About Me Be Safe & Secure?

It is quite normal to be hesitant when it comes to sharing private and intimate information about yourself with a stranger. You may fear that you will receive judgment from your therapist, or that your therapist will share your details with others.

HQ Therapy Rooms takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Our therapists are required to keep everything said in therapy sessions between you, just like your doctor is required to keep your records private.

For therapy to be effective, there must be unconditional trust built between you and your therapist, and this relies on a shared understanding of confidentiality. It applies to the outside world as well: it is standard practice for therapists not to acknowledge their clients if they run into them outside of the therapy rooms in order to help protect their client’s confidentiality. Read our full privacy policy for more information.

Can I Contact You For Advice About Getting Therapy?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive therapist can often make you feel better and help you face your problems. It feels good to be listened to and to know that someone cares about you and wants to help. It is important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can build a trusting relationship to help you make positive changes in your life.

But how do you know what type of therapy is right for you? Taking the first steps in finding the right therapist can be the biggest hurdle for newcomers, so we have made it easy. Simply fill out the form below in confidence, and one of our fully qualified referral therapists can work with you to make sure you connect with the right practitioner and receive the correct therapy and counselling services you require.

Our practitioners deal with a wide range of therapy issues using different types of therapy modalities tailored for the types of clients we work with. We also cater for people who are beset with financial difficulties, offering them services ranging from low-cost therapy and reduced rate therapy, to working with seasoned, qualified and accredited talking therapists.