Alcohol, Drug & Addictions Counselling

Drug, Alcohol & Other Addictions Counselling

People can be addicted to all sorts of behaviours. Some addictions can be socially acceptable, such as addiction to work, and physical exercise, perhaps chocolate, while other addictions are not, such as binge drinking, gambling, alcoholism, use of crack cocaine heroine and other drug.

One important question to ask yourself is whether your addiction is adversely affecting your life, and  or the life of those who are close to you, your partner, children friends or relatives. If the answer is yes then are you willing to do something about it ?

Regardless of what you are addicted to, there are certain common threads that characterise the addiction cycle that people experience.

See if you can spot these in your own life.

  • The addictive impulse starts off fairly weak, but begins to get  stronger as time goes by
  • The more you try and resist, or suppress the addictive impulse, the stronger it gets until it then becomes overwhelming
  • At the point it is overwhelming, you feel as if the addiction is in charge of you, rather than you being in charge.
  • Once you give in to the addictive impulse the tension goes.
  • You probably beat yourself up for giving in to it, and vow not to give in to it again.
  • The cycle continues with the addictive impulses reoccurring, and you go through the cycle again.

Counselling can be one way for you to help break the addictive cycle. If you have an addiction that you want to tackle, or are living with a person who has such an addiction, then you may wish to seek counselling from a drugs / addictions counsellor.

I  offer addictions counselling in my private practise, and have experience of drugs counselling for a local agency. I am also a supervisor  at a local drugs project.

I have counselled people who want to stop their binge drinking habit, who experience alcohol addiction, crack cocaine, and also a person who wanted to stop their addiction to pornography.

I can advise you on how to access free Alcohol and / or drugs counselling and Detox through the NHS, as well as the private counselling that I offer.

Please see the Alcohol and Drugs links on this web  site, and also my article on Drugs counselling.

Government recommendations on alcohol use

The NHS recommends that you should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units per day (women) or 3-4 units per day (men). If you exceed these levels then you are likely to cause health issues. Also you can not ‘save up’ the units and use them in one session. This can be detrimental to you health. Detox and other treatments may be available from your NHS doctor, and if in doubt always consult your GP.