Addiction Counselling & Therapy

Discover how our specialist addiction counsellors can help you to get your addiction under control with addiction counselling.

Are you struggling with addiction?

No matter how hard you try when you start drinking or using drugs it gets out of control because you have lost the off switch. After each time the guilt and shame build and the whole you are in gets a bit deeper.

Now, with the trust hanging on by a thread your loved ones are pressuring you to get professional help.

But, what if you could shift the direction of your life so you don’t lose everything?

What if you could BREAK FREE from the self-destructive cycle of addiction?

What if you could stop craving, understand why, be in control and earn back your loved one's trust?

Even if your life is on a knife's edge and have stretched your relationship to breaking point.

Our addiction counselling will give you a step-by-step proven process and practical tools to get your life back on track. You will be supported by specialist counsellors who are in recovery themselves and have overcome the same challenges you are struggling with right now.

Book a free 30-minute phone consultation today so we can assess your situation together and discuss how addiction counselling can help you.

FREE 1:1 Phone Consultation

(worth £75)

  • ​30-minute phone consultation call with the lead counsellor Luke Worsfold
  • ​Availability Mon-Sat 7 AM to 9 PM
  • ​​We help clients nationally across the UK​
  • ​​Confidential and non-judgmental
  • ​​No obligation or hard sell!

If You Choose To Work With Us

  • ​Sign up and book your first session
  • ​Receive FAST treatment
  • ​No waiting list (but spaces are limited)
  • ​Money-back guarantee

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What is addiction counselling

Addiction counselling is a specializes field of therapy aimed at helping individuals recognize, confront, and recover from substance abuse or addictive behaviour. It offers a safe environment where clients can delve into the underlying causes of their addiction, from emotional traumas and potential triggers to relationship issues and environmental factors.

At its core, addiction counselling is a holistic approach that goes beyond mere abstinence. It seeks to empower clients with the tools, strategies, and insights they need to lead a life free from the grips of addiction. Whether the addiction involves drugs, alcohol, gambling, or other behaviours, private addiction counselling provides a safe space for exploration, growth, and ultimately, transformation. The two main types of addiction counselling are alcohol counselling and drug counselling

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Understanding Addictive Substances and Behavioural Addictions

Addiction, at its core, is a complex condition characterized by excessive and often harmful patterns of substance use or behaviours that an individual finds difficult to control, despite the adverse consequences. It's an intricate interplay of physiological, psychological, and environmental factors.

Substance Addictions, such as those to alcohol, drugs, or nicotine, are typically marked by a growing dependence on the substance, leading to increased tolerance. This means an individual requires more of the substance over time to achieve the same effects. Withdrawal symptoms emerge if the substance use is reduced or halted, further fuelling the cycle of dependency.

Behavioural Addictions, on the other hand, pertain to compulsions to engage in a particular activity or behaviour, even if it begins to harm the individual or others. Examples include gambling, shopping, eating, or even certain forms of internet use. Though they don't involve the consumption of any substances, the psychological patterns and the adverse impacts on one's life can be parallel to substance addictions.

The hallmark of any addiction or addictive behaviour is the compulsion to continue the activity, even in the face of detrimental consequences to one's health, relationships, or financial stability. Over time, these behaviours can affect the brain's reward systems, further entrenching the cycle of addiction.

It's essential to recognize that addiction isn't merely a matter of "willpower." It's a profound and often chronic condition that requires comprehensive treatment, understanding, and support for effective management and recovery.

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DECODE THE MYSTERY BEHIND YOUR DRINKING PROBLEM

  • ​​40 SIMPLE YES/NO QUESTIONS designed by an expert therapist
  • ​​PERSONALISED INSIGHTS revealing why you can't control your drinking
  • ​​INSTANT RESULTS DELIVERED via your personalised confidential (38 page) PDF assessment

Why is addiction counselling so effective in treating addiction?

  • Personalised Approach: Unlike some treatments that offer a one-size-fits-all solution, addiction counselling is tailored to the individual. Counsellors assess each person's relationship with addiction, the triggers leading to consumption, and the underlying emotional or psychological factors. This personalize understanding ensures the addiction treatment is adapted to individual needs, maximizing its effectiveness.
  • Safe and Non-judgmental Environment: Addiction counselling provides a safe space where individuals can open up about their struggles without fear of judgment. This atmosphere is crucial for genuine introspection and candid discussion about one's relationship with substance use disorder.
  • ​Addressing Underlying Issues: More than just tackling the act of drinking or using drugs, addiction counselling digs deep to uncover and address the root causes of the problem. Whether it's past trauma, stress, anxiety, or other mental health challenges, counselling addresses these core issues, ensuring a holistic treatment approach. This is fundamental to any effective addiction treatment program.
  • Skill Development: Counsellors equip individuals with coping strategies and skills to deal with cravings, peer pressure, and potential relapse triggers. This training empowers individuals to face real-world challenges post-treatment and overcome their mental health problems.
  • Support System: Addiction counselling often incorporates group therapy, where individuals can share experiences, provide mutual support, and build a community that understands their journey. This camaraderie can be instrumental in learning to stop drinking and sustaining long-term recovery.
  • Continuity of Care: While detoxification and rehab might be short-term solutions, private addiction counselling can be a continuous process. Regular sessions can be scheduled, allowing for sustained support as individuals navigate the complexities of recovery.
  • Holistic Wellness: Many private addiction counselling approaches, like CBT or Person Centered Therapy, are not just about abstaining from drugs or alcohol. These well-rounded counselling sessions promote overall well-being, teaching mindfulness, stress management, and emotional regulation.

During Your FREE 30-minute consultation we will

  • Assess Your Situation: Discuss your symptoms, triggers, and underlying mental health conditions with a trained therapist to identify what’s holding you back from getting your drinking under control.
  • Explore Your Options: Explore a range of our treatment options as well as AA, NHS, GP, and rehab to find the best path based on your unique needs. We believe that you should exercise your right to choose your own treatment method.
  • Learn About Us: Discover our unique approach combining 1:1 counselling sessions, a self-paced video programme, psychoanalysis of your worksheets and accountability phone calls.
  • ​Expert Guidance: Receive guidance on navigating the financial landscape of treatments – from seeing your GP for free to £20,000 rehabs to make the most of your financial resources.

If You Choose To Work With Us

  • ​Sign up and book your first session
  • ​Receive FAST treatment
  • ​No waiting list (but spaces are limited)
  • ​Money-back guarantee

FREE 1:1 Phone Consultation

(worth £75)

  • ​30-minute phone consultation call with the lead counsellor Luke Worsfold
  • ​Availability Mon-Sat 7 AM to 9 PM
  • ​​We help clients in Southend
  • ​​Confidential and non-judgmental
  • ​​No obligation or hard sell!

COMPLETE THE FORM BELOW

Benefits of Addiction Counselling

  • Get your drug addiction under control so you can stop using out of boredom or pure habit.
  • Redefine your love-hate relationship that addictive substance so you can stop making promises you keep breaking when happy hour rolls in.
  • Eliminate the constant shame and guilt so you can drink or use drugs less and realise it isn’t the Duct-Tape that you thought was holding life together.
  • Cut down to become more reliable for those you love and care about, so you can cultivate better relationships.
  • Become more comfortable in your own skin and finally love the person looking back at you in the mirror.
  • Stop having the same arguments and conversations which will save you time and heartache so you can focus on rebuilding meaningful connections.

Psychological addiction vs Physical addiction

While both rooted in the realm of addiction, psychological and physical addictions manifest differently. Physical addiction is characterized by the body's physiological reliance on a substance, leading to withdrawal symptoms when the substance is not consumed.

This dependency is often accompanied by increased tolerance, meaning greater amounts of the substance are required over time to achieve the same effect. In contrast, psychological addiction pertains to an emotional or mental dependence on a substance or behaviour.

It's driven by the desire to alleviate stress, escape reality, or achieve a mental "high." While there may be no evident physical withdrawal symptoms, the individual may experience intense cravings, anxiety, or emotional distress when unable to engage in the addictive behaviour. Both forms are intricate and challenging, highlighting the need for holistic approaches in addiction treatment.

What type of addiction therapy is best as an addiction treatment?

There are many types of addiction counselling services but addiction counselling incorporates various therapeutic techniques, each tailored to meet individual needs. From traditional methods like CBT to more integrative approaches, the objective remains consistent - to equip clients with the tools and strategies to overcome their trauma.

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a widely employed technique in addiction counselling. At its core, it focuses on identifying and rectifying negative thought patterns that contribute to substance abuse. By offering practical tools, addicts learn to confront and handle situations that would typically lead them towards heavy drinking, thus preventing relapse.

  • Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT)

DBT has its roots in CBT but introduces the concept of acceptance and change. DBT is especially effective for individuals with self-harming behaviours and is employed to regulate emotions, improve interpersonal effectiveness, and develop distress tolerance, all crucial skills for those battling your addiction problem.

  • ​Integrative Therapy

Integrative counselling, as the name suggests, merges various therapeutic tools and approaches to fit an individual's unique situation. Rather than adhering strictly to one methodology, counsellors using this approach are flexible, blending techniques from various disciplines to offer a more holistic addiction treatment plan.

  • Specialist Addiction Therapy

Often called addiction counselling, is designed by counsellors who specialize solely in addiction and the underlying trauma that companies it. This form of professional support is deeply rooted in understanding the intricate facets of addiction, leveraging this specialization to offer tailored strategies and interventions to those in sobriety. It is designed to create a safe space for the client to feel supported and be held accountable.

What is the best therapy for addiction?

Addiction specialist therapy as it an integrative stance, this approach combines the best of both worlds, offering both empathetic listening and actionable guidance. With its roots in real-life experiences with addiction, this method is both empathetic and effective.

REVIEWS

What our SOBER clients have to say

4.7 stars out of 30+ reviews

"He saved my relationship with my partner and my family"

I don’t know where to start…. Luke is amazing he saved my life he picked me up when I was rock bottom and has got me to where I am today completing the program and unchaining myself from my addiction. The tools I have learnt over the past 12 weeks have made me the person I am now, these tools I have learnt will stick with me through life and help me in day to day life. Luke made me realise that life is amazing, he saved my relationship with my partner and my family, he is so supportive and in every single attribute, his attention to detail in every session is amazing. Luke once again Thank you!

- JAMES

"Working with Luke has been genuinely life-changing for me"

Working with Luke has been genuinely life-changing for me. He has provided patient, actionable and supportive counsel during the darkest period of my entire life and within months has enabled me to take real action to make positive, habitual changes. Previous experiences with counselling had been negative, but working with Luke has been fundamentally different and more helpful to me. I believe that Luke's experiences, alongside his qualifications, make him a truly exceptional counsellor and I would recommend his support to anybody who felt they needed it.

- ROB

"As scared as I was to start the program, I instantly felt a connection as Luke is such a genuine bloke."

I cannot thank Luke enough for the help and guidance he has given me. As scared as I was to start the program, I instantly felt a connection as Luke is such a genuine bloke. I felt it very easy to be open and honest from the get go. Not once did I feel like I was being judged, which I think was most of my fears in the beginning. Most therapists I searched appear to have text book experiences, but Luke's been there and done it all which meant we could laugh about some of the stories we both had. Thoroughly recommend Luke, top bloke and very good at his job. Thank you so much!

- STUART

What to look for in a drug counsellor

  • Shared Experiences: it can be immensely beneficial to opt for someone who has personally grappled with similar challenges, such as substance abuse. A recovering addict, as a counsellor, can offer unique insights and understanding, having travelled a similar path.
  • Adequate Personal Therapy: It's essential to ensure your chosen counsellor isn't just trained academically but has also undergone extensive addiction therapy themselves. This guarantees that they truly understand the intricacies of addiction from both a professional and personal perspective, ensuring they've dealt with their own issues and "walked a mile in your shoes."
  • Specialisation and Experience: When diving into the counsellor's professional background, make sure their specialization matches your needs. It's crucial to ascertain that a significant part of their caseload pertains to addiction, indicating their daily engagement with such clients.

Our counsellors and therapists

We pride ourselves on our team of addiction counsellors who tick all the above boxes. Not only do they bring their professional expertise to the table, but they also provide genuine empathy and understanding, stemming from their personal experiences. This is further backed up by their extensive training and qualifications as well as their high standards guided by the ethical framework laid out by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Differences between Addiction Counselling and Addiction Therapy

Addiction Counselling

  • Definition: A therapeutic method designed to support individuals in recognizing, understanding, and confronting their addictive behaviours and dependencies.
  • Primary Focus: Addressing the psychological, emotional, and behavioural aspects of addiction, be it to substances like drugs or alcohol or behavioural addictions such as gambling.
  • Professionals Involved: Addiction counsellors, therapists, social workers, and sometimes peer recovery coaches.
  • Methods Used: Individual and group talk therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, family therapy, and 12-step facilitation.
  • Duration: Sessions can be short-term, focusing on immediate concerns, or long-term, delving deeper into underlying issues and sustained recovery management.
  • Goal: To unearth the root causes of the addiction, establish coping mechanisms, promote personal growth, and guide emotional healing.
  • Place in Treatment Plan: Can be a standalone method or combined with other therapeutic approaches, like medical treatments or holistic therapies, for a comprehensive recovery strategy.

Addiction Therapy

  • Definition: A broader approach encompassing various clinical strategies, including pharmacological interventions, to manage addiction and its associated complications.
  • Primary Focus: Addressing the physiological implications of addiction, such as withdrawal symptoms, co-occurring mental health disorders, and post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS).
  • Professionals Involved: Psychiatrists, medical doctors, nurses, clinical psychologists, and sometimes clinical social workers.
  • ​Methods Used: Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), detoxification protocols, dual-diagnosis treatment, and coexisting counselling or behavioural therapy sessions.
  • Duration: Variable. Some therapies, especially detox, might be brief but crucial, whereas others, like managing co-occurring disorders, may require long-term commitment.
  • Goal: To alleviate physical symptoms of addiction, reduce cravings, manage co-occurring mental health conditions, and ensure physiological stability.
  • Place in Treatment Plan: Generally integrated with addiction counselling to ensure a comprehensive, well-rounded treatment approach, addressing both the body and the mind.

REVIEWS

What our SOBER clients have to say

4.7 stars out of 30+ reviews

"I am so glad I found the counselling course!"

Thank you to Luke for keeping me on track while on the programme. Speaking to him for an hour each week was a huge help, and the modules (videos and worksheets) alongside the calls were perfect. I am so glad I found the counselling course! Thank you again.

- Cara Codey

"It's a fantastic programme"

Luke and team really helped me understand how my drinking was entwined and linked with past experiences (including my early years) in life. This helped me understand more about my triggers and what has kept me in the endless loop. The approach is broad and the various tools I now have in my tool box feel like a good base going forward. It's a fantastic programme and combined with the one on one counselling has helped me get to where I am now. A very big thank you to Luke and team!

- Grant

"It's the best thing that could have happened at the difficult time in my life."

After many failed attempts at getting clean, I was pointed in the direction of Luke by my partner. It's the best thing that could have happened at the difficult time in my life. He gave me the skills to get my life back on track, a better understanding of why I was doing it and helped me to rebuild the trust I'd lost. Thanks Luke

- Mark

This article was written by our lead addiction therapist Luke Worsfold who carries a legacy of battling personal addiction and overcoming the challenges of growing up with an addict mother. With 7 years in recovery and therapy, coupled with 3000+ hours of counselling others, Luke's journey and professional experience offer a unique and credible perspective.

Local Addiction service and support groups

For further information please see the treatment options below and get the support and advice you need.

  • Talk to Frank - is a national drug education service aimed at providing honest information about drugs and drug misuse. The service offers advice, information, and support to individuals concerned about drugs, helping them make informed decisions and find appropriate resources or treatment.
  • Drinkaware: is a UK-based independent charity that promotes responsible drinking. It aims to reduce alcohol-related harm by providing people with accurate information about alcohol and its effects. The organization offers tools, resources, and advice to help individuals make informed decisions about their alcohol consumption.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): is a worldwide fellowship of individuals who share their experiences, strengths, and hopes to help each other recover from alcoholism. In the UK, AA offers support through regular meetings where members discuss their experiences and support one another in their journey towards sobriety. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
  • Change Grow Live (CGL) - is a UK-based charity that provides support for people who want to change negative and destructive behaviours. This includes assistance for those dealing with substance misuse, mental health issues, or other challenges. CGL offers a holistic approach, working with individuals to improve their overall well-being and quality of life.
  • NHS - Addiction Support - The National Health Service (NHS) provides various resources and support services for individuals struggling with drug addiction or misuse. This includes guidance on recognizing signs of drug addiction, advice on how to get help, and links to local support services. The NHS emphasizes the importance of early intervention and seeking appropriate treatment for drug-related issues.
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