Overcome alcohol & drug addiction with counselling in London

Addiction Counselling London

Picture yourself escaping the self-destructive cycle of drinking within just 8 weeks, taking control of your life, and rebuilding trust with your partner.

Believe it or not, it's achievable, even if your relationship is hanging by a thread, you're submerged in a drinking culture, or past attempts with AA, counselling, or rehab haven't worked out.

Our Addiction Counselling London services are here to assist you in making a total mindset transformation and reshaping your connection with alcohol. 

Addiction counselling creates a truly safe and supportive environment, free from judgment – something that even your nearest and dearest struggle to offer.

Our addiction counselling process is specifically designed to foster lasting change, allowing you to manage your drinking or drug use without the jarring impact of rehab. During the sessions, you'll delve into your emotions and uncover their effect on your actions, empowering you to adopt healthier habits and regain control over your life. Embark on this life-altering adventure and discover the freedom you've been wishing for.


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 London
  • ​​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


All our counsellors are...

Experienced, Trusted, Qualified, Regulated


Hey, I’m Luke Worsfold, the founder of Lisa Inside Addiction.

As a counsellor with 6 years of sobriety, my goal is to help you take control of your drinking.

How It Started

How It Is Going

I grew up with a mother who struggled with alcohol and passed away when I was just 10 years old. Unfortunately, I followed in her footsteps, drinking and taking drugs until I lost my partner, family connections and business.

I relentlessly searched for answers through google, books, AA Meetings and rehab but nothing seemed to be working… then I discovered…. ADDICTION THERAPY.

Thanks to the power of therapy, I was able to understand why I drank, earn back my loved one’s trust and break free my self-destructive cycle of drinking and using drugs.

Now I’ve made it my mission to help others take control of their drinking/drug use and reduce their consumption.

I can confidently tell you, you are in the right place! So book a call and let’s walk this journey together.


What our SOBER clients have to say

4.7 stars out of 40+ reviews

"Even in my first few sessions he helped me change my way of thinking"

Luke is really easy to talk to, I am currently having counselling with him and even in my first few sessions he helped me change my way of thinking and make some really positive changes in my life to ultimately make me happy.


"He is empathetic, knowledgeable and really makes the sessions fit you"

I was hesitant about therapy as a concept and questioned if it would benefit me at the start. Firstly, Luke is a great counsellor. He is empathetic, knowledgeable and really makes the sessions fit you. Counselling is not a magic wand where you’re suddenly ‘cured’, but much of a journey and Luke really supports you along the way. I would absolutely recommend Luke wholeheartedly.


"He listens intently and without prejudice"

If i could leave a 100 star review for Luke I would, he has been amazing from day 1. He listens intently and without prejudice, the skills he has taught me over the time I have worked with him will be with me for a lifetime and I will be forever thankful that I found him when I needed it the most. Thank you so much for everything.


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 London
  • ​​Confidential and non-judgmental
  • ​​No obligation or hard sell!


Lisa Inside Addiction - Counselling London

Address: Staple Inn, 4 High Holborn, London WC1V 7QH

Phone: 07441 393697


What is addiction counselling London

Addiction therapy in London is a specialised field of therapy aimed at helping individuals recognise, 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 therapy 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, addiction counselling provides a safe space for exploration, growth, and ultimately, transformation.

Understanding drug addiction and Behavioural Addictions

Addiction, at its core, is a complex condition characterised 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 of the addictive behaviour 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 recognise 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.

Why is addiction counselling so effective in drug and alcohol treatment?

  • Personalised Approach: Unlike some treatments that offer a one-size-fits-all solution, therapy 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 personalised understanding ensures the addiction treatment is adapted to individual needs, maximising its effectiveness.
  • Safe and Non-judgmental Environment: Addiction therapy 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 therapy 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, 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 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.

Benefits of Counselling and psychotherapy

  • Get your drinking or drug use under control so you can stop drinking out of boredom or pure habit.
  • Redefine your love-hate relationship with drink or drugs 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 on drink or drugs 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.

Free Online Self-Assessment


  • ​​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

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 specialise 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 specialisation 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 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).


Frequently Asked Questions

Does Lisa Inside Addiction provide addiction counselling in London?

Yes, we offer specialised addiction services in London tailored to meet individual needs.

How long does a typical a session last?

A typical counselling session lasts about 50 minutes to an hour.

Can you refer me to local addiction services in London?

Absolutely. We have a well-established network with various local addiction services in London. This integration ensures a holistic approach to recovery, leveraging both our in-house capabilities and external specialised services.

How does your centre integrate with the broader London healthcare system?

We maintain active collaborations with London's NHS services and other healthcare providers. Our integrative approach allows for seamless referrals, shared resources, and joint community initiatives to ensure comprehensive care for our clients.

What is London known for?

London is renowned for its rich history, iconic landmarks like Big Ben and the Tower of London, the River Thames, and cultural institutions such as the British Museum. It's also a global hub for arts, commerce, education, fashion, finance, and more.

Benefits of in-person therapy in London?

In-person sessions allow for a deeper, more personal connection between the therapist and the client. It offers a safe, confidential space for open communication and facilitates better assessment of non-verbal cues. Being in London, clients can also tap into a vast network of supportive community resources and groups that complement the therapy.

How many sessions will I need?

On average, clients might need around 8 sessions. However, therapy is a personal journey, and some individuals might benefit from more extended support.

What is the cost per session?

The cost per session ranges from £49 to £1995. Given the high living costs in London, we understand the financial constraints, and thus, we offer scholarships and sliding-scale pricing to make our services more accessible.

How do I get there?

Our office is located as you come out of Holbon underground in a distinctive white-thatched building in London. Near Joe and Juice, if you take a left, about 100 yards down the side street you'll find a door on your left where your counsellor will greet you. It is not recommended to drive as the tube or bus is the best mode of transport to take.

What happens if I arrive early?

If you arrive early, you can comfortably wait in our waiting room. Alternatively, you can remain outside or text your counsellor, who will come and collect you before your session.

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.

Local addiction services in London

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.

LISA INSIDE ADDICTION LIMITED - Company number 13401226

​Registered Address: 4 Capricorn Centre, Cranes Farm Road, Basildon, Essex, SS14 3JJ

Trading Address: Staple Inn, 4 High Holborn, London WC1V 7QH

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