Addiction Therapist & Counsellor

Certified addiction therapist and counsellor Luke Worsfold, along with the rest of our specialist counselling team we help you get your addiction under control.

What is an Addiction Therapist?

They are a specialized professional trained to help individuals cope with and recover from substance abuse, alcoholism and drug addiction.

They understand the complexities of addiction, both from a psychological and physiological perspective and utilize evidence-based practices to support individuals on their journey to recovery.

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


All our counsellors are...

Experienced, Trusted, Qualified, Regulated


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A certified addiction counsellor - Role and Responsibilities

  • Assessment: Before beginning any treatment, the therapist evaluates a patient’s addiction severity, any underlying mental health conditions, and their readiness for change.
  • Individual Therapy: Offer one-on-one addiction counselling sessions to address the root causes of addiction, identify triggers, and develop coping strategies.
  • Group Therapy: Facilitate group sessions where individuals can share their experiences, gain peer support, and learn from others in recovery.
  • Family Therapy: Educate and support the families of those affected by addiction, enabling them to better understand the illness and how they can assist in the recovery process.
  • Treatment Planning: Develop tailored treatment plans based on individual needs, often coordinating with other health professionals to provide comprehensive care.
  • Relapse Prevention: Equip individuals with the tools and strategies needed to prevent relapse and maintain long-term sobriety.
  • Continuous Education: Keep updated with the latest research and advancements in addiction therapy to provide the best possible care.

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

How does an addiction counsellor Differ From Normal Counsellors:

  • Specialised Training: While all counsellors undergo rigorous training in therapeutic methods, addiction therapists have additional training specifically in addiction and recovery.
  • Experience with Addiction: Many addiction therapists either have personal experience with addiction or have worked closely with those who have. This can offer a unique perspective and a deep understanding of the challenges faced by individuals in recovery.
  • ​Specific Techniques: Addiction therapists employ specialised techniques tailored to addiction recovery, such as motivational interviewing or cognitive-behavioural therapies focused on substance abuse.
  • Holistic Approach: They often integrate a combination of medical, psychological, and social strategies to address all facets of addiction.

In essence, while general counsellors are equipped to handle a broad spectrum of mental health issues, addiction therapists are specialised in the unique challenges and nuances of addiction recovery. Their combination of personal experience and targeted training allows them to empathise with, support, and guide those navigating the complexities of addiction.

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!



What our SOBER clients have to say

4.7 stars out of 40+ reviews

"I can see a future for myself and my young family"

I came across luke on google when I realised I needed help with my alcohol addiction, he has taught me positive methods to control my cravings and addiction. Before starting the course life wasn’t the greatest for me, drinking every day, a very repetitive life. Since I’ve stopped drinking, life has a much more positive meaning, I can see a future for myself and my young family. I owe a lot of this success to Luke and his sessions. I can’t recommend Luke enough for what he has helped me achieve.


"Rebuilding my life by giving me the tools I need to stay clean and rebuild relationships"

Luke has been helping me with my ketamine addiction and helping me with rebuilding my life by giving me the tools I need to stay clean and rebuild relationships. I’m very grateful to have found Luke and pushed me in the right direction. He’s gone above and beyond for me and my partner.


"The work I have done on myself through him has been life changing"

It’s difficult to put into words how thankful I am that I found Luke. It was at a dark time and I was sure that my addictions would end up ruining my life, but felt powerless against them. Luke not only looks at stopping the addiction, but more importantly goes right back to find what has led to it. Some of the realisations I’ve had during this journey have been groundbreaking for me. I have recently attended a big event that I never ever thought I would be able to get through without slipping, but thanks to the tools and techniques Luke has taught me, I not only got through the event but had the time of my life without even being tempted to slip into my old habits. Six months ago I would’ve thought that impossible. I will continue my journey with Luke as my counsellor. His friendly approach to the sessions make them something I look forward to and not something I have to do. I really can’t thank Luke enough, the work I have done on myself through him has been life changing.


What to look for in an addiction 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 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).


What our SOBER clients have to say

4.7 stars out of 40+ reviews

"He seemed to truly care about my rehabilitation"

After exhausting many other routes of treatment my family and I found Luke at Lisa Inside Addiction at the perfect time. At this point I found myself completely lost and overwhelmed with life and was finding it difficult to engage with treatment. Off the bat Luke was someone that I found to be very personable and also trustworthy, and he seemed to truly care about my rehabilitation. Due to this I was able to engage fully with his teachings and I saw rapid success. Luke's knowledge of addiction and therefore my exact thoughts during the process was very helpful as he was always two steps ahead and had great insights and advice.


"This was the first time I actually felt like the therapist was engaged in my own personal feelings"

I came to Luke and Lisa Inside Addiction, after trying other therapies (1:1 and group). This was the first time I actually felt like the therapist was engaged in my own personal feelings and experiences while offering pragmatic ways of dealing with addition and the factors behind it. I write this review, just under 7 months clean and feel stronger and with the most will power I have ever experienced. I truly believe that Luke has done something different which has actually worked. He is a really nice, calm and personable guy. There is no awkwardness. I cannot recommend him enough.


"His own journey and story is an example of life and proof that there is light at the end of the tunnel. "

The support I have received from Luke over the last 12 weeks have profoundly have a positive effect on myself and my loved ones around me. He has provided me with clear tools to deal with stress and anxiety. Luke as provided me with a rich curriculum and materials that I can keep for life and I can refer to them at any time, combining a wide variety of approaches for me to chose which ones are more suitable for my own personality and needs. His professionalism is outstanding and his own journey and story is an example of life and proof that there is light at the end of the tunnel. His story and what he has achieved at such a young age will certainly inspire you in your own journey for recovery.


Addiction Therapist London

London, a bustling metropolis with diverse cultures and lifestyles, is not immune to the challenges of addiction. Whether grappling with substance abuse or behavioural addictions, individuals in the city often seek professional help. An addiction therapist in London plays an essential role in offering support, guidance, and therapeutic intervention to those in need.

Logistics of Finding an Addiction Therapist

1. Options for Therapy:

  • NHS: The National Health Service offers free counselling services, making it an accessible choice for many. However, these services come with limitations such as wait times, and sometimes a restricted choice in the type of therapy or therapist available.
  • ​Private: Opting for private therapy, though it requires payment, grants patients more freedom in their choice of therapist and therapy type. It often provides a wider array of specialized services and can offer more immediate attention.

2. Delivery for Therapy:

  • Remote: Remote therapy has surged in popularity due to its convenience. This mode offers the flexibility of attending sessions from the comfort of one's home. Furthermore, it broadens the choice of therapists, as geographic location becomes less of a constraint.
  • Face-to-face: Traditional face-to-face sessions offer a personal touch, which some patients prefer. Being physically present can sometimes facilitate a deeper connection and understanding between the therapist and the patient.

3. Formats for Therapy:

  • Group Sessions: Group therapy provides an opportunity for patients to learn from the experiences of others. It fosters a sense of community, where individuals can draw strength from shared struggles and victories.
  • 1:1 Sessions: One-on-one sessions are tailored to the individual's specific needs. These sessions provide a more personalised approach, allowing for in-depth exploration of personal issues and targeted guidance from the therapist.

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.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are you an addiction therapist based in London?

Yes, we are situated in London and offer specialised addiction therapy services throughout the city. Our London base allows us to tap into the diverse and unique needs of the metropolitan's inhabitants, providing tailored therapeutic interventions that understand and address the specific challenges faced by individuals in this dynamic environment. Leveraging local resources and a deep understanding of the community, we are committed to offering the highest level of care and support to those seeking help with addiction in the heart of the UK's capital.

What is London known for?

London is renowned for its rich history, iconic landmarks such as the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and the Houses of Parliament, as well as its world-class museums, theatres, and cultural events. The River Thames, London Eye, West End theatre district, and neighbourhoods like Covent Garden and Camden further exemplify its diverse and vibrant character. Additionally, London is known as a major global financial hub.

Are all conversations with an addiction counsellor confidential?

Generally, yes. Conversations with an addiction counsellor are treated with utmost confidentiality. However, if there's an immediate risk of harm to oneself or others, or if certain illegal activities are disclosed (like terrorism or drug trafficking in some regions), the therapist may have an ethical and legal obligation to report.

How does therapy for addiction differ from other types of therapy?

Addiction therapy specifically targets the unique challenges and underlying issues related to substance abuse and addiction behaviours. It employs evidence-based techniques tailored for addiction recovery, focuses on relapse prevention, and often integrates medical, psychological, and social strategies.

What kind of training does an addiction counsellor have?

An addiction counsellor typically holds a degree in counselling, psychology, or a related field, with additional specialised training in addiction and substance abuse. This training equips them with the skills to understand and address the complexities of addiction.

How often should I see my addiction therapist?

The frequency of sessions varies based on individual needs. Some might benefit from weekly sessions, while others may attend multiple times a week, especially in the early stages of therapy. Your therapist will recommend a schedule that best supports your recovery journey.

What should I expect in my first session?

In the initial session, your therapist will likely conduct an assessment to understand the severity and nature of your addiction, discuss your goals for therapy, and outline the therapeutic process. It's an opportunity for you to ask questions, share your story, and establish a rapport with the therapist.

When are appointments available?

Appointments for addiction counselling are typically available on Monday to Friday 7 AM to 8 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to 12 AM. You can check the availability of appointments in the counsellor’s diary and book a date and time that works for you. It is important to keep in mind that availability may vary depending on the counsellor’s schedule and the demand for appointments.

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