Drug Abuse Counselling
Mental Health Counselling for Drug Abuse Problems and Drug Misuse – Available in Wolverhampton amd Online Worldwide
Drug Abuse is becoming more and more prevalent in today’s highly stressed environment. Drug abuse may involve both illegal as well as legal drugs such as cocaine or alcohol. You can read about alcohol abuse separately here.
Many people are able to use recreational drugs (Cannabis, Cocaine etc.) without developing major addiction problems or suffering any negative consequences, but for some users, it can become a significant problem that has a truly devastating impact on your life at home, work or socially.
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Drug Abuse can lead to increasing isolation and withdrawal from everyday life and for a number of sufferers, can lead to the ultimate penalties of legal problems or even premature death.
In order to effectively deal with the problem of drug abuse, it is important to understand the nature of addiction and how this addiction manifests itself in symptoms and behaviours.
Key Features of Drug Abuse
There are a multitude of reasons why people take drugs, often this can be due to peer pressure in adolescence and the need to feel like one belongs to the right social group.
Sometimes abuse offers a way to escape from some previous traumatic experience, often which occurred in earlier times but which still produce negative feelings in the present for example Anxiety, Depression or Stress.
It does not necessarily follow that all abuse will lead automatically to a state of Addiction as Character and Personality Type can play an important role in determining susceptibility to Addictive Behaviours.
In some cases, drugs may only create a habitual behaviour and not actually be addictive lending weight to the theory that addiction is largely ‘person-centric’.
Abuse and Addiction are not necessarily a problem unless it impacts upon your life, and more importantly, the level of use at which addictive behaviour can said to occur is NOT directly related to the amount of drugs being used!
IF you ARE using drugs AND it IS having a negative effect on your life, then it is likely that you have a drug abuse problem.
Why Do Some People Develop Drug Abuse Problems
As is true with almost all Psychological problems and conditions, the degree of vulnerability to addictive behaviour is determined by personal factors such as your nurturing environment, genetic factors, personality type, social conditioning and any previous mental health problems.
Susceptibility factors may include:-
- Addictive behaviours in your family
- Childhood Emotional Traumas – Conscious or Unconscious
- Other prevailing psychological problems such as Depression or Anxiety
- Substance Abuse at an early age
- Physical method of ingestion – Injecting may lead to addiction more swiftly
The Effects of Drug Abuse on the Brain
Drug Abuse is complex (due to so many factors being involved) and despite the fact that all drugs produce slightly different effects on the Brain, one effect that all abused drugs have in common is their ability, through repeated use, to actually effect the way the Brain functions.
Recreational drugs produce a pleasurable effect by triggering the release of Dopamine into the bloodstream.
These feelings are so pleasurable that the Brain (at least the person) wants the experience to be repeated.
The importance of these feelings can become so profound that the brain regards them as being as important as other “survival” activities such as eating or drinking.
This behaviour can become “normalised” and impede the ability to rationalise in a clear way, leading to the belief that you cannot “cope” or “survive” without the drug.
Under these conditions, the urge to keep using the drug becomes so dominant that the mind starts to develop arguments to deny the “addiction” and to thus continue to use, often leading to a total inability to gauge the amount of drugs that are being consumed, or “need” to be consumed.
On the positive side is the fact that all of these Brain behaviours can also be “unlearnt” and with the right type of therapy and personal effort drug abuse and addictions CAN be resolved.
The most common indicators of a drug abuse problem are:
- Your substance abuse is starting to become more important than your home life, work or schooling and you are starting to neglect your responsibilities
- You are taking risks whilst using your drugs, for example driving whilst under the influence
- You are having problems with the law, for example being arrested for disorderly behaviour or convictions for theft through trying to obtain funds for buying your drugs
- Your relationships are falling apart due to fights or disagreements which may be frivolous
- You need larger quantities of drugs to get the hit that you used to get with smaller quantities
- You are starting to experience more severe withdrawal symptoms when you are without your drug such as nausea, depression or anxiety
- You feel “powerless” to keep the amount of drugs you’re using to a level you can control
- Your primary focus has shifted to drug abuse and you may have quit doing the things you used to enjoy such as socialising or keeping fit
If you demonstrate any of these behaviours then we strongly recommend that in the first instance you consult your GP before you talk to us about how we could help you.
Once you’re ready to face the truth about your drug abuse problem then you have already taken the first important step towards solving the problem and can move towards seeking a solution.
Whichever recovery option you decide to take, being honest with yourself and obtaining the help and support of friends and family can undoubtedly help you to make the move to a drug free life.
Drug abuse is a form of ‘self-soothing’ to make oneself feel better or to avoid having to feel bad. Some research suggests that people who gravitate towards narcotics frequently have very few meaningful ‘social connections’ and that drug taking somehow fills this ‘gap’.
Drug abuse is also associated with peer pressure, particularly within youth culture, and can often lead to the taking of drugs just to ‘fit in’ with what others are doing.
Just as often people may turn to drugs because of earlier emotional trauma that has not been resolved, but as with most ‘solutions’ that seem like a good idea at the time, drug abuse almost always becomes a much bigger problem than the original ’cause’.
Psychological Help for Drug Abuse Problems
Not do we only offer a wide range of Psychological Therapies for mental health problems such as Drug Abuse, but you can also purchase our self-help book, the Restrictive Realities of Belief written by Paul who is an academic psychologist with more than 30 years experience of working in people development.
This book is designed to provide you with all of the essential knowledge and latest research into mental health counselling as well as a practical set of tools and techniques for making real changes.
Transform Your Thinking & Overcome Drug Abuse Issues
If you’re committed to overcoming your Drug Abuse problems then we highly recommend following our Advanced Tranceformental CBT programme with Paul. Tranceformental CBT is available as Online Therapy if required.
The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic mental health counselling course, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.
Our Tranceformental CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
Alternative Therapy Options for Drug Abuse
Although our preferred form of mental health counselling for Drug Abuse problems is Tranceformental CBT we also offer alternative Psychotherapies for those who might prefer a different approach.
- Psychodynamic therapy which focuses more on emotional problems and relies on the Therapeutic Relationship to bring about change. Available with Paul.
- General Counselling which is less structured but still provides a safe and non-judgmental environment to discuss issues which is therapeutic in its own right.
- Hypnotherapy is an alternative form of therapy that can be applied to a very wide range of problems and is available with Joan.
Free Initial Consultations for Drug Abuse Problems
We offer all prospective clients an initial consultation to discuss your Drug Abuse problems prior to commencing any treatment plans.
The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.
During this consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
Initial consultations are also available as part of our online therapy service.
At Tranceform Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss our change programmes BEFORE proceeding.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Is Addiction Real?
Many scientists now question whether or not an 'addiction' is a 'real' phenomenon created by a chemical 'hook' or is actually more to do with what a person 'believes'.
Some research suggests that addiction is related to the degree of social connection that a person has or has not.
Read about our perspective on Addiction here.
Buy Our Self-Help Book
The Restrictive Realities of Belief is Paul's recently authored self-help book containing everything you need to know about how mental health problems are 'realised' through the socio-cultural beliefs that we acquire over our lifetimes and what you can do to bring about effective change.
You can read a synopsis of what this book is all about on this page:
It is currently available as a 307 page A4 PDF file for just £19.99 which you can purchase here using PayPal. Your copy of the book will be sent by e-mail.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a proven, evidence-based form of mental health counselling for developing a fundamental understanding of the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.
The full course costs £795 which you can pay for on our fees page.
Tranceformental CBT is available On-line as well as a one-to-one format in the clinic.
Visit Online Counselling for more details.
Contact Joan Lee D. Hyp. MIAEBP
I specialise in the following therapies:
I also offer a complete programme which combines mindfulness, meditation and hypnotherapy
Call Joan on: 07434 776504