The cornerstone to overcoming substance abuse is acknowledging to yourself and others that you have a problem. This honesty and openness about your addiction is a key step in eventually conquering substance abuse.
What are the telling signs of drug or alcohol addiction?
It is possible for a person to live for some time with substance abuse, completely unaware that they are addicted to their ‘fix’. Sometimes it takes a particular event or a family member’s concern to serve as a catalyst to seeking help and realising that there is a problem.
Different people experience different symptoms when they become addicted to drugs or alcohol, however there are some common indicators:
- Difficulties in ordinary performance without drinking or drug taking
- Struggling to sustain relationships due to substance related behaviour
- Bodily Withdrawal Symptoms when trying to stop or cut down
- Needing more and more to have the same results
- Self-justifying and Deceptive when asked about consumption
Consequences of addiction
Addiction has not only physical effects, but can devastate the user and their family emotionally. Relationships can be destroyed, families broken apart and a huge burden placed on those who love the addict. It can also cause great mental pain for the addict who may feel hopeless to change their life.
However, understanding the emotional toll on your loved ones can be a trigger in deciding to get help.
Thankfully, with professional support it is possible to stop addiction and take back control of your life. Our Brisbane counsellors can provide support and advice.
Alcohol and drug counselling
Imagine your life without the restrictions and pain of drug and alcohol abuse. Your relationships will undoubtedly improve and you may gain back friends and family members who had reached their breaking point. Your body will feel healthier and your mind clearer.
All of these things are possible, if you ask for support and work with us to improve your life. Call our Brisbane counsellors today and begin the process of overcoming drug addiction and turning your life around.
Your counsellor or psychologist will be essential in helping you overcome addiction for good. Working together you will understand old ways and end bad habits. The most important steps of overcoming substance abuse are:
- Confronting the habit
- Recognition of the fundamental cause of your addiction
- Breaking addictive patterns and behaviours
- Learning coping strategies to get you through each day
- Challenging harmful thinking
Personal Focus in Drug and Alcohol Counselling
Here at Life Supports we know each client is different, so we make sure we match each person with a Brisbane accredited drug and alcohol counsellor or psychologist that has the experience to help them.
You must feel great confidence in your Brisbane drug and alcohol counsellor , and be comfortable in being honest with them. This is indispensable for successfully overcoming substance abuse.
Though it is hard to own up to your problem and ask for help, it is harder still to continue to live with drug addiction. Call us now on 1300 735 030 and let us match you with a Brisbane drug and alcohol counsellor who will be instrumental in your life change.
Browse our Brisbane Life Supports network of Counsellors and Psychologists and if there is a professional who you feel will suit you, tell our receptionist when you call and we’ll try to accommodate your requests.