To begin battling a problem with drugs or alcohol, you must first acknowledge that you have a problem. This initial admission is essential in moving forwards and overcoming your drug addiction.
Are YOU addicted to drugs or alcohol?
Symptoms of drug or alcohol addiction
In some cases the person with a substance addiction is not aware that they have a problem. It might take a specific event or a conversation with family or friends to realise that their use of drugs or alcohol has become problematic.
The symptoms of drug and alcohol addiction vary, however the below are commonly experienced by addicts:
- Difficulties in normal functioning without having a ‘fix’
- Struggles to maintain relationships due to substance related behaviour
- Physical Withdrawal Symptoms when trying to stop or cut down
- Needing more and more to have the same effect
- Defensive and Deceptive when questioned about consumption
Consequences of addiction
The physical effects of drug or alcohol abuse can be serious, but addiction can also result in a huge emotional toll. Not only can the abuse cause problems for you emotionally, it can cause pain on family members and friends. Drug or alcohol abuse has the potential to completely devastate a family and destroy your work, social and home life.
Understanding what your addiction is doing to the people you love is often a reason for seeking help.
However, there is hope. You can take back control and stop abusing drugs or alcohol. Our Gold Coast counsellors are here to help.
Alcohol and drug counselling
Visualise the way you could be living if you no longer relied on drugs or alcohol. Consider the improvement in your relationships, the mental freedom you will feel and the vast improvements to your physical health. Without substance abuse you will be able to truly enjoy your life and love and look after yourself.
You can be free from substance abuse and live a happier life, if you take the steps and ask for support. Call our Gold Coast counsellors today and you will have taken the first step to reaching your new life.
With the support and professional advice of your counsellor or psychologist you will be able to move past addiction. Together you will work on the core problems that addicts face when changing their lives. These are:
- Facing the addiction
- Uncovering the underlying cause of your addiction
- Ending addictive patterns and ways
- Teaching coping strategies to get you through each day
- Challenging harmful thinking
An Individual Focus in Drug and Alcohol Counselling
Life Supports knows that every person is unique, so they match each client requesting drug and alcohol counselling with a Gold Coast accredited drug and alcohol counsellor or psychologist. This way you get the help you need, not a one size fits all approach.
You should feel a strong sense of trust in your Gold Coast drug and alcohol counsellor , and always feel comfortable in being honest with them. This is essential for overcoming addiction.
It can seem impossible to ask for support and admit your problem, but it has the potential to completely change your life. So call us now on 1300 735 030 and let us team you up with a Gold Coast drug and alcohol counsellor who will help you overcome your addiction.
Feel free to browse the Gold Coast Life Supports network of Counsellors and Psychologists and if there is a person you think you would be most comfortable with, just advise our receptionist when you call and we’ll try to accommodate your wishes.