Do you have a problem with drugs or alcohol? It’s a hard question to ask yourself and sometimes a harder one to answer honestly. However asking yourself this basic question is an essential first step in overcoming a substance abuse problem.
Admitting to yourself, and then to other support people, that you are struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol allows you to move forward with recover.
So, do YOU have a problem with drugs or alcohol?
Sometimes people have a substance abuse problem and are unaware of the signs that their ‘fix’ has taken control. It’s easy to think that your use of drugs or alcohol is something you can control, until you suddenly realise you can’t. It might take someone else pointing out to you that you’ve started acting differently, or you may realise yourself after a certain incident or event. It is once you become aware and admit there is a problem, that you can start to seek recovery.
The signs of drug addiction can be different in each person, however some similar personal and lifestyle problems generally begin to develop:
- Individual struggles to fulfil normal tasks at home or work
- Difficulties maintaining relationships due to addictive behaviour
- Cutting down leads to physical suffering
- Lying, defensiveness and anger when confronted about drug use or consumption levels
- Needing more than you used to, in order to have the same feeling
Consequences of addiction
The consequences of addiction can be painful, both emotionally and physically, and tend to worsen with time and increased substance use. Not only is the addicted person affected, their loved ones also may feel great hurt, anger and suffering. The huge pain inflicted on others can help an addicted person realise they need to seek help and professional support.
With professional counselling in Melbourne you will be able to change your life, ending the physical and emotional suffering of substance abuse. Our counsellors are experienced and trained in supporting a person through this difficult transitionary period.
Alcohol and drug counselling
Your new life, without substance abuse, will be worth the physical and emotional difficulties of withdrawal. You will once again enjoy relationships with others, without feeling ashamed or needing to hide your substance abuse. You will find time again for the things you loved, unburdened by the cost and all consuming nature of drugs and alcohol.
A complete turn around of your life is possible, with professional support and your courage to ask for help. Contact our Melbourne counsellors and psychologists today and they will help you through this journey.
It helps to have someone who can provide support, honesty and advice separate from the biases, hurt and suffering that loved ones may feel. Your counsellor or psychologist is there to provide you with professional help as well as emotional support, and knows how to tackle all the phases of overpowering substance abuse:
- Confronting the habit
- Pinpointing the principal cause of your addiction
- Ending addictive patterns and behaviours
- Developing survival strategies
- Changing harmful thinking
We want to help YOU
Your struggle with addiction is unique – because the reasons you struggle with addiction, your life and your personality are also unique. That’s why at Life Supports each Melbourne client is paired with a Melbourne-based accredited drug and alcohol counsellor or psychologist that is suitable for them.
Your drug and alcohol counsellor will be a key person in your withdrawal from substance abuse and change of life habits, so it is essential you have the right person. You should always feel comfortable with them and be honest and open.
It will not be easy to overcome drug addiction, but the alternative is far worse. Call us now on 1300 735 030 and let us provide you with the support of a Melbourne drug and alcohol counsellor.
Our Melbourne Life Supports network of Counsellors and Psychologists has all the details of our counsellors and psychologists. If there is a counsellor who you feel will suit your needs, tell our receptionist and we’ll try to accommodate your requests.